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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 built in France (Click here to see some factory pictures taken during construction). She was commisioned in Annapolis, MD and shown at the 2011 boat show (abk video here) and then sailed to the warm waters of 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.

Subsequently 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 challenging route past the great Capes of the world, I'm not that much of an adventurer and have no wish to tackle those formidable waters alone on my boat; I'm taking the simpler path 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.)

Waiting for the hurricane season to end. The blog is still accessible below!

Rusted tool prior to Spotless StainlessThese two tools were left dirty with salt water and were very corroded and dirty. Here they have been surface cleaned in preparation for treatment by Spotless Stainless. I hope to bring them back to a usable state.
(2012-01-10 12:08:16 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-105.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/10.0, 1/20s] ISO 100)
Rusted tool prior to Spotless Stainless
Sunset at SMYCSunset at SMYC
(2014-02-17 17:54:08 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/14.0, 1/60s] ISO 100)
Sunset at SMYC
Cockpit table fixup - finished productThe cockpit table has been looking rather ratty for a while so I finally attacked the sanding project. As expeced, setting things up by removing the fitting and later putting them back on took longer than the actual sanding. I had nothing rougher than 180 grit so it took a while, but the result was well worth the effort.
(2014-03-03 15:25:35 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/11.0, 1/60s] ISO 100)
Cockpit table fixup - finished product
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
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