Zanshin sailing off Nevis Sailing 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

Finally the full refit of Zanshin is finished and it is time for these web pages to once again be filled with a bit of life. After a lengthy refit after the ravages of hurricane Irma, Zanshin is finally back in the Caribbean and ready for further adventures.

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“Zanshin” is a Jeanneau 57 model sailboat; with 57 feet (17m) there's a lot of room aboard for supplies as well as for people. She was built at the Jeanneau factory outside of Nantes in France, then shipped to Annapolis, MD in the USA where she was commissioned and from there I sailed down to the Caribbean, where Zanshin has been ever since.
Since then I've been sailing up and down the Caribbean island chain exploring the various islands for extended periods. I'm planning on going through the Panama Canal and heading into the Pacific for the long journey across the Pacific. Since the “barefoot route” around the world uses the warm tradewinds that blow to the west it means that heading back east is difficult and uncomfortable. Thus, once past Panama there's no going back and I'm enjoying my time in the Caribbean so much that I'm loathe to leave.
Since I single-hand Zanshin I like to avoid weather and seas as much as possible, which means that I'm most likely not going to sail the challenging route in the high latitudes going past the great Capes of the world - I'll use the man-made canals to shorten the journey.
This site has grown over the years and contains a mix of dated and new material, from manuals and technical details to stories and my daily blog. The blog is in actuality something of a daily dairy and I always post several pictures daily along with a brief description of my adventures (or lack thereof) each day.

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)


Random Site pictures

Shiny solar panels The flexible Solbian panels have just been cleaned and given a protective coat before being Velcro'd to the dodger.
(2015-03-21 15:46:57 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/16.0, 1/50s] ISO 100)
Shiny solar panels
Napua on Prickly Pear Napua and I headed to the far side of Prickly pear and were alone on this beach.

[18°30'23.69"N 64°21'54.77"W (facing NW)]
Napua on Prickly Pear
School of Sergeant Majors School of Sergeant Majors
(2015-02-19 10:59:16 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/5.6, 1/125s] ISO 200)
School of Sergeant Majors
Snow White III finishing Snow White III finishing
(2017-05-02 14:05:37 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/6.0, 1/320s] ISO 100)
Snow White III finishing
Cruising yachts an Nanny Cay Various and sundry cruising yachts at Nanny Cay in the BVI. This is "B" dock, where the longer-term guests stay, while "A" dock is for transients and very big yachts.

[18°23'52.12"N 64°38'7.62"W (facing NW)]
Cruising yachts an Nanny Cay
Ti Kanot Chris Doyle's Ti Kanot, a self-built catamaran. Chris came over one evening for dinner and movie with Lauren and Rob from Arita.

[17°14'57.81"N 62°39'27.52"W (facing E)]
Ti Kanot
Heineken Regatta 2014 - Committee Boat Heineken Regatta 2014 - Committee Boat
(2014-03-07 10:41:38 NIKON D7100 with a "70.0-300.0 mm f/4.5-5.6" lens. [f/13.0, 1/200s] ISO 100)
Heineken Regatta 2014 - Committee Boat
Chartplotter view while sailing Life is so much easier with a chartplotter showing the exact location and surroundings - especially when the radar and AIS are turned on (there is no radar overlay on this chart at the moment as it is bright and clear daylight with few ships around)
(2012-02-19 12:31:09 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.0, 1/100s] ISO 100 Focus 0.50m)
[18°6'48.48"N 63°0'3.95"W ]
Chartplotter view while sailing
Inflating a 8-person raft Demonstrating the deployment of a Viking 8-person liferaft in the pool
(2014-11-22 04:50:50 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/3.5, 1/60s] ISO 250)
Inflating a 8-person raft
Baking Bread 09 of 15 - Sticky dough The dough had risen nicely, but it was awfully sticky and hard to put into the form. This is part of a 15 part photo essay of me (a mediocre cook, at best) making and baking bread aboard Zanshin on a day when constant showers kept me from going ashore to buy some.
(2014-02-03 14:05:47 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/3.5, 1/100s] ISO 100)
Baking Bread 09 of 15 - Sticky dough
Commissioning the oven and hob Installation of the new electric oven on Zanshin during the comminssioning process.
Commissioning the oven and hob
Pineapple Pete's St. Martin Pineapple Pete's St. Martin

[18°1'50.12"N 63°5'12.78"W (facing NE)]
Pineapple Pete's St. Martin
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