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 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
16 September 2016 | Secret Harbour Marina,Grenada
15 September 2016 | Secret Harbour Marina, Grenada
12 September 2016 | Secret Harbour Marina, Grenada

Sunset at Prickly Bay

19 October 2016 | Prickly Bay area
Bill /sunny and hot
With all the humidity in the air, we're getting some great sunsets

Off to the vet and more

19 October 2016 | Prickly Bay area
Bill /sunny and hot
It's been a busy day starting with a trip to the local sail loft. We were going to bite the bullet and just get a new batten instead of repairing the old one. To much chance of it snapping later and ripping a hole in the sail. Cost for a 10 foot 8 inch batten--- $100US! Now I may not be up to date on the prices of battens but that just seemed quite high to me. If any of you have access to a loft, see if you can find me a price? As I wrote, she's just 10feet 8 inches long and just about 3/4 inches wide. Nothing special. Strangely, we'd seen an example of a replacement just last Friday when we stopped in. This time, we brought the sort of broken batten with us and the sales person looked at it, went into the back room where they store the battens and came out telling us they had nothing like it. We told her "You did last Friday.". Her response was,"You saw it here?". After telling her yes, she took us into the back room(with our old batten in tow) and we amazingly found one that looked almost exactly like what we had. As a matter of fact, they'd already pulled it from the rack where they were keeping the battens. Now why they would tell us they didn't have any when they clearly did is something I just don't understand other then they had to measure what we brought in and then cut the new one(tough work?)and that was more work than they wanted to do. I have no idea but it's not the first time we have run into this kind of an attitude during our cruising. It's the "I get paid the same amount whether I work or not so why work when I don't get anything out of it" attitude.

We called the vets this morning to get the OK to bring Blue in for her rabies shot since Snowshoe was getting his. The response was we have to change your appointment to 1430 from 1330 so they could get both cats in. Again, no clue as root why you can see two cats at one time and not the next. Same number of cats and same amount of minutes in an hour. But we modified our schedule and loaded both cats-one in a carrier and one in a cloth bag, climbed down into Puff and took off across Prickly Bay. We tied up to the local dock and hiked in with both kids. We were out by 1600 with a bill of just about $100US. That included four bags of new Hills Diet cat food that's supposed to be like Royal Canin, plus three year rabies shots for both kids and some other meds for Snowshoe and the exam. Guess we will see in a few weeks if Snowshoe gets stopped up again. For $100US, I think this was a much better value than the batten.
On the trip over in the dinghy, Snowshoe stuck his head out of the bag and just stared around the bay. No clue what was going through his brain. In the end, he tucked his head back into the bag and settled in for the ride. Blue was in a normal cat carrier and it was just down on the floor of the dinghy for the trip both ways. I'm sure not the most pleasant of trips. Now that we are back aboard, every time I look at her, she hisses. If she passes Snowshoe, she hisses. Her bad attitude is back in full force.
It's now Tuesday morning and winds and swells have returned in a big way. The swells started yesterday afternoon and got worse through the night. Everyone in the bay is dancing around. We heard that another boat has gone aground. That's two in two weeks. The first one blew a shackle that attached it to the mooring ball. Not sure what happened this time.
This morning, we'll be heading in to hit the markets again. We're out of lettuce for salads.

Back from shopping and it's still rocking and rolling here in the bay. Lighter boats are getting thrown all over the place. We may be heavier but we're still getting our share of the rolling though no where near as bad.

Up date about the French catamaran came into Mt. Hartman Bay(where Secret Harbour Marina is) around 1800 last night and promptly ran aground. Now we've looked at the charts carefully since we were there for quite a while and from what we've heard, this sailor didn't understand the navigation markers (red right returning) and just came straight in. With it being a full moon, we have some of the biggest tides of the season and as of now, both his pontoons are out of the water and the next high tide isn't till 1817 so it will be after the sun has gone down. Sure hope he gets it off because if not, there won't be another tide like this till next month's full moon and lots of damage can happen in that time.

It's time for a late lunch of tacos. Yea!! Tracy makes the best!
There's of the day passed with the bay still rocking and rolling. It continued through the night and is still going on now (10:00am). The French catamaran got off the reef late last night and is now tied up at the Secret Harbour Marina. No clue to the damage but you don't normally hit a reef and get off easily.
We did some hand laundry early in the morning with me concentrating on my bananas. I never leave the boat without at least two to mop up the sweat that always seems to pour off my body. I'm one sweating machine!!! There are twelve hanging off the lifelines drying as I type this.

This afternoon is another round of Grenada Trains at the bar/restaurant here in Prickly Bay. Good for a couple hours of socializing and downloading of more shows. Tomorrow, we'll be back to doing some more projects. I still have to work on the battens and stitch the main sail. It's been a bit windy over the last few days.

This last week in Grenada

16 October 2016 | Prickly Bay, Grenada
Bill/ Sunny and hot
Well, it's now Sunday(October 9th) night and we are rocking and rolling at anchor here in Prickly Bay, Grenada. The winds haven't let up and with them come swells right into the bay making poor Zephyr heave up and down by the bow and sometimes from side to side. It's down right nasty.

We spent this morning trying to straighten out the mess inside since the trip up pretty well unseated just about everything on the starboard side. With up tilted to the left for the entire trip and rocking from side to side, even items we tied down with rope came loose especially in the folksail area(just in front of the main salon. We had water jugs, ditch bags, suitcases and more dropping off the starboard side berth where they are normally kept. The "ditch" bag landed in the cat pan making it hard on the kids. Today, it was time to put things back together.

We pulled up the mattress on the stern berth to put our new air conditioner down the bilge under it. The last one we had(gave to Lobster in Trinidad) was much heavier and bigger. This one fit the space under the berth just fine leaving us plenty of room for more things. In went the water jugs, two five gallon full size jugs as well as four collapsable jugs. Add in some other things and the area is nice and packed. We even stuck in 2-42 pound bags of kitty litter. Now we have some clear space in the cabin for other things. We still have lots of cans of paint as well as varnish for out side to find places for. Not sure where all of it is going to end up.

This being Sunday, it was time for Grenada Train dominoes again. If it hadn't been for that, there was no way we would have left the boat with the swells coming into the bay at over two to three feet throwing Zephyr all over the place. It wasn't easy getting Puff in the water let alone getting the outboard off the stern and down and latched to our dinghy. We managed to make it to the dock with only a bit of water soaking our clothes. It was nice to see our friends once again. We were back at Zephyr about 1730 and had a real tough time even getting back on board. It took quite some time for Tracy to get on board as she had to hold onto the stern ladder as well as the rope to our dinghy all with Puff going up and down in the water crashing into the stern ladder as well as our Hydrovane. Salt water had coated much of the stern making it quite slippery. In the end, she finally made it and after getting the engine off(no easy feat), we hoisted Puff back on board resting her on fenders on the deck. Unlike most of the other sailboats here in Prickly Bay(as well as most other bays we have seen)we hoist the outboard off the dinghy and then hoist the dinghy back on deck. Should a storm come up, we don't want to have to have to worry about Puff getting away from us in the wind and waves. We try and take good care of her as well as her outboard motor. With out them, it would be much harder out here.

The forecast is for more winds for the next couple of days but we plan on bringing up the anchor tomorrow and seeing if we can find a better place farther inside the bay where the winds and swells will be a bit less. The only thing I can say about this windy weather is it's doing a fair job putting a charge back into the batteries when the wind spins our wind generator.

I'll let you know how tomorrow works out.

It's now Monday afternoon and we are in a new spot in Prickly Bay. We pulled up the anchor and started touring the bay. With over 150 boats in here, it's a very busy and full anchorage. We finally found a spot with a catamaran behind us and in front of us and monohull on either side. With the continued wind, we kept swinging closer to the starboard side monohull so we pulled up the anchor and slowly motored around till we found a space(011 59.596N 61 45.756W)closer to the east side of the bay and far more sheltered from the winds and swells coming in from down south. We do have boats around us but none too close and that's just fine. None are on mooring buoys so we will all swing the same in the wind making hitting each other darn near impossible. It's still cloudy and winds are about 15 knots so the DuoGen us still spinning on the stern and with us motoring around, we have enough amps in the batteries to last through the night. Tomorrow, we will be off for a shopping trip to town plus I need to stop in at Courts where supposedly they fix sewing machines. Our Sailrite machine has up and died so it needs a good tech to try and fix it. We'll be dropping it off tomorrow or brining it back if they don't work on them Guess we will see. At least it's now a good bit more stable here in our new anchorage. Yesterday, it was darn near nasty and with more bigger winds in the forecast, it was important to find a better place to stay.

The Sun has gone down and the wind has continued. That's fine as it keep letting us get some amps shoved into the batteries and they always like them. The DuoGen goes spinning on the stern as the wind comes through the anchorage. We have boats all around us now as more came in this afternoon. One bit cat came in from elsewhere in the bay. We've already seen them in at least three different places including one on a mooring buoy. Now they are back on anchor and went in to have dinner at one of the resorts along the bay. Can't imagine how much that cost them.

Tracy dragged out the Sailrite sewing machine to see if we could find out what it's problem was. It stopped working the last time she tried to use it. Under the top lid, we found a big broken piece that looks like it was made from cheap pot metal, far from the quality parts the company claims to have in it's machine. We now will have to order the part and get it shipped in but it's going to have to be at a different island as import duty here is way off the charts. The tear we got in the mainsail on the way up here will just have to be hand stitched by me and that's no big deal. Tomorrow, we will be visiting the local sail loft to get another batten for Zephyr. When we took off the sail in Trinidad, we found one was almost snapped so to avoid it tearing the sail, we left it out. We also found we'd already lost the top batten and have no clue when it went flying. We at least have a replacement for it stowed below from an earlier batten that broke long ago. That's where the leach rope let go on the mainsail. So now it's time for another batten and some stitching. All we have to do is wait for the winds to die down a bit. Fifteen knot winds is a bit much to stitch up a loose sail on deck. Since we are still waiting on our replacement ATM cards, we have some time to get things done.
It's now Wednesday and I went in and got all five of our gasoline tanks filled. We carry four 5 gallon tanks strapped to the port side attached to a big piece of rosewood we bought back in Madagascar. The original 2 X 6 snapped in half during our trip south from the Seychelles. This wood is much stronger and denser than the original. The fifth tank is strapped to the stern and used for day to day filling of the generator or the fuel tank for the outboard. It's much easier to pour and since it holds 6 gallons, when we pour in the 5 gallons from the other tanks, it leave lots of room for tilting it so it will pour better we we need to.

This afternoon was Grenada Train Dominoes again. Every Sunday and Wednesday afternoon, we spend a few hours playing and getting to better know our fellow cruisers here in Grenada. Most have just cruised up and down the Windward Island chain of islands here in the Caribbean. We filled them in on our travels to get here and what we went through. We were back on board by 1730 and Puff was stowed nicely on deck.

We picked up from Secret Harbor Marina our new debit cards and got them activated. Tomorrow, after re epoxying one of our slightly split battens and going up the mast to again check our our masthead anchor/nav/flashing light, I'll be taking Puff to shore and hiking over to the bank to see if these work. I'll let you know how it goes.

It's now Saturday the 14th and we are progression slowly. Tracy came down with something(no clue as to what) and it left her quite listless. We stopped working on projects for a day or so so she could get some rest. No sleep at night will make you not feel too well. Thursday, we sat and read and slept. Friday was another day for going to the store and seeing if our new ATM cards work. I've made lots of calls to our bank trying to get things resolved. I used one of the new card(now have three of them for each of us) and I finally found one that would work. We managed to get some more money out of the ATM. Off the the grocery store for a few more supplies and back to Zephyr. The rest of the day was spent reading and resting. Tracy still wasn't back to normal.

Today, Saturday, I went up the mast to check the anchor/nav/flashing light. I took off the connector wire and screwed it back in. All seems fine. No chafed wires or connections for anything we have up there. I put some lubricant on all the assorted blocks we have up there and had Tracy move the block for the spinnaker line back and forth so the lube coated all the bearings. I checked all the shrouds and connections as well as the different steps, lights, and spreaders. All looked just fine. I've now turned on the anchor light and we will see if it comes on when the sun goes down. It's on a photoelectric cell that makes it come on after the sun goes down and it get dark. Sure hope it works as a new one runs about $400US! Right now, we have a flashing strobe we bought in Thailand at the bow that flashes white and blue. Add on some of the solar powered yard lights around the lifelines and we are quite well lit at night. Just nothing at the top of the mast.

We thought about epoxying and fiberglassing the split batten but decided not to. If it broke, it could tear a hole in the sail and that's not a good thing. I'll be asking on Monday net to see if anyone has a spare out there and if not, head in to the sail loft and get a spare. We've got a busy day for Monday since Snoeshoe has an appointment with the vet. We are down to our last bag of his special diet of high fiber food. It's done a great job at keeping him "regular" for the last two years. Sure don't want him to go back to the way he was. Really no clue as to why we can only purchase cat food with a prescription from a vet instead of simply walking into a pet store and getting it there. Better profit margin for the vet? It's not like it's a drug, it's just food! We'll be getting another 12 bags if we can find it. Sure hope they don't have to order it. We'd like to get out of here. Hurricane season is just about over.

It's now Saturday night and when Tracy walked forward on deck, she looked up and the anchor light was ON!! No real clue as to why as the last time it failed, I unscrewed the screws on the switch in the main cabin for it and it worked just fine(for a while). This time, when I did the same thing, nothing happened but when I went up the mast and screwed and rescrewed the connection there, it now works just fine. Absolutely no clue as to what the heck is going in but if it fails again, I can go up the mast and maybe fix it. Lots cheaper than a new one for $350US. Guess we will see how long this "fix" works. I'll let you know. Right now, I'm just glad it working though we do look light a light beacon with an anchor light at the top of the mast, a blue and white flashing light at the bow and two solar powered yard lights woven into the stern netting. Look high or look low, you'll see us.

It's now Sunday(October 17th) afternoon and we just finished Grenada Trains for today. Have some social time and will be heading back to Zephyr by 1800. Tomorrow, off we go with Snowshoe to see the vet at the University to get more "high fiber" food for both kids. Only Snowshoe needs it but Blue gets to suffer along with him. I'll let you know how that goes.
Sorry about being so long between posts but we have to go to shore to get internet and sometimes that's just not possible

Back in Grenada

09 October 2016 | Prickly Bay area
Bill/sunny and blowing
We were all scheduled for lift and splash at 1500. I was sitting in the Internet room sending out an email to a fellow cruiser(How to get from Puteri Harbour, Malaysia to Singapore)when Tracy comes in the door. "Michael (travel lift operator)wants to splash is now!". It's now just after 1000. Apparently they had a boat get delayed and if he could do us now,mores the better. No problem. I bagged up every thing and we headed back to Zephyr. About five minutes later, along rolls Michael and straps were deployed, baby power put on the straps (let's them slide better against the hull)and electricity was disconnected and we were up in the air. Blue(one of our kitties) knew it was happening and she took off to hide. Tracy slapped on some more bottom paint and they are going to let us sit in the slings for an hour so the paint can dry. Then we will be off for getting the hull dunked. This time, they will splash us and then walk us out of the slings and off we go.
It's now just 1120 and Michael is back. Tracy is at the store so once she's back, off we go. I'll update later on what happens. Let's hope better than last time.

We are now up in Grenada so let me tell you the rest of the story. It all went as planned with us being lifted and driven to the slot where boats get launched and retrieved from. We were lowered and as I did he first time we did this, I went below and burped the packing gland on the prop and started the engine. Michael retracted the lift so it was totally out of our way. The document then walked us forward with our docklines, I put the nine in gear and out we went, nose and slick.
We motored over to a nearby bay and spent some time relaxing and getting ready to leave Trinidad on Thursday ad you are never supposed to start a voyage on Friday (old superstition). Thursday morning, we checked out with Immigration and Customs, went to the local grocery store and spent the last of our Trinidad dollars. Back to Zephyr for lunch and we were underway by 1400.
We made it through the channel heading north out of Trinidad with no wind. A squall had passed by earlier and ducked out all the wind. It took a while but it finally came back. The Genoa was rolled out and the main raised, the engine was shut off and we were really on our way. As the sun set, we reefer the main(second reef) as the winds were picking up and we had waves of two meters slamming into the sides. Wind were a steady 15 knots at about 45 to 60 degrees off the starboard side.
We finally made it in just as the sun was coming up at 0545 after a trip of 81.5 miles in just over 15 hours. All the boats that had gone to Trinidad to hide out were now back and Prickly Bay is now quite full of boats. We found a spot close to where we had last anchored and dropped the hook, pull back and set the anchor. Next, some quick cleaning up of the cockpit and we were off for the stern bunk and a nap. I'm sure the cats were doing the same thing(no cleaning though). A few hours later, the sky opened up and it poured. As we looked up through the main salon hatches, we saw a line coming off the mainsail that shouldn't be there. Looks like we have a sail to repair again. Rats!

Launching today.

04 October 2016 | Power Boats, Trinidad
Bill/ partly cloudy
Our stay here at Power Boats Yard in Trinidad is quickly coming to an end. We should be launching this afternoon about 1500(give or take).
Yesterday, we were up and at it again. I was down at the internet room by just after 0500 downloading some more shows(Australian Survivor) and was back at the boat by 0700. Tracy was already up and had muscled the mainsail back on the boom getting it ready for attachment to the mast. Not an easy job especially since it was soaking wet from all the rains we've had. We slid the sail slides into the track on the mast, put in the pin that keeps them there and the job was done. We'd taken out the battens when we took the sail off and we'll put them back in once we are at anchor and can hoist the sail. Much easier to do it that way. At least we don't have to rush out of here like we did last time(back in July).
Next, we made arrangements to get the support pods that hold us vertical moved so we can put more bottom paint on those areas. While we waited, Tracy mixed up a batch of Lanocoate and TBT to paint on the prop. We're in a life rich sea now and even though I cleaned it a couple of weeks ago when we were in the marina, it had gotten a nice growth since then. We normally use just straight Lanocoate and it's worked just fine. This time, not so much. Now we will see how it reacts to having TBT added to the mixture. Nothing to loose other than growth on the prop.
Once the support pods were moved, Tracy put on a couple more coats of paint and used up most of what we had left in the can saving just a bit to put on once we get lifted. It won't have much time to harden but some beats none.
We've had a problem with water getting behind the teak panels we have along the top of the hull where it joins the deck. I've chiseled out most of the old caulk and put in new but I didn't replace the area where the chainplates for the shrouds go through the teak. I took some dental tools and a knife and got all the old stuff out and laid a nice bead along the joint. I cleaned the hull where the run off water had stained it and added some new wax to the hull. Now we will see if it did the job and stopped the water getting in where it doesn't belong.
Once we were done with the caulk, we dismantled the DuoGen wind generator where the vertical tube that holds the prop joins the generator part. It's started making some more noise and we wanted to make sure the connection as good. Only took a few minutes to get it apart and we found it just fine. I guess the bearings may be going again. We last had it serviced when we were in the Seychelles about a year ago and I guess it may be time to do it again. Once we put it back together again, we loosened the nuts on the bracket that keeps it straight up and not tilted and got it corrected so she's nice and plumb. We'll see how good she does now once we get launched. She doesn't make that much power for us but some sure beats none.
We squeezed all this in between several big rain storms. It's still the rainy season here with some kind of rain just about every day.

In the late afternoon, I took the last of our dirty laundry up and loaded up two washers and got them nice and clean. It's much cheaper to do it here and we can do it ourselves. We even did the sheets off the bed. While that was finishing up(close to 1700), Tracy was headed for the showers. Once the laundry was done and folded, I headed back to Zephyr, unloaded the clothes and headed up for my chance of getting clean. I had a token for hot water and after cooling down using the cool water, I plunked in the token and got 4 whole minutes of hot water. Once it shuts off, I cool backdown with the cool water and leave feeling quite human and less rank.
We will be finishing up last minute jobs(cleaning up the cockpit and stowing all the kitty litter we bought) making Zephyr ready for her next trip. We may head for Tobago as we've heard it's supposed to be wonderful but the winds and seas will be against us so it's up in the air at this time. There is always Grenada.
Todays picture is looking off our stern at all the boats here in Power Boats. She's pretty well packed with boats of all sizes.

Jobs progressing

02 October 2016 | Power Boats, Trinidad
Bill/pouring buckets
It's been another hot, and busy morning with an afternoon that may be the same(Saturday).

After a nice breakfast, I took off for the chandlery to get caulk to seal up the teak cap rail on the starboard side. We still have a small leak that channels water under the teak and down the side of the keel, leaving a water mark where ever it goes. I've got to get it seals. I picked up some more laundry tokens as well as shower tokens so we can have a hot water shower if we want it for our evening trip to the showers.
Back to Zephyr where I completed marking all anchor chain at 30 foot increments. White nylon flags and red poly line woven into the chain links. It should be nice and easy to see. We now have 340 feet of ⅜ chain to keep us safe when at anchor. That's about 130 feet more than we have ever had. We can now anchor safely in 80 feet of water with a 4 to 1 scope.
Once the chain was on board(we rinsed all the dirt from the yard off it) we took out our water filtering equipment and filled our water tanks. It took a while as the water pressure wasn't that strong but all of it has to pass through a charcoal filter and then a paper filter. About an hour later, all four of our tanks are nice and full.

We broke for a delightful lunch of Tacos! Tracy defrosts a pound of wonderful hamburger we get from a great meat market(Meat and Meet) in Grenada and half goes into tacos and half gets made into Hamburger patties for a second meal later. A nice way to stretch good beef a bit farther. Once lunch was over, we settled into the cabin as our normal afternoon shower descended on the yard. A couple of hours later we were back at it. At least the storm had made the temp drop a bit but it sure ramped up the humidity.

While Tracy stirred the big can of bottom paint, I worked on cleaning off the last of the stuff that had coated our nice MaxProp. I'd put on Lanocoate while we were in Grenada but the teaming life of animals in the Caribbean was not to be denied a nice new home. It wasn't bad but more than the normal buildup of just a couple of weeks. I took our drill and put in a stiff wire brush and it chewed through what was left on the prop. Tracy had already been working on it and this simple finished the job. For those of you out there that don't know what a MaxProp is, it a special very expensive(last owner bought it)propeller that as it's put in gear, it rotates it's blades in the direction you want to go. When the engine is turned off, it rotates so that the blades are flat so water flows over them while not causing any drag on the speed of the boat. Neat gizmo that is one of the most expensive toys on board. It was time to do another service call on it. You unscrew a small set screw and install a grease nipple and inject a special calcium grease inside it, forcing any water that may have gotten inside our through joints in the prop. With each injection of grease, you rotate the prop moving the injected grease all through the prop making it rotate smoothly. It takes a while but when it's working right, its a marvelous piece of equipment. By the time I was done with this job, Tracy was already rolling on more bottom paint making sure everything had a good second coat at least of the black paint. We'd applied two coats of red as a base coat when we were here back in June. It was still nice and solid on the hull. By the time we were done, it was just about 1800 and the Sun was setting. It was time to clean off the bottom paint that had spilled on our hands and arms and head up the hill for a nice shower. I had token for hot water should either of us want it. I did but Tracy just settled for the body cooling cold water and it wasn't that cold really but it sure makes you feel better after a day of sweating like a pig(myself, not Tracy).
Back to the boat for a nice snack dinner and an evening of tv shows. Tomorrow, we will be restitching a few seams on the mainsail and replacing the pin that holds the boom onto the mast. I brought it back from the US when I came. I'm sure we will find a few more jobs to add to our list. God bless Motrin!!!

It's now Sunday and we just finished a nice lunch of hamburgers with Cheetos.

We started out this morning trying to get things done before it got ungodly hot as it has for the last several days.

During our trip across the south Atlantic, we found that the big pin that connects the boom to the mast had a good bit of wear on it allowing the boom to shift forward and the end to rub on the fitting on the mast. When we were last here in Trinidad, we had the plate on the mast shaved down just a bit so it would stop rubbing. That worked well but that pin needed to be replaced. Before I went home back in July, I ordered a replacement from RigRite, the main supplier of our rigging. Far from cheap, it needed replacing and that's what we did this morning.

First, we took off the mainsail so we could get to the boom fitting without the excess weight on it, plus there were some seams on the sail that needed attending to. With the sail off, it was an easy job to take out a couple of cotter pins and unscrew a nut and shove out the big pin(see the pictures). We had to giggle the boom a bit to get the new pin in and all the attachment hardware back in place but it's now done. If you look at the picture, you can see a short length of black hose going from one side to the other where it's attached to the reefing hooks. When ever we are getting ready to reef the main, I slide the forward reef ring onto the reefing hook and then slide the hose back on trapping the ring so it can't come off allowing me to better concentrate on getting the sail back up in a reefed position.

With the new pin installed, we dragged out the sewing machine to the back deck and figured out where the sail needed mending. Low and behold, the Sailrite sewing machine no longer works!!! When we were in Grenada, I managed to find a place that is supposed to fix sewing machines so it will be going in once we get back there.

Since the mainsail still needed sewing, I grabbed my sail mending equipment and went back on deck pulling section of the sail inside the cockpit that needed stitching. It took a while but I got just about every seam that needed it restitched. I'm going back on deck and take another look. It started raining just about noon and it's now stopped though it's quite cloudy and we're hearing some thunder from time to time.

It's now pouring. Glad I made it to the internet room before it started.
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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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
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
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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.
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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.
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Created 25 July 2011
Our arrival in Tahiti through Huahine
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Created 18 July 2011
Getting Zephyr ready to go.
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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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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
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Created 28 November 2009
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