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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Sometimes it's what you don't know that you know that can screw your day.

17 May 2018 | Isla Mitlan
Bill
Early today, we made the decision to move from La Gringa to Isla Mitlan, about four miles away. It was blowing quite well in La Gringa with gusts into the mid 20 knot range which isn't that bad but the swells were running from the southwest right into where we were anchored with about a 2+ foot height making it quite rollie. When Zephyr was built, they put the pipe that the anchor chain comes through at the windlass so far forward that it has to be raked backwards into the depths of where the chain has to go. I do it every 30 feet so it doesn't stack up and fall over on itself. A pain but a necessary pain. Today, as we were getting ready to leave, the old boat hook that the last owner had used for this job broke. Now it had broken before but not as we were pulling up the anchor in 25 knot winds. I had to pull in extra chain just to get at the end of the hook. Once retrieved, we headed for Mitlan. It was still blowing from the southwest so it would give us nice protection. We pulled in and dropped in the south area called Bahia Las Rocas, just south of Mitlan. It was fine till we had lunch when the winds switched to out of a more western direction along with the swell. As we pulled up our anchor chain to move to a better protected place, I had Tracy put the engine in forward and nothing happened!!! WTF , we were going no where. I let out more chain so the anchor wouldn't come loose and rushed below. I yanked up the floor boards so I could see the prop shaft. It was slowly rotating as Tracy gunned the engine. I yanked open the engine room door to make sure that when she put it in gear, it actually went into gear. I watched as the transmission spun nicely. I pulled up the floor boards over the shaft coupling and found the transmission doing it's job but where it couples to the shaft, I watched as the shaft just sat there as the coupling joint turned nicely. The screws we had tightened when we reattached the shaft to the transmission when we replaced the cutlass bearing had all come loose. We'd tightened them but as the engine got used and it's been used a lot since Panama, they had worked themselves loose. I, of course, had visions of a failed transmission, miles from any where we could get help. I get in a panic mode and always think the worst before looking at what is actually wrong. Always been a problem with me. With the chain let back out and resnubbed, I took a large allen wrench and worked my way around the fitting that wraps around the shaft tightening all 8 screws as hard as I could. With that being done, I returned to the bow and started pulling up the anchor again and off we went to a more protected anchorage. It's still blowing in the low 20 knot range but the swell is less and as the sun goes down, both the swell and winds should slowly tapper off if it does what it has done for weeks.
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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.
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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
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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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Our trip around the north end of Borneo
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Our trip around Malaysia starting at Tawau.
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Our trip from Tawau around the top of Borneo down to Brunei.
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Getting Zephyr ready to go.
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My three days getting not only knowledge and some self confidence but nice and dirty.
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Heading South from Escondido.
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An old salt factory.
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Our continuing adventure as we head North farther up the Sea Of Cortez.
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Our visit to the famous "Mushroom Rock" bay.
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Art and statues along the waterfront as you walk through downtown La Paz, Mexico
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Still heading South but now in Cabo San Lucas
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Making our way South along the coast of Mexico
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