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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12 June 2018 | Puerto Penasco, Mexico
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Off to the store and working with our batteries,etc.

12 August 2017 | Spanish Waters, Curacao
Bill/Partly cloudy
It's now Friday late morning after another freebee trip to the grocery store. Picked up a few more things--pork loin for Chipolte Encrusted--YUMM!! We actually ran out of salt! Amazing that that could happen. It's one of the reasons we headed for the store. Picked up a few extra things while we were there.
Yesterday(Thursday) we headed for Willemstad as we were just about out of gigs again for our internet fun. Took the 1030 bus in and walked over the floating bridge to Digicel and got everything taken care of. For $50.56US, we got 18+gigs of internet and that seems like a pretty good deal. We hiked back over the floating bridge just in time to see a ketch rigged sailboat heading into the harbor. Whistles were blow, horns were honked and bells were rung and the bridge started it's arc to open to let the little sailboat into the river/bay. We watched as it passed and the bridge swung closed again. Then off to Subway for lunch. Cheaper than most local restaurants and neither of us get ill eating there.
We made it to the bus station in time for the 1330 bus back to the docks and were back on board by 1420 in time to run our generator again. I topped up the electrolyte early on Thursday morning and the batteries don't like it when I do that. The acid sits in the bottom of the batteries and the distilled water is in the top and it takes a while for the two to get together. Because of this, the batteries tend to loose their charge much faster as there is lots less of the chemical reaction needed to keep the volts in the battery. We ended up running either the generator or the engine(after the Sun goes down) at least three times. This morning, we ran the engine for about an hour as it was sprinkling and now that we are back from the store, the generator is humming away on the stern. I figure a couple more runs today. In a few days, everything will be mixed well and the batteries will be back in fitting trim again. We go through this every time I put more distilled water in them.

It's now Saturday morning and I'm sitting in the cockpit watching boats maneuver around the bay. Spanish Bay here in Curacao is separated into four areas, each requiring an "anchor permit" at a cost of $10. If you move from B to A, well you're supposed to go to town, hike to the offices that issue the permits(about two miles from the bus station)and get a new one. People are moving here regularly. Some coming in and some going out and some just jockeying for a better location. At 0615, I watched as a boat off our port side pulled up their anchor(we're in B) and as they were doing that, another boat(K DAN) was motoring out of the harbor. Once the boat had it's anchor up, it motored over to A and probably took K DANs place in that anchorage area.

Our batteries are still getting better but it's going to take a few more days. They charge up well and are still discharging quicker than normal as the new distilled water I put in is has still not totally mixed with the acid in the batteries. It takes about a week to get everything mixed again. We ran the engine for about a hour early yesterday morning, then the generator once we got back from the store run and then the generator again late in the afternoon. We're down again this AM but better than we were yesterday so we are making progress.

Today, we're going to drain out the gasoline from the outboard motors tank and put it through our "Baja Filter". Its a big funnel with a metal mesh screen in the bottom that won't allow water through it separating it from the gas as it goes through. We use it for diesel as well. The outboard runs a bit rough early when we start it so I think it's gotten some water in the tank as it's been a long time since we actually drained the tank and filtered the fuel. Once that's done, we'll refill our primary storage tank on the stern, separating it into some for the outboard(normally two gallons) and some for the generator and some that will stay in the primary tank on the stern deck. We have four jerry cans on the deck that will then need refilling so I'll be going to the fuel dock in the next day or so and getting them filled. It will be interesting to see what gas goes for since Bonaire was some of the most expensive gas we have ever taken on board.
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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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
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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