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.

19 September 2016 | Prickly Bay
16 September 2016 | Secret Harbour Marina,Grenada
15 September 2016 | Secret Harbour Marina, Grenada
12 September 2016 | Secret Harbour Marina, Grenada
09 September 2016 | Secret Harbour Marina, Grenada
09 September 2016 | Secret Harbour Marina, Grenada
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03 September 2016 | Secret Harbour Marina, Grenada
03 September 2016 | Secret Harbour Marina,Grenada
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30 August 2016 | Secret Harbour Marina,Grenada
30 August 2016 | Secret Harbour Marina,Grenada
30 August 2016 | Secret Harbour Marina,Grenada
30 August 2016 | Secret Harbour Marina,Grenada
30 August 2016 | Secret Harbour Marina,Grenada
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27 August 2016 | Secret Harbour Marina,Grenada
27 August 2016 | Secret Harbour Marina,Grenada

Over to Prickly Bay

19 September 2016 | Prickly Bay
Bill/sunny and hot
We dropped the dock lines this morning just after 0900 and took off for Prickly Bay a couple of miles west of Secret Harbour Marina. We paid our final bill earlier after our water and electric meters were read. Since we were just two days past our second month,they didn't charge us for them, just the water and power. Jerry, the "dock master" and security guard got everything read and took care of our lines as we left the dock. Tracy was on the dock up at the bow and took in the bow dock lines and slowly pushed us away from the docks. The wind had been on our port side most of the morning but switched to be coming over the bow just as we were about to leave so we just powered into it and out away from the docks. Nice and easy. We motored around the headlands and away from all the reefs the crowd the waters and made it in about an hour later.
Once in Prickly Bay,we motored around the bay looking for a place to drop our anchor. We chose a spot and dropped but a cruiser on a boat near us came on deck and yelled across the water that he thought we were to close so up came the anchor and we went looking for a second spot. About ten minutes later, down went the anchor again and we let Zephyr drift back and set the hook deep in the sand bottom. When I brought it up earlier,it was caked in nice lumps of sand and that makes for good holding. Once securely anchored, we started putting away more things on deck
I coiled up our five big docklines so they could be stowed in one of our deck lockers. I turned on our DuoGen wind generator and set it spinning in the ever present breezes that keep us cool. Tracy, meanwhile set about making some Tom KaGai soup that she learned how to make back in Thailand. Always yummy and even more so since one of the van/taxi drivers told us that he could get us fresh lemon grass, roots and all. We'd had a discussion about the grass a few days earlier. We'd told him about making soup with it. Since we wanted the roots and all, he thought we were,planning on growing it. Nope, just for soup. Now Blue, one of our cats had a different ideas for it. She saw the long stalks of grass and went nuts trying to get to it. She, as well as our other cat love to eat grass and nothing entices her off the boat more than the sight of fresh grass growing in cracks in the docks. Here, she had it right inside the boat and lots of it. Of course as cats will do, after eating some, she promptly threw it back up in a nice yucky mess. Ah, the joys of being a cat. I think she got more excited with the grass than the last time we brought out our supply of catnip.
We're now anchored in 36 feet of water with lots of chain out and a good stiff breeze happily spinning our generator, bobbing in the slight swell coming into the harbor, sitting in the cockpit enjoying it.
The picture is looking up from the docks at Secret Harbour Marina.

Some times spell checker doesn't get it right.

16 September 2016 | Secret Harbour Marina,Grenada
Bill/sunny and some breeze
Yesterday, we went to a cooking demo across the island. It's supposed to be about "native" cooking taught by two locals. Yesterday's class was for marinated chicken and bread fruit and potato balls.

These classes are tailored to foreigners, not a local other than the teachers were there. The "chefs handed out the recipes and then showed us the way to cook it. When we saw the recipe, it called for "Thai" chicken. Yea! We love Thai chicken. Great flavors and nice spiciness. Here comes the typo from Spell Checker. It wasn't Thai chicken. It was supposed to be thighs of chicken. Rats! In the end, they actually used chicken legs. Cheaper since it's less meat. They never gave out any recipe sheets for the bread fruit and potato balls. Oh well, it was a great way to get off the boat for an afternoon.
As of now, we are disconnecting from the marina here in Secret Harbour tomorrow and heading around the headlands to Prickly Bay for a few days and then north to visit another island and then down south to Trinidad for our repairs. We heard from Power Boats that they are accepting full responsibility for the accident and will get us made right. For once, an honorable boat yard. How refreshing!!!!

Getting ready to move again.

15 September 2016 | Secret Harbour Marina, Grenada
Bill/ Sunny and hot
We're getting ready for the short trip, like 3 miles, to Prickley Bay right around the bend. We need to get our "sea legs" back before we leave for Trinidad. For those of you that have followed our past few posts, you know about the damage we found on the keel caused by the lifting straps as we were leaving Power Boats down in Trinidad. Well that's going to require us to make the over night passage back to Trinidad. We've heard about a bay on Tobago called Charlotteville. Supposed to be a great place to spend some time and relax. Very cruiser friendly so we want to stop there on the way down south.

We heard back from Power Boats yesterday and with little surprise, they have taken full responsibility for the accident and want us to come back so they can get us hauled out and the repairs taken care of. As I've said in the past posts about Power Boats, they are a great yard that really caters for and bends over backward to cruisers. Most of the previous yards we've been in just aren't that way. Should something happen to your boat, it's just never their fault and won't fix anything. Power Boats promised us that we would smile when we left their yard being satisfied with what ever was done in the yard and they meant it. Now we just have to arrange our schedule to get back there. They say they are full but will find a place for us when we show up.

Yesterday morning, we spent tearing poor Zephyr apart. A couple of months ago, I took out the replacement gears for out DuoGen air generator from the big box they had been stowed in. Now it's time to finally replace them as we will be back off shore power and will need it to give us some amps as the wind blows. Could we find the gears we took out from their storage box? Heck NO!!! They had disappeared! Not the first time we've lost things in the boat. I still haven't found a SurFlo water pump I brought back almost three years ago. No clue where it made of too. After looking for several hours, I had to take the shuttle bus to Water World chandlery to see of I could find a new "O" ring for the fuel connector on the Tohatsu. As simple little "O" ring, no problem right. Were we're not back in the US where you can get just about anything. We'd already tried Budget chandlery, Ace Hardware and now it was time for Water World. As expected, it was a NO. Close but just to thick to let the fitting fit over the connector on the engine. Oh well, I already bought one at Budget as a back up and now it was time to pull it out. Worked just fine but I always like to have a spare incase it dies again in some out of the way cove on some out of the way island. All in good time, I'll find it. Meanwhile it sits in the top drawer of my chest, safe and sound so it won't get lost.

When I got back, Tracy had torn the place apart and was quite frustrated(not a pretty site). We kept digging, sometime doing the same place two times. In the end, we were down to under the stern bunk(where we had originally taken the past from). We lifted the starboard side of the berth and dug in. Down aways was a plastic bag full of other parts we'd been collecting. In the bottom of that bag was the gears we had been looking for. Neither of us had any kind of clue as to how it had gotten in there. The last time either of us saw it was when it was put on the workbench several months ago. We had the part and this morning, I took the head gear unit off the DuoGen, re read the instruction again(never hurts to read the owners manual)and went at it loaded with allen wrenches, a couple of types of grease(bearing take one kind and the gears use a different)a couple of rags to get off the old grease and a rag to set everything on on the salon table. About an hour later, it was all done. The old set of gears, while not bad like the last time I changed them were just making too much noise as the propeller spun. So with lots of new grease and some time and a few adjustments, she's up and running on the stern just fine. One thing about where we are, it's always has a nice breeze. Not to strong and not calm. She's nice and quiet so far. We'll find out how quiet she is the next time a blustery storm shows up.(See the picture)

This afternoon, we are off to a cove a few miles west of here for a cooking demonstration on Trinidad cooking. We went a couple of months ago and Tracy went once while I was gone. I'll let you know what they teach us.

Tubing down the river

12 September 2016 | Secret Harbour Marina, Grenada
Bill/sunny with a nice breeze
On Saturday, we took off on a trip up into the mountains for a tube ride down one of Grenadas rivers. The minivan/taxi showed up about 0830 and four of us piled in from Secret Harbour Marina and then we headed over to Prickly Bay and got one more. Next, to Whisper Cove Marina where we met up with the mini van/taxi driven by "Shademan"/Patrick who had organized the trip. In the end, there were 26 of us spread between the two vans.

Up into the mountains we went with the vans struggling along up and down the hills. In the end, we got there about 1030 and the first ten people lined up for the trip down the river. They only have enough tubes for ten at a time along with four "guides" that make sure everyone comes through safely and should you get stuck on a rock(happens all the time), they pull you off it and send you on your way again. The rest of us sat around and had some drinks while we waited. In the end, Tracy and I were in the third and final trip of the day with just six of us and the four "guides". It was a blast to make your way down the small river going in and around the boulders that fill the stream. The owners had obviously worked their way down the stream probably many years ago and reorganized the rocks to give the best path down the river. There hadn't been much rain in a while so the river wasn't that full but there was plenty to get us moving and keep us moving. It took about 45 minutes for the ride and then out of the water and up to the waiting bus and back to the compound where we started for lunch.

Lunch was a choice of fish or chicken(barbecued) along with a rice with black eyed peas, stewed pumpkin, salad and a glass of passion fruit juice to drink. All in all, the day cost a total of $180EC or $66.00US for everything for both of us. It was loads of fun and I got lots of pictures and videos of the trip.

On the way back one of the vans got a flat after hitting one of the pot holes in the road. If you look at the tires of just about all the vehicles on the roads here, most of their tires are bald or darn close to it. There is no snow requiring tread and they only really travel on some what paved(in bad condition) roads so tires with tread aren't really needed. We finally got back about 1600 and took the rest of the day off. It was really a nice way to spend a day.

The picture today shows Tracy covered from head to toe. No chance of sun burn nor bites from Mosquitos(Zika is here) and add on the crash helmet and she was good to go. Let's not forget the life jacket plus she had on scuba booties to protect her feet and the dark glasses for her eyes. You don't get much more prepared for everything than that.

Teak damage.

09 September 2016 | Secret Harbour Marina, Grenada
Bill/Sunny and hot
Here's a picture of the teak damage from the lift.

Heading back to Trinidad?

09 September 2016 | Secret Harbour Marina, Grenada
Bill/ Sunny and hot
For those of you that have been following us for a while, you'll remember when we were launched down in Trinidad and the problem we had with the straps not being low enough under the boat when Michael told us to go forward. That it threw us forward and then back gouging a deep divot in the teak on the starboard side as well as stopping the engine when the stern lifting strap came up and jammed itself in our prop. Today, I strapped on our scuba gear and went down to A: clean the prop and inspect it for damage and B: see if there was any other damage to the paint and hull from the forward strap.

What I found was that the prop was fine though covered in marine growth and there was a long scrap on the leading edge of the hull where the lifting strap had scrapped it when we went forward. It took the paint off clear down to the bare fiberglass. Now we have a problem of getting it fixed by Power Boats yard in Trinidad, that is if they acknowledge that they even did it in the first place. I'll be contacting them in the next day or so sending along photos of the teak damage as well as the hull damage and see what they say. We can't leave it that way as it's not good for the hull and lots of critters will start growing there though I'm thrilled to say that there isn't a single barnacle on the hull anywhere. Some normal slime but thats as I said, normal.

We started the day earlier by bringing out our water filter assembly and filling the water tanks. Tracy had filled them while I was gone but they have run down will all the dishes we have been washing since we don't eat out much any more. It's nice to have full tanks again. It makes us ride lower in the water but it's always better to have as much water on board as we can just incase we have to take off unexpectedly.

If we have to go back to Trinidad for repairs and I figure we will, we will head for Tobago and then head over to Trinidad. It's a bit longer but we haven't been to Tobago yet. Our biggest problem is that we have paid for our slip here but that ends in a week or so so that's really not a problem. It's more getting Power Boats in Trinidad to acknowledge the damage and hopefully they are willing to make the necessary repairs. Guess we will see after I send them the email tomorrow. Lets hope they stand behind their statement that "When you leave here, we guarantee that you will have a smile on your face."
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.
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Around Kudat and the Penuwasa Boat Yard
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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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Some photos of our diving on the reef.
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Our trip around the north end of Borneo
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Our trip around Malaysia starting at Tawau.
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Our trip from Tawau around the top of Borneo down to Brunei.
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Pictures of our dives off Musket Cove Marina
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Avea Bay on South Huahine and on to Raiatea Island.
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Our arrival in Tahiti through Huahine
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Getting Zephyr ready to go.
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My three days getting not only knowledge and some self confidence but nice and dirty.
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Heading South from Escondido.
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An old salt factory.
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Incredible sandstone
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A great place to spend time exploring.
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Honeymoon Cove on Isla Danzante
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Our continuing adventure as we head North farther up the Sea Of Cortez.
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Our visit to the famous "Mushroom Rock" bay.
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Art and statues along the waterfront as you walk through downtown La Paz, Mexico
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Still heading South but now in Cabo San Lucas
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Making our way South along the coast of Mexico
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