Exploring the World by Sail from A to Z

Jeff and Zia's adventures aboard the catamaran Hekla

12 January 2015 | 62 31'S:59 47'W, Antarctic Peninsual
09 January 2015 | 65 54'S:62 52'W, Antarctic Peninsual
07 January 2015 | 65 15'S:64 16'W, Antarctic Peninsual
04 January 2015 | 64 19'S:62 55'W, Antarctic peninsula
31 December 2014 | 54 48'S:68 19'W, Ushuaia
27 December 2014 | It's 6am must be Miami...
26 December 2014 | Guatemala
09 June 2013 | 17 35'N:80 42'W, Caribbean sea
06 June 2013 | Jamaica
04 June 2013 | 18 28'N:77 57'W, Montego Bay
02 June 2013 | 19 20'N:78 49'W, on passage Cayman-Jamaica
23 May 2013 | 19 43'N:82 58'W, south of Cuba, NW of Cayman
19 May 2013 | 24 34'N:81 49'W, Key West, Florida
30 April 2013 | 23 25'N:85 38'W, Gulf of Mexico
27 April 2013 | 21 15'N:86 45'W, Isla Mujeras
19 April 2013 | 18 17'N:87 50'W, Xcalak
17 April 2013 | 15 34'N:89 12'W, Lago Izabal, Guatemala
10 April 2013 | Rio Dulce
10 April 2013 | 15 39'N:88 'W, Rio Dulce
01 April 2013 | 16 05'N:88 32'W, Southern Belize

The work goes on

04 October 2011 | Valdivia, Chile
by Jeff
While our long delay in making an update here might make one wonder if we are super busy, actually we are not. In fact it is slightly boring. The boat construction advances some everyday, though there is little we can directly do on the boat at this time. We continue to organize for a food provisioning that will need to last for 8 weeks, inventory and upgrade our warm clothes, and splice and sew specialty line assemblies for the storm drogue and shore tie lines required for Patagonian waters.

There are sailing hardware and instrumentation bits appearing rapidly now, and it is starting to look like a functional boat. The most dramatic visual feature however is the artist-painted floor, which today in the main cabin/saloon has been completed. We chose a painted floor over the imitation wood laminate flooring installed in most boats, because we thought it would look dull and detracting next to the bamboo finish wood. As we were trying to decide what color to make it, in stepped Nancy, an artist from Steamboat Springs, who has painted floors and pool bottoms and wall murals and assured us she could do a first-rate job placing true art on Helka's floor. First rate it is, her work is truly awesome, check back in a few days when I get a photo album together about it. The picture above does not really do it justice (it is all I have tonight), and that is not a tail sticking out of Nancy's butt but the tail of an intricate sea serpent.

Now that the saloon is free of the floor painters, final furniture and instrumentation installation will proceed rapidly. Already most of the wiring and instrumentation is installed in other parts of the boat. We expect to make the first tests of the electrical system on Thursday and put the boat in the water on Friday. The uhh, bilge pumps must be functional for that. Thereafter, intensive testing can begin for all of the systems that need sea water, such as the engines, as well as the many more electrical, electronic, refrigeration, heating, and water desalination systems.

Now that I have purged all of the German from my language processor and Zia is taking intensive Spanish lessons, we are becoming more comfortable with the language barrier. On Sunday, we had a great mid-day dinner with lots of happy families in a cheery sea-side restaurant, and in conversation with the owner I explained that we were staying in Valdivia, are from the United States, and in three weeks would be passing by his restaurant on a sailboat bound for Patagonia. I thought it was all well until I looked up the word I used for boat, "bota," which is actually a boot, and which would explain the puzzled look on his face at that moment.

Fingers crossed for a Friday launch...
Vessel Name: Hekla
Vessel Make/Model: Atlantic 57, Chris White Designs
Hailing Port: Fort Collins, Colorado, USA
Crew: Jeff Lebesch, Zia Zybko
About: Jeff has been sailing for 11 years, and has completed two singlehanded TransPac races on his former trimaran Hecla. Zia is enthusiastic about adventure-exploration by sail
Hekla's Photos - Main
Interior photos of the boat
20 Photos
Created 29 November 2011
Photos of Hekla under construction, Sept 2010 to Nov 2011
30 Photos
Created 4 August 2011

S/V Hekla

Who: Jeff Lebesch, Zia Zybko
Port: Fort Collins, Colorado, USA
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