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.

20 July 2016 | Secret Harbour Marina, Grenada
20 July 2016 | Secret Harbour Marina, Grenada
18 July 2016 | Secret Harbour Marina, Grenada
17 July 2016 | Secret Harbour Marina, Grenada
14 July 2016 | Power Boats yard, Trinidad
14 July 2016 | Power Boats yard, Trinidad
11 July 2016 | Power Boats yard, Trinidad
10 July 2016 | Power Boats yard, Trinidad
08 July 2016 | Power Boats yard, Trinidad
07 July 2016 | Power Boats yard, Trinidad
07 July 2016 | Power Boats yard, Trinidad
07 July 2016 | Power Boats yard, Trinidad
06 July 2016 | Power Boats Yard, Trinidad
03 July 2016 | Power Boats yard, Trinidad
03 July 2016 | Power Boats yard, Trinidad
03 July 2016 | Power Boats yard, Trinidad
03 July 2016 | Power Boats yard, Trinidad
03 July 2016 | Power Boats yard, Trinidad
03 July 2016 | Power Boats Yard, Trinidad
03 July 2016 | Power Boats Yard, Trinidad

Finally on dry land

08 May 2012 | Vuda Point Marina
Sunny and hot
Well, we finally got hauled out only about 90 minutes late. The lift needed some care and maintenance so we got delayed a bit. We were half way between high and low tide so we were running out of time just like yesterday. The lift was finally available about 1100 so out we came.

Once out, we were hauled over to the high pressure wash area where George(Marina Forman) took a good 45 minutes to clean off the hull. In years past, when we got hauled out of the water there has always been a good bit of growth that needed to be cleaned off. It's been 19 months since we painted the boat back in San Carlos, Mexico and while we complained at the time about how much the paint cost us, we both wish we had 4 more gallons of it to put on more coats. We were darn close to clean when we got hauled out. Very few barnacles. The only place we had them was on the forward edge of the keel and a few places where we had scrubbed the hull to clean off earlier growth. We had the expected slime that alway grows on anyhing that is the water(you should see our dock lines) but it came right off.

We were in our rack by 1300, just in time for all the yard workers to go to lunch. Everyone was back by 1400 and we started in. We've hired one of the locals to work on our boat with us for $7.00Fijian(about $3.85US) per hour. Out here, that's a great wage believe it or not. Most only make about $3 to $4 per hour. We gave him one of our scrapers and turned him loose. Now we have what we refer to as a "Super Scraper". It's incredible at taking off old paint. Our new worker had never seen one like it and loves it because it is so fast and easy to use. While he started in, Tracy started in or other areas of the hull while I went to the office to see if we could get some power where we were. The outlets near our boat are both dead. One of the local yards loaned me a LONG extension cord but something was wrong with the wiring and lights on our main circuit panel showed a "Reverse Polarity" warning. Not a good sign. One of the main managers came down and looked at the problem and promised us an electrician in the morning. Sure hope so since we still need to keep our batteries full and the air conditioner running to keep us cool when we aren't working.

I stripped all the barnacles off the prop and will be working on it some more in the morning. I want it right down to nice shiny bronze the way it is supposed to be.

So tomorrow will be another day of getting things scraped and sanded and all ready for the new paint on Thursday so we can get two coats on by the time we are ready to launch. It's going to be a labor intensive few days but well worth it.

I'll post some pictures in the next day or so so stay tuned.

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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.
Home Page: http::/www.sailblogs.com/member/svzephyr
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
Boats in Marina Palmira.
Bigger power boats in Marina Palmira.
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.
More boats in Marina Palmira.
Marina Costa Baja
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Looking West from the marina.
Looking North towards the hotel La Fiesta.
Boats at Marina Costa Baja.
 
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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.
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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.
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.
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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.
12 Photos
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
24 Photos
Created 8 December 2009
Making our way South along the coast of Mexico
25 Photos
Created 28 November 2009
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