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.

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
09 September 2016 | Secret Harbour Marina, Grenada
09 September 2016 | Secret Harbour Marina, Grenada
05 September 2016 | Secret Harbour Marina, Grenada
03 September 2016 | Secret Harbour Marina, Grenada
03 September 2016 | Secret Harbour Marina,Grenada
01 September 2016 | Secret Harbour Marina,Grenada

The hull got scrubbed.

01 October 2016 | Power Boats, Trinidad
Bill/overcast
With not much effort, the top layer of paint is pretty well gone. A tough nylon scrubby brush is about all it took.

Paint failure

01 October 2016 | Power Boats, Trinidad
Bill/overcast
Here's a picture of the stern section showing how the paint failed to stick to the hull. The rest of the boat was the same and some places worse.

New teak installed.

01 October 2016 | Power Boats, Trinidad
Bill/overcast
Here's with the new teak installed. Now we have to let it age in the salt water for about a month or so, pouring salt water on it so it will come closer to matching what we already have.

Teak damage.

01 October 2016 | Power Boats, Trinidad
Bill/overcast
You've seen prior pictures of the damaged teak in earlier posts. Here's the same area with the teak chiseled off.

Chain

01 October 2016 | Power Boats, Trinidad
Bill/overcast
Here's all our 340 feet of chain laid out for tagging. The picture in the last post was of the tags I sewed on.

OMG, It HOT!

01 October 2016 | Power Boats, Trinidad
Bill/ partly cloudy
OMG, it's another HOT day in Trinidad. We had a bunch of rain yesterday which with the cloud cover made the day quite decent. Today, while rain is again in the forecast, it's beautifully sunny and almost clear. The humidity from yesterdays rain made it quite muggy and add in the incredible sunshine and it's miserable outside. We got a somewhat early start on repainting the hull since the last paint we used just didn't hold. The first two coats of red did but the top two coats of black failed miserably but we didn't have a single barnacle when we hauled out but the red bottom coat was showing in lots of different places on the hull. We hired a crew of two to take off what was left of the black yesterday and that went well. Today it was time to get more paint and do it again. I was still working on the anchor chain putting on the new nylon webbing and Tracy started in with the new paint. Lobster continued with repairing the cracks in the combing around the cockpit as well as the cracks in the anchor locker hatch cover. The woodworkers were back putting the final touches in the teak so it was nice and sealed against the hull. We still need to put on the Perfection Plus coatings to protect it but the master woodworker said to let it age for a month or so and put saltwater on it to darken it up a bit so it doesn't stand out as being new.
I was in the final stretch of the chain about noon and Tracy was done with the port side(shady side) painting so we broke for lunch and some much needed coolness inside the boat drinking lots of liquid. With the AC on, it's a delightful change from the heat outside.
Once done with lunch, I braved the heat and went forward to unclog the drain hoses that takes the water from the channel under the anchor locker hatch overboard. It had gotten clogged up with epoxy filler dust and dirt when the men where sanding and grinding the deck when they took off the teak decks. There was no way the water was going to go out the hoses. I took off some clamps and used some old stainless steel wires I keep for just such a project and after stuffing myself inside the anchor locker, loosening the clamps and poking the wire up and down in the hoses, out came the clogs. the hose was now clear and ready to do it's job at the next rain which will probably be sometime today. We've had some sort of rain everyday since we got here. Once we get a bit cooler, we'll be heading back to the chandlery to get more bottom paint. Five liters just isn't going to give us enough coverage.
Brent told us today that he has extended our stay here till Tuesday so I know we will have everything done by then. Not much left to do thank goodness.
We went back to the chandlery and bought another five liter can of paint as it became apparent that there wasn't enough in just one can to even do one coat let alone two as needed. With that in hand, we returned to Zephyr and as the afternoon cooled off, we continued painting the starboard side. In the end, we did have to open the new can just to finish this one side. By 1800, we called it a day and as of right now are planning on heading to the restaurant for dinner then up to the showers for a much needed cleanse. Boy am I ripe!!! The deodorant just isn't cutting it in this heat and humidity.
I've downloaded some pictures so you can see what we've been working on.
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 - Isla Danzante
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The Eastern side of Isla Danzante.  No place to anchor.
Puff on shore in the South cove of Honeymoon cove.
Walking the ridge"trail".  High and with steep sides.
Part of the shoreline in Honeymoon Cove.
Two of our kids sleeping off a tough day of staying awake.
My braided Cranberry Walnut bread.  Not bad for my first attempt.
Zephyr at anchor in the South cove of Honeymoon Cove.
Looking down from the top of hills on Isla Danzante.  A long up hill climb.
Zephyr at anchor way below.
A school of fish splashing around in the channel between Isla Dansante and Escondido.
The small island North of Isla Danzante connected by a shallow strip of land.
The view back West toward Puerto Escondido.
Looking South in Honeymoon Cove on Isla Danzante.
Honeymoon Cove on Isla Danzante.
Even the cactus die out here.
Signs mark the hiking path on Isla Danzante.
A view North from the top of the hill on Isla Danzante.
Off toward Isla Carmen, North of Isla Danzante.
Looking North along the Eastern side of Isla Danzante.
Looking West from the top of Isla Danzante.
The North Cove in Honeymoon Cove.  Use a bow and stern anchor to be safe if wind should arise.
The middle cove in Honeymoon Cove.
Baby cactus along the trail.
Shallow water along the North shore of Honeymoon Cove.
Guenivere 1 in the North Cove.  Bow and stern anchors deployed.
 
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A great place to spend time exploring.
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