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.

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Back and forth and some rain.

26 October 2016 | Prickly Bay area
Bill/partly cloudy and some rain
Today (Tuesday)is Thanksgiving here in Grenada. It marks their date of independence, not some Pilgrims sitting down with Indians. Just about every store on the island is closed. If you had any projects to do today, you needed to buy your parts yesterday and just how I spent a great deal of my time yesterday.
First, I went up the mast to check the connections to the anchor/nav/flash fixture up there. I pulled off the connection and reattached it. I also found that the zip ties that are screwed the mast that keep all the wires up there and not falling inside the mast were in really bad condition. One had snapped and the second had cracks in the plastic. I came down and took off for shore looking for a replacement. Nothing at Budget Marine, nor at a refrigerator/electricians shop. I hiked down to True Value and Ace with no success. On of the people at Ace recommended a shop near where I started so after another nice hike, I found they didn't have any either. Back to Burger Marine where I picked up a smaller size and some bolts to attach them and came back. Back up the mast and installed one of the new zip ties and bolts and added some other zip ties to keep the nylon protective cover on the wires. So far, it's working fine and seems to be even brighter.
Back to Budget Marine to get some line to replace what we use on our Lazy Jack system. These are a set of lines that are stitched together to form a grid that goes up on either side of the mainsail, so when it comes down, it stays on the boom and doesn't go all over the deck. One side of ours has frayed and needs replacing. Now we can get that job done.
Today was "stitch the mainsail day". The cover on the back side or leech of the sail had torn on our trip up from Trinidad and it needed restitching and some replacing. I started early in the morning and it took me till noon to get the job done. We had to layout the sail on deck so we could pull the line that runs down the leech of the sail under the cover I'd restitching back in place. Once that job was done, we decided to wait to put the main back on the boom till it got cooler, plus I needed to sand down the ends of the new battens so they will fit in the cars they ride in on the sail.
As we pulled the sail forward along the deck to get it back on the boom(at 1700), another section ripped!! The fabric is just getting to flimsy and we have to be careful. Tracy grabbed some adhesive backed sail clothe and we put it on. I'll be adding some stitches to the patch tomorrow before we get the sail back on the boom. Once we get it up there, we have to reinstall the battens and run the reeling lines back on the sail as well and we want to do this during rather cooler section of the day. From 1300 on, it just gets nasty with temperatures and humidity well into the 90s. I also got a lead on finding the proper size zip ties so once we get the mainsail fixed and reattached, I'll be heading for shore and doing some more hiking. We still have a few more jobs to get done but hope to be moving on by early next week.

Well, it's now Wednesday and it's been raining on and off since 0400. I know since I've been up since then. Just not a good night sleep. I've actually been awake since just after 0300. Blue was thrilled that I was up as I removed the door to the companionway and she rushed out into the cockpit. She came back below about 30 minutes later wet from the rain since she got caught out on deck when it started raining. Running back to the cockpit got her nice and wet. She made sure to crawl up on my chest when she came back below. Oh boy, a wet cat siting on my chest.

I took some time between rains and got another section of the seams on the mainsail restitching. With the sail soaking wet and much heavier, we'll be waiting for more sunny skies before we try and get it back on the boom. Since I was stick below, I took some time and cleaned out the Racor filter housing as well as the the filter. It's been a while since I changed it and it was looking a bit dirty. I carry a couple dozen on board.
We'll be heading in this afternoon,rain permitting, for Grenada Train Dominoes. We got a call from one of our friends(Johanna) that they have delayed going into Grenada Marine for repairs for a week or so. We weren't sure she was going to be there but knowing she is, we will definitely be going in.
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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Created 23 October 2013
Our trip around Malaysia starting at Tawau.
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Created 21 October 2013
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Created 13 October 2013
Our trip from Tawau around the top of Borneo down to Brunei.
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Created 9 October 2013
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Created 6 October 2013
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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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Created 14 February 2010
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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Created 1 January 2010
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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