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.

26 October 2016 | Prickly Bay area
26 October 2016 | Prickly Bay area
23 October 2016 | Prickly Bay, Grenada
19 October 2016 | Prickly Bay area
19 October 2016 | Prickly Bay area
16 October 2016 | Prickly Bay, Grenada
09 October 2016 | Prickly Bay area
04 October 2016 | Power Boats, Trinidad
02 October 2016 | Power Boats, Trinidad
01 October 2016 | Power Boats, Trinidad
01 October 2016 | Power Boats, Trinidad
01 October 2016 | Power Boats, Trinidad
01 October 2016 | Power Boats, Trinidad
01 October 2016 | Power Boats, Trinidad
01 October 2016 | Power Boats, Trinidad
30 September 2016 | Power Boats, Trinidad
29 September 2016 | Power Boats, Trinidad
28 September 2016 | Power Boats, Trinidad
25 September 2016 | Prickly Bay area
19 September 2016 | Prickly Bay

Sweaty progress and a wet cat

31 August 2013 | Oceanview Marina
sunny and hot--again.
We took the marina's shuttle taxi to the shipping freight yard yesterday morning to get the batteries. Simple and easy. Out comes a big forklift and into the back of the truck they went, crate and all. Tracy stayed in the back to keep them from shifting as we drove out of the yard onto the main highway. I stayed in front to keep my back from getting screwed up again. I knew I had a lot of heavy lifting coming my way. We tried to find an ATM so I could replace the money taken the day before. No luck. One ATM refused my card and the next was broken. We were wasting time so I told the driver to take us back to the marina. We had work to do.

Once back at the marina, I grabbed and hammer and pry bar and knocked the crate apart. In it was our 6 batteries and the 5 extra wires if I needed them. I had rolled a cart to behind the truck but the workers that had gathered around to see what we had brought just lifted them onto their shoulders and we all paraded to the boat. We lined up the six right beside Zephyr. First thing I did was change clothes as I knew I was going to get acid on what I was wearing. We stopped for a quick lunch before we even started as once we got going, we didn't want to stop.

With lunch in our stomaches, we removed the cushions and boards that cover the battery boxes and in I went. I made sure to turn off the main power switch that allows the batteries juice to come into the boat. We took pictures of the top of all the batteries and then drawing a diagram as to what connected to what. Better safe than confused when I had to put the new batteries in. Off with the nuts and wires and out came the first battery. Onto a pad on the floor and then out the door. Lots of absorbent diapers spread around just in case. Out the door and over the deck to finally start the line of batteries on the dock. There are two batteries in each box so once both were removed, we started in with the baking soda to neutralize the acid. It took a lot before Tracy was satisfied and I could reach my glove covered hand into the bubbly mess. We got everything out and the rinsed the boxes and I brought in the new batteries. The same thing was done to batter box two. Now we had four of the batteries out and could bring in the new ones and hook up the batteries. Once in the boxes, we found that the posts on the batteries were different than what we had had before. Instead of a bolt coming out of the batteries that I could just screw down the wires, these batteries had posts coming from the top that you had to run a bolt through and attach sideways. Rats, the job just got a bit harder as these wires had been configured for the post top style of battery. Eventually, we got the batteries all connected and only had to use one of the new cables they had sent. I made sure to cover each connection with a coper based grease to stop any kind of battery corrosion that could happen in the future. Meanwhile, I had been sweating like a pig hung over a fire to roast. I was a mess. With no power, there were no fans to circulate air. I could wring the water out of my shirt.
We pressed on to the third and last set of batteries. They are on the starboard side under more cushions. Since I had been handling all that acid, Tracy put back the first cushions and boards that covered the port side battery bank. We now had a place to put what was coming off the starboard side. In we went again. This time a little differently. In the first two boxes, we had poured box after box of Baking Soda to neutralize the acid. This time, I used an old large syringe to suck out the acid and put it into a jar. Once out, I then used paper towels to get out the rest. We poured in some water and I repeated what I had done. Then in with some of the Baking Soda and this time, we got no reaction. It was now nice and clean.
In went the last two batteries and on went the wires. Again, with the change in connector posts on the batteries, it took a bit longer but we got it done. Now all we had to do was turn on the main power switch and reprogram out battery monitor. I pulled up the owners manual for the monitor and got it all reprogramed and the main switch was turned back on and we had power. The monitor read 12.30 so the batteries while not full were in good shape. I had check the water level and knew they would need some water shortly. We turned on the AC to the battery charger and voila, the voltage started on its way up. We left it alone and just kept checking as the afternoon wore on. The charger finally went into "Float" mode late in the evening. The new batteries were now fully charged! We were back up and running.
I grabbed my shower gear as did Tracy and we headed for the showers up at the club house. We were both a mess and needed some time under the shower head. Once we were cleaned up, we headed up stairs for a beer or two. As it was Friday, it was barbecue night. Every one brings food and it's a huge pot luck. We defrosted a nice steak in celebration of getting the job done and feasted on steak, Waldorf salad, barbecued bacon wrapped shrimp, oriental coleslaw and more. It was a great night as we also uncorked one of our bottles of wine to cap it off. Neither of us was feeling much pain as we left later in the evening.
When we got back to the boat, we found a very soggy white cat wandering around inside. Snowshoe had fallen over board! We grabbed towel and baby shampoo and headed back up to the showers. He was in a desperate need of a shower to get the salt water off him. He was not a happy kitty but any means. Once the shower was over, we took him back to the boat and Tracy gave him a good combing and cutting out what wouldn't comb. He actually looks much better for the event. He looked quite good this morning but I'm sure it will be a while before he tries to leave the boat. All we can figure is that he jumped off and tried to get back on board and missed. He got lucky and swam to one of the fenders we have hanging over the side that has a cloth covering on it and climbed up it. There is no other way we can figure he could have gotten out of the water. He's safe and sound now but hopefully a bit wiser.
This morning, we turned off the charger and let it Zephyr run on her own power. By 1400 when we got back from Davao, we were still reading 12.65 after about 8 hours on it own. We have a great set of batteries again. While we were in Davao, we picked up 2 gallons of distilled water so I can fill the batteries to where they are suppose to be.
Picture will be up soon, I forgot to bring the camera to down load them.
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 South Africa making our way toward the Cape.
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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.
25 Photos
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.
30 Photos
Created 16 November 2013
Our trip around the north end of Borneo
20 Photos
Created 16 November 2013
10 Photos
Created 23 October 2013
Our trip around Malaysia starting at Tawau.
36 Photos
Created 21 October 2013
51 Photos
Created 13 October 2013
Our trip from Tawau around the top of Borneo down to Brunei.
6 Photos
Created 9 October 2013
13 Photos
Created 6 October 2013
24 Photos
Created 6 October 2013
Pictures of our dives off Musket Cove Marina
20 Photos
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
91 Photos
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.
33 Photos
Created 30 April 2010
Incredible sandstone
17 Photos
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
47 Photos
Created 14 February 2010
Our continuing adventure as we head North farther up the Sea Of Cortez.
47 Photos
Created 22 January 2010
8 Photos
Created 1 January 2010
Our visit to the famous "Mushroom Rock" bay.
12 Photos
Created 1 January 2010
Art and statues along the waterfront as you walk through downtown La Paz, Mexico
13 Photos
Created 1 January 2010
Still heading South but now in Cabo San Lucas
24 Photos
Created 8 December 2009
Making our way South along the coast of Mexico
25 Photos
Created 28 November 2009

Bill & Tracy in Tahiti

Who: Bill & Tracy Hudson
Port: Denver, Colorado

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