We had a very rough ride from Jamaica to Colombia. We were in a hurry leaving the hurricane zone (it was June already!!!) and almost flipped the boat on the way. Holy Moly, that was not fun.
Looks like the third time is the charm! The improved Zingaro is finally leaving the Cayman Islands. The ride to Jamaica started out very pleasantly, until we got smashed by a wave that killed all our electronics. I don’t think there is ever going to be a longer passage without a major drama …
This episode is about our second attempt to sail to Jamaica and about our second failure. Building a rudder on the beach and other fun stuff to do in Cayman Brac (the most expensive place Zingaro has been so far).
When we arrived in Cayman Brac, James knew exactly what to do. By then he was an experienced rudder-builder, You could say. He got his angle grinder out and got to work immediately. And even on this little island, we were able to find a hardware store. YES!
The last glimpse of the Caribbean Sea for a while. See you again after the circumnavigation, muchachos!
It seems as if there was no end to possible destinations and routes right now. We are trying to keep calm and make plans on where to go next, but so far everything seems like a good idea. We are overwhelmed, You could say.
Ahoy James & Kim
A lot of people have asked for it, so here it is! Boat tour time! This one will be a bit different than most, as I’ve already given a tour of the layout. If you haven’t seen the first walkthrough, please click here …
If you HAVE seen the boat, Kim and I put this together. A hilarious look at life on our home-built sailboat after 9,500 miles of cruising the world! We’ve fixed a TON of stuff, and there’s a lot left to do, but this is a funny look at the repercussions of sailing around the world. 😉
Hope you all like!
About attacking monkeys & a tacking sailboat – another LVB Episode in Puerto Lindo (Panama). It feels as if we had spent years here! The place is pretty, but it really is a blackhole that sucks in cruisers’ dreams for breakfast. We met so many people that got stranded here and so many boats found there final destination with Puerto Lindo.
Back to the topic: This episode is about sailing. Surprise, surprise! Join us while we sail off anchor with our catamaran! Continue reading
Getting measured for the Canal on Saturday, February 10th!
We’re busy filling out forms, and borrowing other people’s cell phones to make the arrangements for the canal without an agent (livin la vida broka isn’t a joke). Looks like it’ll cost us right around $2045. The agent quoted me $2900 …
I’ll be putting out a Livin la Vida Broka (LVB) video on the cheapest way to get through the canal. 😉
We lost our rudder off the coast of the Cayman Islands, so Captain James had to build another. Working in a shed, surrounded by roosters, rastas, and rain, we were actually able to finish everything and sail to Jamaica!
A HUGE thank you to our Caymanian friends! We loved it there, thank you guys for everything. Special thanks to the Hyde Family. Thanks for taking in a couple stays.
James & Kim
S/v Zingaro makes it to Cayman Islands, and we take it easy with a little kiteboarding and diving. The Kittiwake was a really cool wreck to dive, and Kimmi’s first freedive! She did amazing! Little fish. After that’s all over we realize we’ve got a little problem …
If you like the how-to vids here’s a really fast walkthrough of a month in the boatyard to repair my bottom.
We fixed the damaged spots, rebuilt the daggerboards, and generally refit the boat. It was a ton of work, everyday 10-12 hours. I lived in the yard during this whole operation. But she’s ready to go! Also, a suprise paint-job!
Let me know what you think!
So I broke two of the biggest pieces of my boat … Here’s how I fixed them. In this video you’ll learn the method I used to rebuild my broken daggerboards. Even if you don’t have daggerboards, you can use this to fix rudders, centerboards, and the like.
This is the culmination of two weeks of solid work, 12 hour days. Tons of work, but man, I learned so much.
Months of joy and moments of horror… Grounding the boat, losing both rudders, ripping the sails… It certainly was not an easy trip so far. But the rewards I got were incredible: freediving the kittiwake in the Cayman Islands, seeing the sun set over the mountains in Jamaica, cruising the Colombian coast and, of course, the San Blas Islands, Panama!
A look at the REAL Cuba! We sail overnight, go to the markets in Havana, get a guided tour around Old Havana, Hotel Nacional, dinner with the mayor, and see the crew off onto their next adventure.
This is an in-depth video on how I installed my 300W solar system. I’m not advocating any particular vendor, just using what worked best for me. This keeps up with everything I need electricity-wise on my 38′ catamaran “Zingaro”. Charger: http://www.midnitesolar.com/pages/kid… Panels: http://www.hqsolarpower.com/HQST-100-… Let me know if this helps you out, I’d love to hear of your success! Also, if you’d like help with anything,a I’d be happy to lend a hand. 🙂
Welcome to s/v Zingaro! This is an intro video, explaining what the channel is about. I will be putting out tons of new content very soon! I know the videos aren’t the best, I’m a mechanic, and video editing isn’t my strong suit. 😉 But I’m learning!!
I thought I’d let some things fall out of my head and splatter unceremoniously into this blog. After a month I’m almost done with the refit. I took 6 days off, that makes 28 working-days I’ve been at this. I figure I’ve got another two weeks left before I cast off. Continue reading
Ok. 8-12 hour working days, plus cleanup, cooking, research, purchasing refit items, and editing video and I’m seriously exhausted. It’s a good exhausted. It’s a “I’m following my dreams” exhausted. I swear to you I’ve never worked so hard in my life (and I take pride in my work ethic). Here’s a rundown of what’s happening … Continue reading
Quick walkthrough three weeks into refit. She’s pretty trashed inside now, but necessary. Her deck is all cut up, everything is taken apart. Should give you a good idea what’s involved with purchasing and outfitting a boat for long distance cruising.
Happy to be complete with my first project on the boat – installing brand new Lewmar 50ST winches. Not only functionally superior, these are a pair of sexy ladies! Plus they match the halyard winches on the cabin top. Sweet. Continue reading