SAILBOAT REFIT Pt 5: CONCLUSION & COSTS

In the conclusion to our series of articles about SY Esper’s complete refit in Thailand for Sailing Today, we set out the costs for the whole project. Was it worth it? When we limped into Malaysia, SY Esper was in pretty bad shape. Equipment needed replacing and she leaked like a sieve. We had three options…

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SAILBOAT REFIT Pt 4: ELECTRICS & ELECTRONICS

The refit of SY Esper in Satun, Thailand, was extensive but perhaps the most complex aspect was the rewiring, which included the installation of a new navigation system, new lighting and additional circuits.

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SAILBOAT REFIT Pt 3: HULL & MACHINE SHOP

One of the reasons for our visit to PSS boatyard in Satun, Thailand, was to determine what course of action we needed to take to tackle osmosis in our Oyster 435. We had dealt with the biggest blisters in the Maldives, but knew there was more work to do…

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SAILBOAT REFIT Pt 2: DECK

While waiting two months for a place in the boatyard, we began to question whether we were making the right decision to replace the wooden deck. No-one we met regretted getting rid of their teak, and the marinas were full of gleaming teak-less yachts. We watched owners make short work of scrubbing their decks without worrying about damaging the grain.

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SAILBOAT REFIT Pt 1: INTERIOR

This is the second in our series of articles about SY Esper’s complete refit in Thailand for Sailing Today¬†magazine. The interior of SY Esper, our Oyster 435, took a beating when the saloon hatch broke open during a storm in the Indian Ocean, but the veneer had been steadily deteriorating for some time before that.

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SAILBOAT REFIT: INTRODUCTION

The first in a series of articles on Esper’s complete refit in Thailand, originally written for Sailing Today magazine. We are reproducing the original articles on FTB complete with new photographs… Remaining on a pontoon in India for two years, despite basic servicing and upkeep, had led to some general deterioration of our boat. But for SY Esper to stand a chance of completing a passage to South Africa, she needed to be in the best possible shape. So we spent a full season planning, servicing and preparing.

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Esper Refit 7 – the E Team; first coat of primer

A Thai carpenter's plane

Esper has changed colour and the first non-white Formica is up in the galley too. Check out our favourite video clip of the project so far, but do it soon before it gets taken down. I’ve just received notification of a copyright infringement! Meet The A Team, now called The E Team…

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Esper Refit Week 5

Marine etch primer is applied to the main mast

Come into my office. Yes, we have an office, albeit a bit noisy and breezy. It was a frustrating week for some (me) but the rest of the team has been cracking along. Liz’s Study, complete with a new, curved all, is almost complete. Meanwhile the painters have started filling the topsides and have already spraypainted primer on the main mast.

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Esper Refit 4 – tent up; filling in a portlight

The yard workers at PSS Boatyard Satun erect the tent for our boat

Teak decks are being ripped off, toilets have been removed, the top-sides have been spraypainted black and someone is creating so much fibreglass particles and sawdust that even after three showers we’re still itching like hell. The question, therefore, should be: exactly how close are we to a nervous breakdown after a month on the hard here in Thailand? The video clip should put it all in perspective…

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Esper Refit 3 – removing deck fittings; interior mood boards

Mey uses paint remover on the mast

Six days of work in a three minute video clip… and whilst Liz gets a smack in the head we bring the entire yard to a standstill as we move four boats out the way so we can take prime spot in the corner of the yard. A snippet of time-lapse video trickery in this week’s video summary too. Low-point of this week was having to let one of the staff go, but this was off-set by being relocated to our new home.

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Esper Refit 2 – removing the mizzen and main masts

The 7-ton crane preparing to hoist the two masts on Esper

Week Two of Esper’s refit moved as quickly as the first week. The crane was scheduled to arrive on Tuesday, which it did, and Un’s team duly removed both main and mizzen mast in two hours. We recorded the whole shebang, though you’ll be pleased to know we reduced to down to a short clip, complete with some explanatory commentary. If you’ve not seen this operation before, take a look and marvel at the ease in which both masts were removed.

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Esper Refit 1 – an introduction to our boat refit

Removing our worldly possessions in boxes in PSS Boatyard

We’ve been off the radar for the last few weeks, if you’ll excuse the nautical pun there. It’s been a busy time with us leaving Malaysia, entering Thailand, hauling out, finding a house, emptying Esper of our worldly goods and preparing our beautiful but tired boat for a strip down. Esper’s refit is a monumental project. At the very least we’ll be stripping her of her gelcoat, her teak deck, her masts and rigging and her electronics…

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