Well, to to be honest, we bought a whole load of new stuff…
We went on a little shopping trip to Phuket just to demonstrate how easy it is to spend money on a boat with little to show for it. But stumbling across a bargain Fortress anchor was too difficult to resist. It will make a perfect second anchor, and although it’s big, it’s light and folds up flat, giving us much needed room in the lazarette.
Our mizzen staysail has been in its bag for the last year, so we finally got it out and took it to Rolly Tasker to see if they could copy and replace it. The bad news is that they said no. Instead they said they would repair it because it is still in very good condition. Result! While we were there we also looked at fabric and clears for the dodger and had a good old mooch around the fantastic sail loft.
Phuket is three hours away by car, so after a long day we decided to make a night of it and found a gorgeous hotel at a last minute bargain. The Sala Hotel is one of the nicest places we’ve ever stayed, so if you are looking for a do-nothing break by the sea, surrounded by rain forest we can’t recommend it enough.
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While we were spending money we don’t have and enjoying a little luxury, the painters were working hard in and around SY Esper. Things are starting to take shape. They painted the front of the boat to get rid of all the marks left when our anchor guard fell off, and now the rest of the topsides need some work to match the beautiful job they did! They’ve also taken over from Ton on the rain catcher and are doing a great job on filling and faring, ready to paint.
Liz is currently in the UK seeing her dad, who now needs 24 hour supervision and has been moved to a care home. She is pleased to report that he loves it there; he believes that he is in an office having his every whim tended to by beautiful young ladies! She will be heading back to Jamie, Millie and SY Esper next week.
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