The sea is tough on a boat. Salt is corrosive. Pummeling rain storms age decking. And the relentless sun doesn’t quite cause cancer or wrinkles, but it does age a vessel’s complexion in a way that continually requires freshening. That’s why we bear down on integral maintenance on an annual basis.
On June 1 of this year, we hauled the Emeraude out of Halong Bay for a month’s respite in dry dock. The following five pictures tell a little bit of the Emeraude’s dry-land adventure.
We x-ray the Emeraude’s hull to ensure the integrity of the steel. Sometimes, as in this image, the compromised sections are obvious.
So, we cut out the corroded plates and weld in the new sections. Good as new.
Sometimes, it seems as if a boat is no more than a case for an intricate network of pipes carrying water and carrying waste. Pipes age, pipes leak, and when they do we dismantle, we clean and we replace as need be.
This year, the boat’s top suite - the Paul Roque Suite - went in for a full-on renovation. In this picture, our crew works on an air conditioning duct. Get a load of the mechanic’s pith helmet. Old headwear habits die hard in Vietnam.
Voila. Spiffed up and ready for another season, the Emeraude is looking good after another round of sanding and painting.