027 Part 2 – followtheboat – Oyster 435 Refit in Thailand

s/v Esper during refit in Thailand

In this episode, we feature part two of our interview with Jamie Furlong and Liz Cleere from the followtheboat YouTube sailing channel about the extensive refit of their Oyster 435 sailboat in Thailand.

Intro Chat

  • We had a great time hanging out in Nashville and listening to great music on broadway every night.  We even had time to check out Percy Priest Lake  and some of the local sailboats at the Nashville Shores Marina.   We also enjoyed a great lunch at Papa Turney’s BBQ right above the marina offices, that is some tasty BBQ.
  • We have been watching the Olympic Sailing races, but it is disappointing that NBC did not have broadcasting on many of the early races.  It is much more interesting with Gary Jobson and two time medalist, Randy Smyth providing commentary.
  • New resources page on TheSailingRode.com   It includes all the other sailing podcasts and websites we follow along with other resources we have found helpful.


In part 2 of our interview with Liz and Jamie talk about the refit of s/v Esper, a 1989 Oyster 435.   They are currently cruising in Phuket, Thailand.   They also talk about a rough passage in the Indian Ocean.

Liz and Jamie refinished essentially every surface of the boat and spars.  The refit took just over a year to complete.

s/v Esper in the boat yard

s/v Esper in the boat yard

The teak decks were removed and replaced with Awlgrip decks.

Removing the teak decks

Removing the teak decks

Interior demolition

Interior veneer replaced

Updated interior

Launching Esper after the refit

Launching Esper after the refit

Liz and Jamie celebrating the completed refit

Liz and Jamie celebrating the completed refit

Check out some great videos of Millie and Liz fishing:

Millie & Liz fishing video

Millie catching her own fish

Get access to additional details on their refit and costs by becoming a patron of followtheboat here.

Check out there great videos on their YouTube channel here.

Also go to their website followtheboat.com  to see their blog and lots of amazing pictures by Jamie…


Great photos by Jamie



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