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.

22 April 2018 | Punta Chivato
22 April 2018 | Leaving Concepcion Bay
19 April 2018 | 26 45.468N:-111 53.520W
19 April 2018 | 26 45.468N:-111 53.520W
19 April 2018 | 26 45.468N:-111 53.520W
16 April 2018 | 26 22.928N:-111 25.871W
16 April 2018 | 26 22.928N:-111 25.871W
16 April 2018 | 26 22.928N:-111 25.871W
16 April 2018 | On passage
16 April 2018 | On passage
16 April 2018 | On passage
16 April 2018 | On passage
16 April 2018 | On passage
16 April 2018 | On passage
15 April 2018 | Puerto Escondido Marina, Sea of Cortez
13 April 2018 | Puerto Escondido Marina, Sea of Cortez
10 April 2018 | 25 49.555N:-111 18.804W
10 April 2018 | 25 49.555N:-111 18.804W
10 April 2018 | 25 49.555N:-111 18.804W
10 April 2018 | 25 49.555N:-111 18.804W

Changing oil and a restaurant on stilts

31 December 2017 | Bahia Del Sol, El Salvador
Bill/Sunny and hot
It's now Saturday, December 30 and the resort has started gearing up for the new years. There is a party going on at the restaurant/courtyard up at the end of the dock. Singers and loud music so it may be a sleepless night. Apparently, the folks in El Salvador celebrate the 30th as well as the 31 with lots of parties and tons of fireworks so it's going to be a noisy weekend. While I can sleep through just about anything, Tracy will be pulling out her ear plugs(stops her from hearing my snoring) and that should make it easier(sure hope so). Add on a couple of power boats that have cranked up the volume on their stereos and it adds to the mayhem. From what we've been told, they are expecting 1,000 people tomorrow at the Pacific side of the resort. For $150, you can drink all you want!!! No clue when it starts but hopefully most of the partying is going to be over there. It's about a kilometer south of where we are located so I'm sure we will still hear some of especially once they start the fireworks. They are big on using HUGE firecrackers. We've heard lots of them over this past week.

This morning, we got another task out of the way before we take off again. Having run the engine most of the way here from Panama, the oil desperately needed to be changed as did the oil in our diesel fuel injector. So we went at it right after breakfast while it was still cool. I started on the changing out the oil in the injector pump. According to the owners manual, it's supposed to be changed every 50 hours of engine operation. When we bought Zephyr back in 2007, I was clued into the injector pump by another cruiser that had the same engine. I called the previous owner and found he had no clue about the injector pump and had NEVER changed the oil(not good) and he's run the engine for may thousands of miles. When I undid the drain plug(back in 2007, I was met with lots more liquid that was supposed to be in the pump and I do mean a LOT. It's supposed to hold about 13 ounces and I got that and lots more only it wasn't oil that drained out but diluted diesel fuel. It had replaced the oil that was supposed to be in the pump. I called the company that makes all the parts for our Ford Lehman engine and his question was "Is the engine running alright?" "Yes" was my answer. He told me to change the oil after another 20 hours of operation and see how much I got out when I drained it. Then do it again at 30, 40 and 50 hours of operations. Each time, I got just about 13 ounces out so while it had not been serviced in years(about 12) it was still working fine. The company I talked to told me that while 50 hours was just a "guideline", it wasn't written in stone and to simply check it each time I changed it. As of today, it's still putting out the same 13/14 ounces of oil when I drain it. As for getting the oil out of the oil pan at the bottom of the engine, we have to stick a small tube down the dip stick tube and suck it out through there. A real pain in the butt as you don't know where the oil might be in the pan as the engine is slightly tilted towards the back of the boat and sometimes the tube doesn't get all of it out. When we blew the engine in Micronesia, I had the mechanic drill and tap a hole in the oil pan so I could put a drain fitting on it and suck out the oil with an electric pump. Unfortunatly, the mechanic we had hired for the job was an alcoholic and he drilled and tapped the hole in the wrong place so there was no way to hook a hose to it and pump the old oil out. We still have to suck out the old dirty oil out through the dip stick tube and that takes a good bit of time. I sit on the floor slowly moving the tube down the dipstick tube as Tracy pumps the oil extractor trying to get the oil out. Some times I get it right and we hit oil and sometimes I miss it as all we get is air but Tracy has to keep pumping the handle up and down over and over again. At least we started the job early so it wasn't quite as hot in the boat as it would be in the afternoon. We got the job done with enough time to get Puff(our dinghy) into the water and the outboard mounted as we were invited to join a bunch of cruisers for a lunch at one of the local restaurants located in the middle of the estuary. It's a big platform built up on long sticks so it stays out of the water and has a small kitchen(wood fired oven) attached. We all took our dinghies down and tied up to their stairs and once we were all there, the owner came out with a tray of fish and shrimp so we could pick out what type of fish or shrimp we wanted. There were five different fishes for us to choose from(no clue what type of fish they were)and examples of the shrimp(huge). Tracy had some shrimp and I had an entire fish to eat. The cook took all the fish back to the kitchen where fires were started in the old cast iron stove and everything was cooked. I had my fish, plus spanish rice and cheviche/salsa and fried thick tortillas. Add in a couple of beers and a hammock to rest in after the meal was over and it was an enjoyable day out. We returned to the marina after hauling Puff back in the water as the tide had gone down and we all then went up to the pool to spend more time relaxing. Now, we have music for the next several hours. Heaven help us if tomorrow is a noisy as we have been told it will be. A little work and a little play is good for the soul.
It's now Sunday the 31st and the party last night ended before 2330! All was quiet when I went to be shortly thereafter. What a surprise but I doubt that it will be the same tonight.
The picture today is of everyone picking out what they want for dinner.
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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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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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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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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