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.

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04 May 2017 | Brewers Bay, St. Thomas, USVI
04 May 2017 | Brewers Bay, St. Thomas, USVI
02 May 2017 | back in Brewers Bay again.
02 May 2017 | Brewers Bay, St. Thomas, USVI

Sea trial--part one.

18 April 2013 | Kolonia, Pohnpei, FSM
Cloudy and rainy
We dropped the lines on Wednesday and headed out to Ant Atoll, about 28 miles from Kolonia. We took off just after 0900 with the help of Leslie and Phillip off Carina. We followed the track lines on our chart plotter VERY carefully as this harbor is full of wrecks and coral reefs. Once out of the harbor, we we headed west around the top of the island and then along the western side, always mind full of the reef that surrounds this island.

Six hours later, we headed in the south pass and made our way to an anchorage having the entire atoll to ourselves. Once the anchor was down, we were in the water swimming and enjoying some thing we have had in quite a while--no nerves on edge. We swam to the island where is immediately began the sprinkle. We, of course had left the hatches and port open to try and get the heat from the engine out of the boat. I swam back while Tracy walked the beach and joined me shortly at the boat. We got some water inside but I got back before it let loose.

During the trip down, we would go into the engine room and LOOK at just about everything. We found a leak out of the rocker arm gasket and some oil coming out from under the heat exchanger. Just a tad of water coming up from the new connections with made with the gate valve but nothing that looked bad at all.

As we came back and entered the marina on Thursday, I slipped the transmission into reverse with the engine idling. It promptly stalled. Started her back up and she did it again--three times in all. The idle is set to low. Again, an easy adjustment. Our plan to head back to Ant on Saturday shouldn't be a problem at all.

We made arrangements for Jun to come back so we can do some of the routine maintenance that has to be done when breaking in the engine after a sea trial. The valves need to be adjusted and the cylinder head bolts need tightening. Change the oil and filter and the idling and we should be fine. Jun just looked at the engine and thinks the leak under the heat exchanger may be from the head gasket!!! That's not a good thing at all. It means that we have to take off the alternator to get to the drain so we can get the coolant out of the engine and then take off the exhaust manifold with all it's gaskets. This may take longer than I thought. We'll see once he gets into it I guess.
As always--there's always more to come. CR_P!!!!
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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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
39 Photos
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.
36 Photos
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.
36 Photos
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.
39 Photos
Created 25 July 2011
Our arrival in Tahiti through Huahine
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Created 18 July 2011
Getting Zephyr ready to go.
37 Photos
Created 28 October 2010
My three days getting not only knowledge and some self confidence but nice and dirty.
8 Photos
Created 26 August 2010
Heading South from Escondido.
23 Photos | 2 Sub-Albums
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.
48 Photos
Created 30 April 2010
Honeymoon Cove on Isla Danzante
25 Photos | 1 Sub-Album
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
25 Photos
Created 28 November 2009
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