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.

15 November 2018 | Aurora
06 November 2018 | Aurora
01 November 2018 | Aurora
30 October 2018 | Aurora
16 October 2018 | Aurora
16 October 2018 | Aurora
14 October 2018 | Aurora
12 October 2018 | Aurora, Colorado
24 September 2018 | Aurora, Colorado
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30 August 2018 | Aurora, Colorado
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16 August 2018 | Aurora, Colorado
15 August 2018 | Aurora, Colorado
14 August 2018 | Aurora, Colorado
14 August 2018 | Aurora, Colorado
14 August 2018 | Aurora, Colorado

New crew!

15 November 2018 | Aurora
Bill/sunny and cool
With the death of Blue, one of our kitty crew, we waited a few days and with the house being so quiet, we went to the Denver Dumb Friends League and got another crew member so we are back to our normal. Let me introduce Sierra, a 3.5 year old ex-female. Sweet kitty with a bit of a weight problem(don’t we all)weighing in at over 13.5 pounds. With there being another kitty in the house, we’ve been trying to get some weight off her and so far she has lost a bit over a pound. She’s been checked by our vet and came through with flying colors so all is well and so far, she ifps getting along with Snowshoe, our big white Persian. We kept them separate for the first week and after getting a clean bill of health, let them get together. So far so good. Now as to boating, well we will see when we get back to Zephyr in a few months.

Maybe, just maybe it’s over.

06 November 2018 | Aurora
Bill/chilly with a cold night ahead.
Two men from the company hired to repair our house showed up to move our washer and dryer back into the laundry room since the new vinyl was laid on Thursday. It only took four days to get them moved. It was the last thing workers need to do. Now we have to wait for the companies rep to call us so we can settle up the final accounting. I called my insurance company yesterday to tell them we were finally done and to see if the repair company had submitted another claim to have my insurance pay for what they broke. Sure enough, they had submitted a claim for another $1,000 to off set some of what they have had to pay out to fix everything that came after they broke the waterline to the ice maker in our fridge. We were out running errands when they called so I pulled over so we could talk without being distracted by traffic. The adjuster told me about the add on claim ($1,000)to the original. I spent a good fifteen minutes going through what had happened and encouraged them to deny to additional claim as it had nothing to do with my insurance company. I went into great depth of what they did that took a job that should have been done in ten day but ended up taking 90 days. The agent for the insurance company went through what the repair company was claiming and I did my best to tell them what they had done that caused to necessary additional expense. In the end, I think I persuaded her not to pay the additional money but she was going to call the repair company and discuss it. For all my years of dealing with insurance companies, most make it hard to get money out of them. This time they seem bound and determined to pay for something that’s not their responsibility. I asked her to call me back and let me know what happens because I have a feeling that if the claim is denied(sure hope so) that they are going to play hardball getting more money out of us. They’ve put leins on other customers from what I’ve read on reviews of their company.

Maybe, just maybe.

01 November 2018 | Aurora
Bill/overcast and cold.
We just might be in the home stretch today. Yesterday, I called the owner of the construction company my insurance company hired to discuss our situation. He told us that they still needed the “work order” signed and to feel free to cross out anything we didn’t like. That was fine by him. Putting the shoe on the other foot, I requested a letter from his company stating that we were not financially liable for any of the repairs that were made after they broke the copper water line. That was agreed to and a letter was emailed to us later stating just that and a signed copy was delivered to us this morning when the workman showed up to finally install the vinyl floor. He was told to make sure he had the signed “work order” in his hand before starting any work. By the time we were done crossing out all the provisions on it, you would have thought it was a redacted file from the CIA!
The workman has already pulled out the washer and dryer and is now about to cut the vinyl floor after taking numerous measurements of the room. This is the third attempt at getting the floor in. The first time, it was ordered wrong, the second was cut wrong by the workman and I just came back from outside where the workman is cutting the newest vinyl to make sure he cuts it right this time. Measure twice and cut once. Lots of the woodworking project I’ve done, I’ve measure three or four time. Paranoia is my friend!
The glue that holds this new flooring down takes between 24 to 48 hours to cure so they will have to come back either tomorrow or Saturday to put the washer and dryer back in. I made sure to read the can the glue is in last night as I figured they would be trying to move the appliances back in immediately(which is what he’d planned on doing). We made sure to do our laundry late last night so we would be ok if this went sideways again.
So now we sit back and watch and see what happens. I’ll let you know.

The repair battle intensifies.

30 October 2018 | Aurora
And so the battle continues with the company that was hired by my insurance company to fix the water damaged floor on our first floor. The work started on August 6th when they taped off the entire first floor so repairmen could come in and rip out the damaged oak floor. With those boards being replaced, the entire first floor, all covered in oak flooring needed to be sanded to match the finish and the covered in polyurethane. Unfortunately, as they were putting on the finish, the workman snapped the copper waterline to the fridge and his actions ruined a lot more of the flooring as it wasn’t caught till the next day. Once he painted on the urethane, we weren’t allowed into the area. The damage to the waterline was caught the next day when the repairman came back to finish the job and discovered what he had done. Instead of asking for help in rolling the fridge back in its space, he just shoved it back all by himself. With the damage discovered, more oak flooring damaged as well as the water flowing into the crawlspace under the house leaving two inches of water and going through the wall and damaging the vinyl floor in the laundry room. That was back on August 13 and the repairs are still going on. The company has been in contact with our insurance company trying to add all the new damages onto our original claim making them responsible. I’ve been in constant contact with my insurance company letting them know what is going on, encouraging them to say NO. Now the repair company is trying to get me to sign a “repair order” that was apparently supposed to be signed at the beginning of the repairs but never was. One of the provisions of the “repair order” states that any repairs done on my house not covered by my insurance company will be our responsibility to pay!!!!! I flatly refused to sign that provision until I talked to my insurance company. I got a call a few days later and was told that the company had decided that I didn’t need to sign that provision. I sat down and read the entire “repair order” and found that at the bottom of the form a paragraph that still says we’re still responsible for paying for the damage that was done by their repairman. I got another call on Monday telling us that they finally received the vinyl flooring for the laundry room (after screwing up the first two batches of flooring)but would not install it till I signed the “repair order “. I told them that was fine as I’ve still not been able to contact my adjuster at my insurance company as they have been slammed with claims from hurricanes in the Carolinas and Florida. So the stand off continues as they keep trying to shift the blame for the new damages from their responsibility to my insurance company. So here we sit with just a wood floor in the laundry room and two improperly cut chunks of vinyl flooring sitting in our garage. Now if the repair company will provide me with a letter saying that they are responsible for all the costs of repairing what they damaged and that we’re not, I just might sign it but as it stands now, there is no way we will sign it. They could hit us up for all the repairs for the damage that they did without the letter. When will it end?

Nope, not this time!

16 October 2018 | Aurora
Bill/sunny and getting warmer
This is my second post of the day and as promised here’s a update on our “Cluster F”. The workers showed up just after 0800 and finished putting down the underlayment that the vinyl gets glued to. They took their measurements and hauled the new vinyl out of the living room to the driveway where they were going to cut it. It’s a nice 12 X 12 foot section of vinyl. A few minutes later, they brought in the now cut vinyl and laid it down on the floor. Guess what? THEY CUT IT THE WRONG SIZE!!!!!! The room measures about 10 X 6 so a 12 X 12 should have been easy to cut the right size. Nope! Instead they cut the 10 foot long side about 8.5 feet. We watched as they put it down and when we asked why it was short, their explanation was that it was “easier to get in and we wouldn’t see where they were going to seam it when it’s done”. We looked at it and shook our heads. Tracy had had enough of their incompetence and just wanted the job done. She had had enough and wanted to get on with our lives. As the second installer was heading to Lowe’s to get a tack strip, I told the other installer that we were not happy with it and that they had “screwed it up” and we were not going have it installed that way. It came out as a solid piece and we didn’t want it going in in two pieces. He placed a call to Delta Disaster, the company that has screwed up this project to let them know. I called and talked to Ashley who told us she would order the new vinyl as soon as she could. We told the remaining worker to move the washer and dryer back in as the now third chunk of vinyl would take another two weeks. We made sure to put towels behind the washer to make sure no water leaked out of the hose and ruined the new underlayment. The worker hooked up the hoses and turned the water on. Guess what happened next? The valve for the hot water side started leaking just like it did before the plumber worked on it last week!!!! More calls were placed to Delta Disaster and they made arrangements for the plumber to come out about noon today so he can figure out what went wrong this time. I went around and rehung out pictures in the dining room where we had stowed the washer and dryer as well as the picture we had on the wall in the laundry room. I ever rehung the door that I had removed to make the repair men’s job easier.
This “Cluster F” has grown to a huge problem for a job that should have been done two months ago. Tracy is considering taking some Valium! She’s hit her limit and I can’t say I blame her. We just want to get on with our lives.

Today might be the day!

16 October 2018 | Aurora
Bill/clear and cold
Two workers showed up yesterday to inspect and take a moisture content check of our laundry room floor. It appears to be nice and dry so if everything works out, we will have more workmen in the house today to finally install the new vinyl flooring. We could be in the final phase of getting what started out as a simple job back in the first week of August done but I’ll believe it when it actually over. Once it’s down, we have to meet with the companies rep to go through their bill to see what the final charge will be. Our insurance company sent them a two party check back in early August for the repairs but we did a bunch of what they were going to get paid for so those funds will revert to us since we did the work. Somehow getting charged over $515 to remove and replace a dining room suite(table with six chairs) and emptying a closet a bit much as well as another $5.00 each to remove heater grates from the floor. It’s going to be an interesting day for sure.
Sure miss Blue!
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.
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. From Fiji to the Philippines and down to South Africa for Christmas 2015. We've now made it to the Caribbean and through the Panama Canal. With [...]
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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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Our trip around Malaysia starting at Tawau.
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Created 21 October 2013
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Our trip from Tawau around the top of Borneo down to Brunei.
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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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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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