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

Wrapping up, final testing

17 November 2011 | Valdivia, Chile
by Jeff
We now have all fully functional boat systems, the sailing rig, engines, instrumentation, lighting, refrigeration, etc. We go out when time allows, which is not often because the boat shop electrician and wood workers are working 6 long days per week. Last Sunday’s test sail was thwarted by gremlins in the engine starting safety interlock systems, leaving me with a smoking engine controls power supply and tasked with redesign and rewiring of the starting control circuit, again. This time it is quite robust and with fewer parts than before, best to experience these things at the dock! Initial trials with the Interphase PC-90 forward scanning sonar (http://www.interphase-tech.com/) are very interesting, I can clearly see submerged rocks and shoals ahead while walking around with iPad in hand; a photo expo coming on that in a couple days; also a rant and solution regarding Garmin’s autopilot true wind control programming choices.

The long delay in completion is probably due to the two months late delivery of the bamboo wood products, which could not be sourced in Chile and I actually bought them at a specialty lumber yard in Fort Collins and shipped them here. The wood shop guys were July and August with little to do, and now scrambling. The color and texture of the wood is really nice, and I promise to add a big final photo gallery before we set sail.

We have scheduled our completion celebration dinner on Thanksgiving day (that holiday is not recognized here) at the nearby brewery-restaurant with all of the boat shop employees, and planned sail-away on Saturday, Nov. 26, weather permitting. The first leg is a 14 hour ocean passage and requires favorable conditions.

Our friends from Fort Collins, the Modesitt’s, have set sail from Florida with their 6 and 3 year old kids, after two months of their own sweat equity investment at a marina in Fort Lauderdale. They plan a multi year voyage and you can visit their experiences at http://rivers2seas.com/. We hope to meet up with them in April in Panama.

Cheers, Jeff
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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