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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 (factory pictures here) and commissioned in Annapolis, MD for the 2011 boat show (video here) and subsequently sailed to the warm waters of Caribbean from the very cold early December weather in the USA. The previous Zanshin I (a Jeanneau 49DS) is in new hands and is cruising the Caribbean after having been re-christened.

Since then, Zanshin has taken me comfortably up and down the island chain, single-handing. I am awaiting the right point in time to go through the Panama Canal and head into the Pacific; but that takes a long time and I'm still happy with alternating life aboard with life on land. While I still intend on doing my circumnavigation, I am enjoying the time in the Caribbean so much that I keep on deliberately missing the annual weather window to the South Pacific so that I can sail the Caribbean for one more season.

I'm not adventurous enough to sail the challenging route in the high latitudes going the great Capes of the world, I have no desire to tackle those formidable waters alone on my boat. I'm taking the simpler path through the man-made 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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Dyneema lifeline installationI'm using the calm weather to remove the old encapsulated steel lifelines and replacing them with Dyneema lines that I'd spliced together. The new lines are much stronger and lighter than steel, plus they don't rust.
Dyneema lifeline installation
SpliceworkI can't recall what I spliced this line for. Doing this type of splicing and whipping is therapeutic for me, I enjoy doing it while have a cold one during the dusk hours - sitting on the back of the boat and soaking up the last ray and heat of the day.
[18°7'22.18"N 62°59'12.58"W ]
Oh really?Hmm, this must have been written at the behest of American lawyers who worried that someone might not be able to tell the this dock has some slight structural deficiencies and hurt themselves.
[17°0'30.48"N 61°45'56.19"W (facing N)]
Oh really?
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