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.

05 January 2019 | Aurora
07 December 2018 | Aurora, Colorado
03 December 2018 | Aurora
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
11 September 2018 | Aurora, Colorado
03 September 2018 | Aurora, Colorado
30 August 2018 | Aurora, Colorado
21 August 2018 | Aurora, Colorado
17 August 2018 | Aurora, Colorado
16 August 2018 | Aurora, Colorado
15 August 2018 | Aurora, Colorado

Jobs continue.

06 August 2018 | Aurora, Colorado
Bill/sunny and warm
Last Monday, I tackled the posts on the front porch. As you can see from the picture, much of the boards suffered from rot and needed replacing. This tim, instead of using fiberboard that absorbs water and wood that rots, we used a plastic like material. It’s the same thing we used when we replaced all the facia boards a few years ago. I pulled off the old boards on both post and started in. Each board that surrounds the post had to be cut so that they fit well around the post. As my table saw is down in the basement, I was up and down the stairs many times till I got each board cut so it was a nice tight fit. With the flat boards cut, I filled in the gap between the boards and the posts so no water could migrate behind them. As it was about to rain again, I stopped till the next day when I did the cove top moulding that tops the flat boards. I have another saw in the garage that’s made to cut the 45degree cuts necessary for this moulding to also,surround the posts. Since I didn’t have to go up and down the stairs, it was a much easier and faster job. I again topped each of the new boards with caulk to keep the water out. I filled each of the nail holes with caulk and waited for it to dry. What I didn’t realize was that the caulk would shrink and leave divots in the wood. On Wednesday, I took some spackle and filled each of the holes and started over. Out came the sandpaper to smooth the surface and I painted everything on Thursday. Second coat went on on Friday. Now they look much better and aren’t an embarrassment when a person comes to visit.
The tomatoes we planted a few weeks ago in planters on the deck are growing well and me make sure to cover them if a hail storm threatens. We should have some nice fresh tomatoes in a few weeks. The jalapeño plants are far behind so it’s going to be a while before they produce.
As for our wood floors that are getting ripped out, replaced and refinished, the man that seals the room where it’s being done showed up this morning. Tracy and I took some time on Saturday and Sunday and took everything out of the rooms that are getting done. The refinishing company was going to charge us over $500 for “content migration! We knew we could do it ourselves and saved us something money plus it gave us time to see what we had in the closet so more thing could go to Good Will. Now our dining table and chairs is in the living room where we can still use it. We also ground the microwave with us so we are not totally handicapped by the renovation. With the kitchen and dining area pretty well closed, our insurance company is going to pay for us to eat out till the job is done. Now there is a proviso attached that we had to guess how much we spent on food that we would make in the house and they will cover everything above that. We figured about $50 a week would cover it as we don’t eat that much as far as expensive food goes. This project is slated to last for the next two weeks but I’m figuring more as the workers don’t show up to do the actual wood work till Friday. We had a nice lunch at Qdoba today. First time we’ve eaten there in a long time. We collected numerous coupons for different restaurants so the bill for the insurance company won’t be bad. They’ve taken good care of us and there is no reason to gouge them on this.
We also think we can save some money on the job by removing and taping off the floor registers as each was slated to cost over $5.00 to simply take them out of where they are placed. 4 times $5.00 adds up. We’re also planning on doing the final cleanup once they are gone to save even more money. As the insurance company has already sent them a check for the job, I expect with us doing some of the work, we will be getting some money back and certainly cover our $500 deductible.
This morning, as we drove around town, we kept hearing clunks from under the car. Turns out the muffler is shot and needs replacing. Our problem is that our car is 23 years old and that muffler isn’t an easy to get product. Midas could do it for over $650! When I told him it was too much, he made some calls and found us one that needs to be shipped in but will only cost us just over $400. It might take five days to get here but for a $200 savings, I’m happy to wait and the car sounds nice and racy they was it is. Vroom!
The kids are patrolling the now taped off section of the house and we’ll have to move their feeding area and cat pan area while the rest of the work is done next week.
Who would have thought coming home could be so much fun?
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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