Around the world with S/V Zephyr

The adventures of Bill & Tracy as they fulfill their lifes dream of sailing the world. We've dreamed of this for years and now is the time while the health is still good and there is money in the kitty to make it come true.

27 March 2017 | Saba Rock again
25 March 2017 | Saba Rock again
25 March 2017 | Now in Saba Rock
21 March 2017 | Charlotte Amalie, US Virgin Islands
20 March 2017 | Christmas Cove. St. Thomas, USVI
20 March 2017 | Magens Bay, St. Thomas, USVI
19 March 2017 | Magens Bay, St. Thomas, USVI
19 March 2017 | Magens Bay, St. Thomas, USVI
16 March 2017 | Maho Bay, St. John, USVI
14 March 2017 | Maho Bay, St. John, USVI
13 March 2017 | Charlotte Amalie, US Virgin Islands
11 March 2017 | Charlotte Amalie, USVI
11 March 2017 | Charlotte Amalie, US Virgin Islands
09 March 2017 | Charlotte Amalie, US Virgin Islands
09 March 2017 | Charlotte Amalie, US Virgin Islands
07 March 2017 | Charlotte Amalie, US Virgin Islands
06 March 2017 | Charlotte Amalie, US Virgin Islands
04 March 2017 | Charlotte Amalie, US Virgin Islands
03 March 2017 | Charlotte Amalie, US Virgin Islands
02 March 2017 | Christmas Cove. St. Thomas, USVI

Back to the bar to get internet.

27 March 2017 | Saba Rock again
Bill/sunny with winds
Not sure when I'll get this posted as we have no internet now that we have left Saba Rock. I'll get it up as soon as I can.

It's now Saturday night and we've settled into the mooring field here at Saba Rock in the North Sound at Virgin Gorda. Tomorrow morning, shortly after 0800, we will be heading over to the dock to get the water we need to refill our tanks. Since we have been here before, we know that the hose they use isn't the best to get good tasting water so we will be getting out our nice white water hose. Not sure what kind it is but it always give us great tasting water with out the "garden" hose taste you get so often. When we bought Zephyr back in 2007, she was loaded with cases of Costco water. The owner explained that the water from the tanks tasted horrible. We checked his hose and sure enough, he was using common everyday garden hose to put water in the tanks. We pumped it all out and filled it using our white hose and never looked back. We'll be using our own hose tomorrow. I expect we will be taking on close to 200 gallons before it's done. That's a lot for a cruising sailboat but we are built for cruising and we actually take close to 270 but the fourth tanks is locked closed and can't be opened till the others are full.

Once we get the tanks full, we're heading just around the corner here in the North Sound to a small little bay we saw four boats in earlier today. It looks like it should give us good protection from the southeast winds and from the swells. Guess we will see. I've got our scuba gear all ready for diving on the prop and getting it cleaned. The Lanocoate with TBT mixed in had finally died and the prop now needs a good cleaning. Hopefully, the water will remain somewhat calm so I can do the job. Then it's on to other projects or they might get delayed depending on the weather. If it's nice, we want to go about 20 miles north of here to Anegada so see what it looks like. When we charted here in 2005, it was off limits as its got a ton of coral reefs all around it. Now they've put in navigation buoys to make it easier to come in and have a place to anchor. We'll know what's happening when the weather shows up.

Sunday had passed as a busy day. We were up just after 0700 and waited for Saba Rock to open so we could go in and get out water and ice. We let some other boats(charterers) in first as they have places to be and really don't at this time. By 0900, we were tied up to the dock with the tank caps unscrewed and water pouring into the tanks. We started putting fingernail polish on the tank caps on deck so it is easy to tell what goes where. When we were in Mexico back in 2010, I mistakenly put the water hose down into the diesel tank and ruined a bunch(about 150 gallons) of fuel. We had to pump it all out into tanks to be taken away and then the tanks cleaned and refilled. Not something I want to repeat. The water tank lid is blue and the fuel tank is red. Much of the fuel we had bought when we first bought Zephyr was tinted pink so it was an easy decision as to what to paint it. Even so, I chant, over and over,"is this water, yes, it's water" several time, purposely looking at the word(either "diesel" or "water"that is stamped on the lid)while I chanting. I'm not going to make that mistake ever again. It took quite a while but we got the three tanks all filled. Once done, we headed out for Robin's Bay, about .9 miles from Saba Rock. A real easy trip simply avoiding all the chartered boats as they zipped through the bay paying no mind to anyone around them.
When we got to Robin's Bay, there were five boats and through the day, with some coming and some leaving, it has stayed at five. As we dropped the anchor and got it set in the sand, we had a problem with the chain coming our of the anchor locker. It was bound up on something and needed attention. The hook was set so we were not going any where. With Tracy by my side, we slowly pulled all the rest of the chain out of the forward locker straightening the out as we went. Repeated anchorings had left a nasty twist to the chain making it darn near impossible to get it to come out. We had about 220 feet out so we dragged another 120 feet out and slowly twisted it in a counter clockwise direction till we got it all straight. We untied the line that attached to the end of the chain so it was straight as well. The rope is what had been the problem as the chain twisted, the line slowly worked itself around the line making a big pile of chain that refused to move. It took a while to get it all out and laid on a long tarp and uncoiled before we could put it back in the anchor locker.
With the water tanks now full, I dropped the big filter that I installed in the fresh water line a few years ago and changed the filter. It was quite dirty as no matter how hard we try, some dirt, sand and just stuff get in the tank. A very fine grit. Next came bleeding out the air from the water lines. When the faucets are turned on, air comes blowing out till it's all out of the lines and just water comes out.
We had a nice lunch of Zatarans Smothered Chicken Rice before starting out on the next task. I was going to clean the prop. We covered it with lanocoate(the oil from sheeps wool in a thick paste)mixed with TBT(Tributyl Tin). The lanocoate seals the metal so nothing will attach and the TBT kills anything that tries to make a home on the prop blades. We put it in(painted it on since you don't really want to touch it) when we were put of the water in Trinidad last August and it was time to scrape off what had grown and paint on a new coat. We'd already unpacked our scuba gear so I strapped it on and fell backwards into the water from the midship gate on deck. I let the air out of the buoyancy compensator(big jacket that holds the tank and gear) and slowly drifted down to the prop and went to work. It took about 90 minutes from start to finish using a scraper and then a metal brush to get what the scraper had missed. Tracy had mixed up the nasty mixture for the prop and handed it down along with a cheap paint brush with a lot of the bristles cut off. You don't so much "paint" on the lanocoate as smash it onto the prop surface and shaft. I had to make sure that everything was covered so nothing will get a foot hold on it. Once that job was done, I handed my tools up to Tracy and took off to see how the anchor had set. We'd read a review about Robins Bay saying it didn't offer good holding since the bottom was hard packed sand. Once I got to the anchor, I found that once it landed, it took almost FOUR feet to dig in and bury itself in the sand. That's a fast set for any anchor. We were not going anywhere. Not sure who reported the place to have bad holding but they obviously didn't have a ROCNA anchor(all 88 pounds) on their bow! When I got back to Zephyr, one of the first things I did was turn off the anchor drag alarm and take a shower making sure to wash off all my scuba gear in fresh water.

It's now Monday afternoon and some tasks got taken care of. Dishes washed and the inside picked up. We worked on lubing the Harken roller furled at the bow. It's been harder than what we think is normal so to lube it, we have to pull out all the line that furls the sail to get to the inner hub. There, I found three holes to squeeze in some MacLube(trade name for some expensive lubricant made by Harken I think) which I promptly ran out of. At least it got one application. I'd hoped to go up the mast and do the top fitting but it will have to wait till I get more of the stuff.
Once that job was done, we launched Puff to go for a walk on the stoney beach and retrieve a lost blue "Noodle" on the shore. Noodles are a foam tube about four feet long that are all the rage our here. People ride on them keeping them under each arm pit and across their fronts so they can slowly float around in the water. We don't have any and have no idea who lost it but it's now ours. With it, we found a huge collection of conch shells all over the beach. Hundreds of them, all dead. There were a ton more out in the water as we swam along the shore but each had an occupant and we just won't take shells with living animals in them. Now empty shells, that's another matter. We saw hundreds of conch shells all over the bottom and all with occupants. No shortage in BVI for them. We came back with a nice assortment of older unoccupied shells to add to our collection. We thought of making another snorkel trip in the afternoon but since we spent almost three hours in the water and on the beach this morning and early afternoon, we decided not to so we can get cleaned up and go over to Saba Rock again by dinghy to use their internet. We need to find out what the weather is for the next few days to see if we and make it up and back to Anegada, a huge reef protected island about 17 miles north of here(plus I'll get this post posted.).
We still have five boats in with us and a big yacht(Wings) appeared off our stern this morning joining our group. Their support vessel(BIG dinghy)came and took most of the passengers away probably for a diving or snorkeling trip. I'm sure they will be back later. Right now, we have our Yamaha generator buzzing away on the stern recharging our batteries. The winds have slowed down a bit today so it's taking the place of the wind generator(not very good anyway)at getting our batteries back where we need them to be.

It's now Saturday night and we're at Saba again.

25 March 2017 | Saba Rock again
Bill/ Cloudy and overcast
We stopped in at Christmas Cove on our way out Thursday as it was getting late and we didn't think we could make it all the way back to Maho Bay on St. John. We had 44 boats in the small anchorage with us and it was really packed. Many on mooring and many shoved in between on anchors. We stayed out past the island in nice safe territory where no boats were near us. The problem that we faced as did all the boats there was that the winds had shifted and swells were coming in from the south making it quite rollie just like Charlotte Amalie. Not a pleasant place to park your boat for the night if you wanted a peaceful night sleep. I wasn't bad but Tracy had a bad night.
We were both up early(Friday) and pulled up the anchor chain and headed out ahead of the pack for Maho. Only about 7 miles but into the wind and with swells hitting us from the side making us roll about. We were in and on a mooring ball by 1000. Tracy took off for the stern bunk and a nice nap to try and catch up. I picked up here and there and made lunch when she got up, about 1230. As I started doing dishes, the water pump sounded strange so I stopped what I was doing and checked the tanks--three of four were either empty or darn close. The forward tank that we'd shut off since it had a bad valve was still full but the pump would draw from the empty tanks first(least resistance) before the full tank even if I opened it. We were a boat with no water!!! I'd not checked the tanks as we can normally go about two months where we fill them and we had when we were at Saba Rock on February 23. It had only been one month but there were three of us instead of the normal two and that had taken most of our water. How to solve it? We had a choice--go back to Charlotte Amalie(14 miles each way plus time in the anchorage, of head for the closest place where we could get water and that was back at Saba Rock, about 25 miles northwest of here(in BVI). We didn't want to back track so we dropped the mooring lines and headed out trying to figure where we would stop for the night as we knew we wouldn't reach Saba before nightfall as the winds and waves and rain were still fighting us. Yes, Mother Nature was back at it again. We'd gotten up the a completely overcast day with lots of rain in the clouds. It rained on and off through the day, especially when I was on the front deck pulling up the anchor, or when I was grabbing the mooring ball in Maho Bay. One thing we did do was fire up the water maker and made about 5 gallons into one of our spare tanks as the tank the water maker water goes into(you guessed it) is the tank that we've closed off. At least we have plenty of water for the night.
We finally settled on Benure Bay where we have been several times. It's about 1/3 of the way there. We made plans for Saturday that will take us east(into the winds again) for a short time till we pass Peter Island where we turn left and will have good wind for sailing up to Virgin Gorda's north sound and Saba Rock. They give 250 gallons of water to anyone that takes a mooring ball and that will fill our tanks. It's another 25 miles the way we are going(maybe more)but we should be able to sail which will be nice for a change. Stay tuned.

It's now Saturday evening and we are mooring at Saba Rock after and rousing trip northeast. We were up before 0700 and on our way at 0700 leaving in nasty clouds and weather. Winds were coming out of the southeast blowing down the channel we had to go through to get where we could actually sail for a while. It took about 6 miles and lots of work by the engine before we could pass the south end of Peter Island and turn more northerly. Out came the genoa and off we went finally turning off the engine. Our speed jumped to over 6 knots and we were making good time. It's just over 20 miles from where we were to Virgin Gorda's North Sound and Saba Rock. At times, we had too much sail out and we were heeling like mad but it was a great time being under canvas again. Squalls came and went as did boats heading the opposite way. We rounded the entry way to the sound just as 9 boats were heading out. A traffic jam but we finally made it to GunCreek were we checked into BVI again. It was a nice easy check in and we were off for Saba dragging our dinghy as we had to go in and check in and it's just a mile between the two. Another boat had been behind us as we checked in at Gun Creek when we left but they hurried to get in front of us to get a better mooring. We ended coming in at the same time with them just ahead of us. Their problem was that they didn't have their mooring lines out and they blew the approach. After trying a second time and blowing that, we floated over and I had no problem snatching the line to the mooring and getting it tied. In the meantime, the other boat was still having problems with theirs and the wife had left the deck after an "intense" discussion with her husband. We were all set and about to have lunch when they got settled. After a nice nap, we jumped in Puff and went ashore(still there) and paid our $30 for the night. We'll pick up our water tomorrow and hope the weather is better tomorrow.

We've left Charlotte Amalie again.

25 March 2017 | Now in Saba Rock
Bill/cloudy and windy with rain
It's now Friday and we've escaped from Charlotte Amalie and here's what we did leading up to it. Where we are now has intermittent internet so I'm not sure how soon this will get posted. I'll try and get two out if I can.

We were up and out early this morning(Wednesday) as we wanted to get one of our two propane tanks(fiberglass, not steel)refilled and the place to do it is about 3 miles down the coast tucked into a narrow bay. Getting out early lets us(hopefully) avoid the high winds and swells that come up as the day passes. Off, just after 0800 we made good time in Puff using the 18hp outboard about as fast as was prudent zipping past lots of boats at anchor. We entered the narrow bay and tied up to a rickety old dock that looks like it's home to a bunch of boat that have come here to die. No sailboats that I could see but lots of smaller "run abouts" all in desperate need of repair from the look of them.
Tracy stayed in Puff and I carried the tank around to the office where I paid for filling out 20 pound tank($23) and then over to the filling station where a nice gentleman put the tank on a set of scales and fired up the compressor and a short time later we were nice and over filled. "Scales? We don't need no stinking scales" as he looked at the side of the fiberglass tanks more clear areas to look at the propane as it filled. Once it got to where he couldn't see it any longer and then added some more just for fun. It's the heaviest tank I think we have ever had. I thanked him and then carried it back to Puff and we took off for Zephyr bouncing in the waves and getting blown by the wind as we headed straight into it.
Once back at Zephyr, I grabbed a couple of wrenches and installed the now refilled tank back in its locker next to its twin. Zephyr came with a very nice two tank locker for storing propane tanks. Out of the way on the stern deck, not hanging from the stern pulpit as we have seen so many other boats. An average tank will last us well over a month as we don't use the oven much as it heats up the interior of the boat and since the places we've been are already hot(mid 90s)we don't want to add more degrees to the main cabin. Now that we are in the Caribbean, it's cooler and we can use it. Tracy is down below baking as I type this. The tank that just got refilled is now the main tank for the boat the the one that had been the main tank is now set up for use by the barbecue grill when it's needed. We've seen lots of boats with only one tank which is crazy as when it's gone, it's gone and some places you can't get refilled. We've seen it happen and the other cruisers are amazed that they can't get their tanks filled. It's another example of non standardization of fitting around the world. We were lucky in Fiji when we did run out that they had the necessary filling so they could fill our tanks. The bad thing there was that these fittings wouldn't attach to their compressor so it had to be had cranked into our tank. Took close to an hour to fill our tank with the workman cranking the long lever back and forth putting the gas in.
We just had our third boat of the day show up at the docks. We have one Holland America, one Norwegian and one Princess ship. That should add a good 10,000 people to the population here in CA. The retailers have to love it as they get fresh customers darn near every day. I just checked and if full, that's going to add another 10,000 people to the town plus any crew that gets to come ashore. No wonder it's so busy but as our son found out, after 1800 when all the ships are gone, everything closes up and we found that if only one ship comes in, many stores don't even bother to open.
This afternoon, probably off for the laundromat. Not sure yet. Depends on the weather. If to windy or too rainy, it's not going to happen.

It ended up being to rainy so we shelved the laundry till Thursday. Again, we were up and I was out before 0730 headed for the fuel dock about 2.5 miles west of here. I wanted to add another 20 gallons of diesel to the tanks before we left here. The bay is getting to rollie for comfort and it's time to get out of here. I got the fuel at $3.12 per gallon, the cheapest diesel we've seen in a long time. I got our four diesel jerry cans filled and walked over to the chandlery next door to pick up some parts I need to install the new raw water filter I ordered in. They were supposed to call me when they showed up but as expected, they didn't. With those two parts and two more that will allow me to attach the 1 inch hoses, I was off and away back to Zephyr. We still had a lot to do if we were going to get out of here.
We off loaded the jerry cans and we were off with two big bags of dirty laundry. There's a nice, some what clean laundromat about a mile from the docks and we were hiking to it(up hill of course). It was full of different size washer--$2.75, $3.75, $5.75. $6.75 and $7.75. Once size dryer--huge and cheap(.25 for 7 minutes). We changed in a $20 bill for a bunch and went to work. Three of the $5.75 and one of the $3.75 and sat down and waited. Lots of local doing theirs as well but plenty of machines to go around. We had it all done just before 1200 and headed down to Wendys for lunch. Back to the boat, pour all the diesel in the tanks and we were out of there just after 1400. A busy day but we'd escaped.

Back to Charlotte Amalie and off to the stores.

21 March 2017 | Charlotte Amalie, US Virgin Islands
Bill/Partly cloudy
We're back in Charlotte Amalie after a non eventful trip west along the south coast of St. Thomas. Took off early, about 0830 to avoid as traffic and adverse swells that frequent the area. As the south side is exposed to the open ocean, it can get very rollie along the coast. Pulled in by 1000 and dropped anchor which set promptly in the sandy bottom. With snubbers attached, we made plans for the day. So far, only one cruise ship(Norwegion Escape) was in town with its 4300 bodies. Safari tour busses were all over the place. Carnival Glory came in about an hour later adding another 2300 to the mix. It was going to be a busy day in town for all the stores.

We launched Puff and headed for town taking a big bag of trash with us. Normally, when we buy things at the store, we get rid of as much of the packaging as we can. Cereal boxes are one of the first to go. Still, we do make trash and it has to be gotten rid of. The Yacht Haven Grande charges just $1.00 per bag and we've used that service many times since we've been here. As we got in to shore about 1130, we hiked over to the local Wendys for lunch and then I took off for the Post Office while Tracy hit the Pueblo Super Market. I had parts coming in for our Yamaha generator and they needed picking up. For the first time, someone actually asked to see identification when I showed them the tracking number. Never happened before. Had the package a few minutes later and took off for Kmart. Picked up some snack foods(cheaper there) and then on to meet up with Tracy at Pueblo. Bought another $190 worth of food and headed back to Puff with all arms loaded with bags and carts. Into Puff it all went and back to Zephyr where we unloaded piecemeal as some of the bags were quite heavy to lift from the dinghy. Now came the challenge of finding places to put it all. Our cabinet aren't full and they sure aren't empty but we found places for all of it. Behind settees and under the floor boards. It all got stowed. Time to sit back and stare at the two cruise ships that loomed over us. We were a bit closer than we normally anchor but they made for good swell stoppers so that's just fine. By the time they normally leave, the swell is just about gone and we should have a quiet night. It's now 2230 and all is well.

Tomorrow, we are off for the propane filling station, about 3 miles down the coast. Tracy already knew where it was but I stuck the info into our navigation software on the IPad and it showed me right where it to go. We want to do it early as again, the later you go, the more wind and swells will make the trip harder and far wetter. Once we get that done, we will probably head back to shore and head up the hill to the laundromat to get our clothes washed. We are both running out and it's time. It's about a mile up the road but we can load all the clothes onto our cart and hopefully make it a bit easier. We will see tomorrow.

We expect to be her a few days before heading back out. Biggest job we have is to take the lids off our diesel tanks and clean and filter all the fuel that in them. It's been years since it was done and my primary filter continues to show that there is sediment in the bottoms of the tanks that needs to be gotten rid of. While in South Africa, I made a filtering system that might do the job. I bought a Racor filtration system and added on a 12 volt diesel pump and a bunch of hoses and filters and we should be able to get the job done. Pump out the fuel, filter it while running the end of the hose along the bottom of our tanks till it comes out nice and clean, changing the filters from time to time as needed. Once we get that done, we'll take Zephyr to the Crown Bay marina where we can get her tanks filled once again. Not going to be a cheap stop as we carry about 210 gallons and the tanks are about 15% full so at say 185 gallons at $3.15 per gallons, I need to make sure I have a wallet with me and a very good credit card. Fuel at the Yacht Haven Grande, runs $3.45 so the small trip we have to make at .30 cents cheaper is worth it. I'll let you know.

Back to Christmas Cove

20 March 2017 | Christmas Cove. St. Thomas, USVI
Bill/ rain in the forecast
We stopped along the way to Charlotte Amalie at Christmas Cove just off the east end of St. Thomas. We've been here several times before and we were in no hurry to get back to CA. Mother Nature got it wrong this morning. We upped the anchor just about 0800 and took off, all with no rain. By the time we were exiting the bay, it was sprinkling and continued to do so for the next hour or so. I wasn't standing on deck this time getting soaked as has happened so many times.
As we were heading east, the winds were in our face again but leaving this early, there wasn't a great deal of speed to them. We did have some current but winds were less than 5 knots. We worked our way down the north shore looking at all the different resorts and hotels. I just can't believe that there are that many tourists to fill all the rooms. We rounded the north shore and made our way through the cut and pulled into Christmas and grabbed what looked to be the last mooring ball(at least of what we could see). I ran two lines through the fitting and we were set. Now that we have finished lunch(chicken curry again!!)we'll be going snorkeling again to see what it's like at the small island in the center of the bay. We've heard good and bad. Now we will see. About 34 boats in here at this time and we expect more as the afternoon goes by. It's a busy place as it's the first stopping point once you leave Charlotte Amalie.
It's now approaching 1600 and the anchorage is continuing to fill up. A 40foot plus catamaran came in beside us and dropped his anchor about 15 feet from the starboard side of our boat. MUCH to close for any kind of comfort especially since we are on a mooring buoy and he would be on his anchor. He will swing in the water as the wind changed and we would stay still being on a buoy. As he swung, there was a good chance he would hit us. I tactfully asked him to move. It took some talking and the glaring looks from the 8 men on board. They finally pulled up the anchor and (Im sure grumbling) moved away from us and dropped far away from us. Glad to be rid of them.
It was a very sunny day today as a payback for having it so cloudy and rainy yesterday. After another wonderful lunch of Thai Yellow Curry Chicken on rice, we went for a snorkel trip around the small island in the center of the bay. We'd heard parts of it were pretty good and it proved to be true. It was come of the clearest water we've been in since we got here. Nice collection of different types of young coral and smaller fish. With lots of current going through from time to time, it brings in nutrients to help them grow. I saw a nice looking lobster on my trip, trying to hide in a crevasse in the rocky shore line. He retreated into his hiding place once he saw me reach of him(smart lobster). The water seemed a bit warmer but it was also shallower than precious snorkel runs we've been on around all the islands.
PI, the pizza boat was doing a good business throughout the afternoon with boats coming and going all the time making waves in the anchorage. At $28 for a pizza, we passed this time.
Tomorrow, we are off for Charlotte Amalie again to start on jobs and re provisioning for another stay out in the islands. We are running out of clean clothes as well as food.
One task I have to do is check our house batteries. They have started no keeping as big a charge as they should. After running the generator or using the engines alternators to charge the batteries, once we turn the chargers off, the voltage drops to about 12.4 instead of staying up in the 12.6 or higher range. I think I may have a few bad cells in the batteries so I'll be checking them and buying a new one or two if needed. At close to $200 per battery, I hope I don't find much wrong.18

Heading back to Charlotte Amalie

20 March 2017 | Magens Bay, St. Thomas, USVI
Bill/ Cloudy and overcast
It's now Sunday and we moved again. Take a look at our last two posts as I had no internet and they just got posted. Don't want you to miss them.

We finally have internet so I can get everything updated. We dropped the mooring lines just after 0800 and took off west for Magens Bay, about 14 miles west of where we were and on the north side of St. Thomas. As I forecast to Tracy last night, the winds would drop(had been in the mid teens for weeks)as soon as the Sun came up making us have to motor, Plus, I forecast rain as well. I just know Mother Nature would have fun with us and sure as shooting, it did exactly as I forecast. Darn near no winds and it sprinkled as we left Waterlemon and also as we arrived at Magens Bay. I did all this forecasting without the aid of a computer--just my knowledge of what Mother Nature would have for us. So we ended up motoring all the way across(gee what a surprise). We did roll out the genoa at the bow to capture what winds we might get but what ever there was died off about 5 miles later. We're no anchored deep in the bay protected from most of the swells that pass north of us along the coast. Only three boats in here at this time but it's still early and this anchorage is a bit off the beaten path of the Virgin Islands. Most come in and then visit St. John or head for BVI.

It's now Monday morning and we are getting ready to take off again. This time, on our way back to Charlotte Amalie. We got to Magens Bay and it started to sprinkle and that's all it did all day. A bit of Sun, more rain, a bit of Sun and more rain. While it may have one of the ten best beaches in the world(so the tourist literature says) we are not really beach people. No place to really snorkel so we're out of here. We have things to do back in CA and a box full of parts to pick up. By now, we are starting to run out of clean clothes so we need to get that done also. It's back to the big city and back to work.
Vessel Name: Zephyr
Vessel Make/Model: Shin Fa 458
Hailing Port: Denver, Colorado
Crew: Bill & Tracy Hudson
About: We've been sailing since the early 80's on lakes in New Mexico and Colorado and finally took the plunge and bought Zephyr.
Extra: We moved on board in April of 2008 and have been working and sailing her ever since. Up to Alaska and down to Mexico and across the Pacific to Fiji. We're now in the Caribbean in Grenada after making the crossing from South Africa 7 months ago.
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Zephyr's Photos - Main
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The electrical connection with switch for the new Spectra Watermaker.
Our new watermaker--it still needs the hoses run but we are getting closer to getting the job done.
La Panga Restaurant and Marina Palmira office
You put your trash out in trash cans by the curb.  Here, they put it in raised steel containers to keep animals out of it while awaiting pickup.
OK, sounds like a restaurant I want to try.  Nothing wrong with a skull on the sign.
Boats in Marina Palmira.
Bigger power boats in Marina Palmira.
More boats in Marina Palmira.
Marina Costa Baja
Looking West from the marina.
Looking North towards the hotel La Fiesta.
Boats at Marina Costa Baja.
We sat for quite a while just watching the sun go down and see all her changing colors.  Each night provided a whole rainbow of colors.
La Fiesta Hotel.  Nice place and just about empty.
Matt getting some relaxation at the pool.
They stroll the docks each day.
Along the sidewalk at Marina Costa Baja.
Looking down from above.  Boy, it
The view from the top of the mast of the marina.
Out into the bay.
The "Beach Club at the hotel.
More of the Marina and the hotel.
Pangas along the beach at Los Muertos.
The dingy dock at Los Muertos.
Looking out from the restaurant at Los Muertos.
Pelicans and the pangas along the launching ramp at Los Muertos.
The Sun glinting off the bay at Los Muertos.
What used to be the Giggling Marlin restaurant.  Now El Carbon.
Rock walls out by the dingy dock at Los Muertos.
One of the flying Manta Rays at Los Frailes.  Look closely.
More flying Manta Rays at Los Frailes.
The Eastern end of Los Frailes.
Ensenada de Los Muertos.
The ceiling of the restaurant at Los Muertos.
Blue goes hunting.  She knows there is something on the barbecue grill
With her toes spread, she is weaving on the life line.  The camera is still, she is not!
At anchor in Los Frailes.
The anchorage in Los Frailes.
At the pot luck dinner along the beach in Los Frailes waiting out the wind.  The wind won!!
Our new Fender Step.  It will make coming into dock much easier.
Our new Spectra 200T watermaker.  Now all we have to do is find the time to install it.
The Immigration Office in Ensenada, Mexico.  At least it is all in one building now instead of spread all over town.
The big flag by Baja Naval Marina.  An easy land mark to navigate to.
The Port Captain
The Mexican courtesy flag flying from our mast spreaders.
Celebrating crossing into Mexico.  The white wine had gone bad so we gave it to King Neptune instead.
Looking towards Ensenada Harbor.
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Created 22 November 2013
Around Kudat and the Penuwasa Boat Yard
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Created 18 November 2013
Up the hills till an opening shows up in front of you and then see if you can get down into it. Not always.
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Created 16 November 2013
Some photos of our diving on the reef.
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Created 16 November 2013
Our trip around the north end of Borneo
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Created 16 November 2013
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Created 23 October 2013
Our trip around Malaysia starting at Tawau.
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Created 21 October 2013
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Created 13 October 2013
Our trip from Tawau around the top of Borneo down to Brunei.
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Created 9 October 2013
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Created 6 October 2013
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Created 6 October 2013
Pictures of our dives off Musket Cove Marina
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Created 7 December 2011
Avea Bay on South Huahine and on to Raiatea Island.
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Created 25 July 2011
Our arrival in Tahiti through Huahine
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Created 18 July 2011
Getting Zephyr ready to go.
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Created 28 October 2010
My three days getting not only knowledge and some self confidence but nice and dirty.
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Created 26 August 2010
Heading South from Escondido.
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Created 30 April 2010
An old salt factory.
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Created 30 April 2010
Incredible sandstone
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Created 30 April 2010
A great place to spend time exploring.
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Created 30 April 2010
Honeymoon Cove on Isla Danzante
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Created 30 April 2010
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Created 14 February 2010
Our continuing adventure as we head North farther up the Sea Of Cortez.
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Created 22 January 2010
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Created 1 January 2010
Our visit to the famous "Mushroom Rock" bay.
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Created 1 January 2010
Art and statues along the waterfront as you walk through downtown La Paz, Mexico
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Created 1 January 2010
Still heading South but now in Cabo San Lucas
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Created 8 December 2009
Making our way South along the coast of Mexico
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Created 28 November 2009
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