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 September 2017 | Spanish Waters, Curaçao
26 September 2017 | Spanish Waters, Curaçao
22 September 2017 | Spanish Waters, Curacao
19 September 2017 | Spanish Waters, Curacao
18 September 2017 | Spanish Waters, Curaçao
18 September 2017 | Spanish Waters, Curacao
15 September 2017 | Spanish Waters, Curaçao
15 September 2017 | Spanish Waters, Curacao
15 September 2017 | Spanish Waters, Curaçao
15 September 2017 | Curaçao
15 September 2017 | Curaçao
15 September 2017 | Curaçao
15 September 2017 | Curaçao
15 September 2017 | Curaçao
15 September 2017 | Curaçao
15 September 2017 | Curaçao
12 September 2017 | Spanish Waters, Curacao
10 September 2017 | Spanish Waters, Curaçao
10 September 2017 | Spanish Waters, Curaçao
10 September 2017 | Spanish Waters, Curaçao

When it's to sunny.

26 September 2017 | Spanish Waters, Curaçao
Bill/sunny and windy
When it gets to sunny or she just gets too lazy, she stretches out below decks waiting for the to go down. Then it's out to prowl the decks.

Happy cat

26 September 2017 | Spanish Waters, Curaçao
Bill/sunny and windy
From time time, Blue wanders up on deck and stretches out near the main salons hatch.

And the storm came!

22 September 2017 | Spanish Waters, Curacao
Bill/Partly cloudy
OK, It wasn't Irma or Maria, but when Mother Nature wants you to know who's boss, she will let you know. For those of you that have been following us for a while, I've written about strange weather fronts slamming into Spannish Waters. Yesterday, it happened again. Do to these random storms, we've changed our anchorage spot several times till we thought we were in a better place. Yesterday, Mother Nature wanted to see just how "safe" we really were.
We'd been sitting below decks playing an abbreviated game of Mexican Trains with it being quite calm outside with what winds there were were out of the east(as normal). As we were finishing up the game(about 1730) we saw a flash through our port lites, but no boom. We went on deck and saw a huge front to the south west of us looking really UGLY. Puff was still in the water(calm water for a change) so we immediately got her hauled back up on deck. There have been a couple of dinghy thefts recently so just to be safe, we stow her on deck instead of dangling from the starboard side. We got her up real easy since it was darn close to calm, both water and wind. Within about 5 minutes, everything changed. Suddenly, Zephyrs bow swung around as the winds started coming from the south. All the boats in the anchorage shifted as if on joined line. Tracy closed up all the hatches and portlites while I battened down everything on deck. More lightening came and this time with thunder--lots of both! The new winds escalated and took on a cold feel to them. That normally means rain so if it was to stay dry, it was tossed below or put up in the front of the dodger(including Snowshoe). We had two boats join us in our anchorage, a cat and a monohull. Both about 80 feet away. Suddenly the heavens let loose and the winds climbed into the high 30 knot range(saw 37) and the rains started to pour. Actually "pour" is less of what it did. Think standing under a bucket and having it turned upside down. We turned on our chart plotter and watched as it came on us. At one point, the rains were horizontal and so heavy that your couldn't see across the bay and most of the boats around us disappeared in the deluge. At least one dragged his anchor(we think). I took off my shirt as it was getting wet as I sat in the rear of the cockpit. With the rain, came more lightening making us put all our electronics in the oven for protection(maybe yes, maybe no). Our new next-door neighbor(on the monohull) sat in his cockpit, engine running, getting plastered by the storm. His boat has no dodger and a small worthless bimini in this storm.
Yesterday was the night that one of the local restaurants(The Pier) has a special dinner for all the cruisers in the bay. Last nights was Thai Chicken Curry. We opted out and are glad we did as the rain pretty well shut down the restaurant and those that were left, ate at the bar since everywhere else was soaked.
The storm continued for well over an hour before it let up and the winds slowly returned to an easterly flow and boats returned to their normal position. Our dinghy had close to 7 inches of rain in it this morning!! Glad we had her stowed on deck as that much extra weight could have caused problems with the rigging if she had been stowed along the side(as most boats do). At least everything on deck got a good fresh water wash.
Last night, as I took out one of our vertical ice cube trays from the freezer, I found that the bottom weld had broken sometime during the freezing cycle. It needed rewelding especially since I really love ice in my drinks. I caught the bus to town and returned to the shop that going to repair our black water tanks and with some quick talking(the boss was out)I got it fixed in about 30 minutes. I think the workman took pity on me as my shirt was soaked in sweat since I'd had to walk the last 1/2 mile or so as the buses don't go there. It's now back in the freezer making us more ice.

The Dentist

19 September 2017 | Spanish Waters, Curacao
Bill/sunny with winds
I'm back from the dentist(Dental Clinic of Chong and Associates) with a nicely repaired tooth in my mouth! No caps. No root canal! We started out with an Xray of the affected area. I got my lead vest and the "film" placed in my mouth and the Xray machine lined up. Everyone left the room but me and ZAP, I was Xrayed. I knew it would take a few minutes to develop the film so I just sat back and waited. Not in this office. Suddenly, on a computer screen just to my left pops up my Xray. No developing little pieces of celluloid, just a nice clear picture of my teeth and the space left when the filling fell out. Really cool!! The doctor could move around the X-ray showing all different areas and even draw on what was shown on the screen. I told him to wait a minute. Wheres the little square piece of celluloid that I seen all my life. You can't just pull up my X-ray on a tv screen! What is the world coming to? The doctor laughed and told me I was living in the past and this was the new side of dentistry. I've been gone too long and technology has passed me by. Next came some novacaine to deaden the pain of what was to come and then some more talking while it took effect and then in he went with the all to familiar sound that we all know(and hate) of the spinning drill bit!! Still brings chills up my spine when I hear that. Luckily, I was in the hands of a professional who knew what he was doing and I felt no pain at all(YEA!!). My appointment was for 0900 and I wasn't done till 1025! He was taking his time to make sure it was done properly. The drilling. The placement of the new filling and then the shaping of it and then the always popular "bite down" over and over as he shaped and reshaped the tooth so it fit and played nicely with the other teeth in the neighborhood. Cost---$210US and worth it to get it all taken care of. Heck, I paid more for just one of my new batteries.

I hiked over to the market everyone goes to in the morning as I'd used the bus to get most of the way to the dentists office. It was just a few blocks down the road. I bought a few things and then hiked just a bit farther down the road to the regular bus stop and a few minutes later(1125)and took it back to our dinghy and back out to Zephyr.

Tracy made a wonderful Taco Salad for lunch and it sure went down fine and tasted great. Nice home made dressing too.

Tomorrow, we get our car rental and it's off to the welders.

Update on Black Water tank

18 September 2017 | Spanish Waters, Curaçao
Bill/partly cloudy with a breeze.
We went at it again today after coming back from the free bus ride to the grocery store. Along the way, I bought a nice aluminum rod to shove into the tank as well as some hose fitting so I can hook up a water pumping system I made years ago. After lunch, we hauled the tank to the side gate that has the water drain and poured in more water. It seemed to be rung clean so we took the aluminum rod and shoved it down the pump out tube that's on top of the tank. Seemed to get bound up so we took a flashlight and peered down the tube. About five inches down from the top, the pump out tube has pretty well sheared off. Jagged edges all around the break in the tube. It looks like we won't be needing the pressure washer or the transformer or CLR(Calcium,Lime, Rust)desolver after all. We need a welder to fix the problem and while he's at it, he can steam clean the tank. We called around and found Westech, Curaçao that next to the Curaçao Marine downtown. Called and after describing the problem they told me to bring in the tank and they'd take a look at it. Shouldn't be any kind of problem to either cut a hole or cut the top off, replace,the tube, steam clean the tank and reeled but we'll find that,out on Wednesday as I've made arrangements to rent a car. Now it's Monday I'm sure your asking why not do it tomorrow. It's because I have an appointment with a dentist on Tuesday at 0900! I apparently have cracked or lost a filling on one of my teeth! Man, are we living the dream or what? Just glad all these facilities are available.

Cleaning out the sludge in our black water tank.

18 September 2017 | Spanish Waters, Curacao
Bill/partly cloudy
The job continues with cleaning out the sludge in our black water tank. It's been far worse than we imagined. Now that we have it on deck, we hauled it over to the starboard side near the scupper(deck drain) and started in getting what was inside out. While I was in town on Saturday, Tracy was here poking a piece of shroud wire up the bottom drain. It was plugged. It took a while but we finally got what liquid that was in the tank out. Next, we needed to get the sludge out. We'd pour water in the top inlet and nothing would come out the bottom. Tilt the tank a bit so Tracy could shove the wire back in and then a bunch of water and sludge would come out. We did this over and over Sunday morning with Tracy hauling bucket after bucket up over the life lines and then we alternated where we poured it. We used a cut off top to one of the Pepsi 2 liter bottles as a funnel. Worked perfectly. Once in the tank, I'd rock it from side to side over and over agitating the water and moving the loose sludge so it just might flow out the bottom. We started in on this just after 0700 and finally stopped about 1130 for a shower as we had plans to play Mexican Trains again in the afternoon with Johanna and Timo on Iiris. About 1100, as we tilted the tank, we hear this "thud" from inside the tank. From what we can only guess is that a slab of sludge that was laying on the bottom of the tank had finally come loose and was now flopping around inside.

When I was in town on Saturday, I bought a high pressure sprayer to shove into the tank but from the look of it, the nozzles is 1 3/8 inch and the hole in the top is just 1 1/4 inch so it doesn't look like it is going to fit. I also bought an drain auger to shove inside the tank and rotate. It's like a big spring on a rod that twist around in circles to help break up the junk in the tank. The two of us just keep banging away on the sediment by shoving the auger in and out, over and over. Then in goes more water and out comes the now dark black water and chunks of the sediment. We bought some CLR but we just heard from the factory that it's not recommended on painter surfaces(like out hull)so we are pretty much left with two choices. Just keep pounding away and then washing away what we break off, or cut a 6 inch hole in the top of the tank, get whats left out and then stick a plate to the top with lots of caulking and screws. When we went to the grocery store this morning(free bus) I hiked over to one of the local hardware store and bought a meter long aluminum rod for shoving inside the tank. Far more ridged than the auger and might break up the sludge chunk easier. I also bought a "male" end for one of our hoses so we can hook it to a salt water pump I made years ago and pump water up into the tank instead of using buckets. We'll see how that goes.
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.
Home Page: http::/www.sailblogs.com/member/svzephyr
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