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Zanshin sailing off NevisSailing from St. Kitts to Nevis, the crew on Katzenellenbogen caught this picture of me sailing with the single volcanic hill on Nevis in the background.
Zanshin sailing off Nevis
Anchored off Ile FourchueZanshin at a mooring in the single anchorage of the uninhabited island Ile Fourchue which is part of St. Barths.
[17°57'18.42"N 62°54'24.52"W (facing E)]
Anchored off Ile Fourchue

Zanshin is a Jeanneau 57 yacht and the second to bear the same name. She was built in France (Click here to see some pictures of the factory and Zanshin during construction). She was commisioned in Annapolis, shown at the 2011 boat show (abk video here and then sailed to the Caribbean in (very cold) early December. The previous Zanshin I (a Jeanneau 49DS) is in new hands and is cruising the Caribbean after having been re-christened.

Subquently Zanshin has comfortably taken me up and down the island chain, mostly single-handing, while I await the right point in time to go through the Ditch and head into the Pacific. While circumnavigation remains my goal and intent I am enjoying the time in the Caribbean so much that I keep on missing the annual weather window to the South Pacific.

Not for me is the route past the challenging great Capes of the world, I'm not that much of an adventurer to wish to tackle those alone on my boat; I'm taking the simpler route through the pre-built canals and staying in warmer climes, this route is not called the “barefoot route” without reason.

Please enjoy browsing the site and, for those who find themselves sailing in unknown waters:


“Immer eine Handbreit Wasser unter dem Kiel.”
(May there always be a handsbreadth of water beneath your keel.)

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Impeller removal woesAfter getting the lid of the impeller removed (not the easiest of tasks) I had to work hard at getting the rubber impeller pulled out without damaging any of the rubber gasket or metal. I didn't have a pulling tool and used this picture to get an idea of how I could grab and remove it.
Impeller removal woes
Michael Beans inaugural show at Leverick BayMichael Beans inaugural show at Leverick Bay
[18°29'51.49"N 64°23'11"W ]
Michael Beans inaugural show at Leverick Bay
Cleaner shrimp and MorayThe shrimp had finished cleaning the Moray and was soliciting custom again.
[18°7'3.79"N 63°3'24.85"W ]
Cleaner shrimp and Moray
Sergeant Majors patrolling the reefA school of Sergeant Majors patrolling around the reef.
(2014-02-05 16:14:56 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/5.6, 1/160s] ISO 100)
Sergeant Majors patrolling the reef
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