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.

24 July 2017 | Curaçao
24 July 2017 | Curaçao
24 July 2017 | Curaçao
23 July 2017 | Curacao
21 July 2017 | Curaçao
21 July 2017 | Curaçao
21 July 2017 | Curaçao
21 July 2017 | Curaçao
21 July 2017 | Curaçao
21 July 2017 | Curaçao
21 July 2017 | Curaçao
21 July 2017 | Curaçao
21 July 2017 | Curacao
19 July 2017 | Curacao
19 July 2017 | Curacao
17 July 2017 | Curacao
15 July 2017 | Spanish Waters, Curacao
10 July 2017 | Bonaire
05 July 2017 | Bonaire
02 July 2017 | Bonaire

Design flaw1?

24 July 2017 | Curaçao
Bill/sunny and blowing
As we sat having lunch today(another great salad), we suddenly heard a sort of crunch type sound on deck and then the sound of our DuoGen going crazy in the wind. We've had her ever since we left the US back in 2009 so we "know" her intimately having rebuilt here several times as we've made our way around the globe.

When the DuoGen was designed, it was made so it would be relatively quiet in comparison to other wind generators on the market. One thing the designers did was use a combination of a nylon toothed gear against a zinc toothed gear instead of metal to metal or nylon to nylon and she is quite quiet on the stern(right above where we sleep). We both knew what the "crunch" was. The nylon teeth had blown and the drive shaft was spinning as fast as the wind would allow. It was really getting some speed by the time I got out and up to the head of the unit to turn it off. I climbed up on the stern rail and swiveled the head of the unit till it stopped spinning and then disconnected it from the post it sits on and brought it down to the deck where I took off the blades.
Yep, the nylon teeth were gone! It was time for a new set of gears.
Tracy dug out the parts box from under the stern berth grabbing the part bag for the DuoGen with our back up nylon gears and out into the cockpit I went (ok, we finished lunch first). I knew what tools I'd need so it was an easy job. Back out some Allen headed screws, remove the blown gear, clean up all the nylon dust from the spent gear, and start the reassembly.
You can see more of the project in the next two posts.

Design flaw 2?

24 July 2017 | Curaçao
Bill/sunny and blowing
Here's a picture of the trashed toothed gear as well as one of the new ones. You can see the difference. Not really sure when I replaced the last set but I've done it enough times over the last 8 years that I even know the size of Allen wrench to take out with me.
At $99.00 a piece(if my memory is any good)it's not a cheap repair but a necessary one. I have three(now 2) in my parts box. I should be good for a while.

Design flaw3?

24 July 2017 | Curaçao
Bill/sunny and blowing
Here's a picture of the new gear all greased and installed. DuoGen gives you a nice tub of "bearing"grease as well as "drive"grease. I shoved bearing grease into the bearings as I installed the new nylon teeth gear and coated the shaft they rides on. Then covered the new nylon teeth as well as the zinc teeth with a good coating of the "drive"grease. The unit is now back up on the stern spinning away
like mad in the ever present 15-20 knots of wind.

Snorkeling again!

23 July 2017 | Curacao
Bill/sunny with winds
We were off the the grocery store yesterday(Friday) morning on the bus that the store provides for free six days a week. It was a packed bus as people prepared for the weekend. Not really a necessity since they could always take the Saturday bus. For the trip back, there were bags of groceries stacked on the floor and in peoples laps. We've had other grocery stores provide free buses in other countries and some to chandleries but those only went once or twice a week. These go every day so it's easier to workout what you want. If you have a need for more than you can carry today, it's easy to go back the next and get the rest. Close to 20 people went in just yesterday. We filled two big bags full of things we'd run out of since our last trip last week.
With Don(Tropical storm), Curacao has settled back into it's norm, weather wise. Winds have returned to the normal 10-20 knots out of the east, just about all day and all night. It's helping in cutting down how much we have to run our generator but she is still purring away on the stern every day for about 90 minutes before telling us the banks are about full.
We're heading out with some friends this afternoon(Saturday) to do some snorkeling on the southwest side of Curacao outside the bay we are anchored in. It will be nice getting back in some cleaner water. Nothing is restricted in any of the bays so boats can dump or pump what ever they want into the water.j

It's now Sunday afternoon and we had a great snorkel with our friends. We hiked out to what Curacaons call a beach. Just a bit of sand and then lots of rocks where we went into the water. It was close to a sunken tug boat that went down many years ago since it had a lot of coral growing all over it. We had scuba divers in the water with us. We swam along the shore and past two big freighters that were moored there and under several piers looking at all the fish. Schools of squid and other fish along with tons of scrap metal that had been dumped along the shore. I even saw a tombstone for a man that died in 2016. Born in 1926, he must have loved the water to have a stone put in it. Even saw a moray eel as we swam. Tracy had put a bunch if things in a "dry" bag and it floated behind her as she went making it easy to see her. In all, we probably swam about a hold mile, all against the current in beautifully sunny weather. The other beaches we passed were mainly occupied with locals as these were some of the better "public" beaches. It was fun, but my body got more exercise than it has in a long time and I'm feeling it today.

Winds are back again from the east to southeast with 13 boats in the small anchorage area we are in in Spanish Waters. It's split into four sections with channels between them for the fishermen and boats to pass through though many of the fishermen speed right through the anchorage disregarding the posted 5mph signs.

A special tool.

21 July 2017 | Curaçao
Bill/sunny and blowing
Ever hear of a "spud" wrench? It's a tool you want on board because you never know when you may need it. It's saved our bacon a few times. It's just your normal crescent wrench except that the other end comes to a point. From time to time, as we anchor, the chain gets stuck in the pipe it comes through from the anchor locker. With this pointed end wrench, it's easy to get it into the links of the chain and get it pried loose so you can use the anchor. Two days ago, the snubber lines snagged up on the meters snubber plate that slips over the chain. Using this tool, I could get the snag out and do the anchoring. If you don't have one on board, buy one. It's not if you are going to need it, it's when you are going to need it. I got mine from one of out post readers back in Colorado. He'd offered me one of his when I was home several years ago. It's always right on top of my tools inside my tool locker below decks. Wouldn't leave without one on board.

Pictures of downtown Willemstad

21 July 2017 | Curaçao
Bill/sunny and blowing
Here's a fence you don't want to climb over. These sharp spikes rotate as you try to get over. The people of Curaçao take their security seriously. It's the norm to see walks with broken glass bottles imbedded in the top. Row after row of spikes at the top of walls. Anything to keep those that are out, out.
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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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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