Coming to you from the USA! Today we had a livestream with Luke Berger, owner of Kraken Structures Synthetic Rigging. We talk about Dyneema, and are showing examples of different ropes available, where they are best used. Also boat building, making money underway, and cruising plans for Zingaro…
We are flying up to the States for a month. James’ brother is getting married and we are going to visit the SPECTRA WATERMAKERS manufacturing facility and show you guys INSIDE and pick up our new watermaker!
We’re going to be in San Diego and San Francisco! So We’d like to schedule meet-ups to meet YOU GUYS, drink a beer with you, and say thanks!
Meet up in SAN DIEGO: Harbor Town Pub in San Diego on the 15th of December at 6 o’clock 1125 Rosecrans Street San Diego, CA 92106
Meet up in SAN FRANCISCO: Bay View Boatclub in San Fransisco on Jan 4th at 6 o’clock 489 Terry A Francois Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94158
Sea Stories, bad advice, good beer. What more can you want. Bring anyone who’s ever dreamed about sailing the oceans… so we can talk them out of it over a cold one. 😉
After cruising up and down the Ecuadorian coast we want to visit Ecuador mainland. James is going to climp Chimborazo (6,267 m) and Kim is going to visit Ecuador’s Amazon Rainforest – one of the most bio diverse places on the planet.
After a lot of work we decided to go back to what we do best: Sailing! In the last few days we found a bunch of great spots on the Ecuadorian coast. We’re very much in love with this part of the world!
Sailing Zingaro | Kim is hoisting the Ecuadorian flag
Just now, James is preparing the fish that he speared at a lonely rock 4nm off the coast. We’re so glad we stopped there! Check our current location!
We decided to ‘work’ our way back up the coast. It is a great ride, because the Humboldt current is carrying us and the wind is in our back. What a change after hundreds of miles of pure beating into the weather!!
We’re not going north only for fun though, we are having a friend do some woodwork for us and we have to organize a new dinghy motor up there. Paddling was a great work-out, but it’s time to extend our range a little on that thing.
Wish You guys all the best!
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Currently we’re in Bahía de Caráquez (Ecuador), taking Zingaro apart! All of a sudden we’ve got quite a bit of space here. We removed the fridge and gave it to the local dockhand. He didn’t have one.
Now we’re going to design a chart table / editing table that fits in right where the fridge was. We have to find a very space-economic design for a desk with an integrated chair. We only have about a meter of space. Any ideas?
Sailing Zingaro | We’re taking our boat apart! All of a sudden we’ve got quite a bit of space here!
No fridge anymore … ?
Seriously, a propane fridge is a horrible idea for a cruising boat. It’s hot (in an already hot place), it’s heavy (extra parts for the propane system), and the #1 reason: it uses an entire 20lb propane tank in 2-3 weeks. Usually on cruising boats a tank of propane lasts 3 months. Plus when you ran out of propane there was no warning, everything just went bad, water all over the floor …
Unfortunately there are no 12v fridges in Ecuador, and a 100% import tax – it would cost around ~$2000 to get one here. Not having refrigeration sucks, but we’ll deal with it. We are happy it’s off the boat!
What we found 130 miles out to sea will shock you. While sailing to the most remote island in Central America, these sailors come across a turtle caught up in a fisherman’s long line. We jump in to help the little guy out.
Join us on our longest journey ever! 1,000nm from Costa Rica to Ecuador via Isla Del Coco …
Dancing, with tears in our eyes… ¡Adios Cartagena! We’re leaving this dirty, cheap & wonderful place. But not without cruising the streets at night one last time.
Of all the places we have been on our journey so far, Cartegena stands out. So much culture offer during the day & the night and so many young people that build up their life just the way we do in Berlin or California, withstanding the troubled past and presence of their country.
When trying to find a place to HAUL OUT on the pacific coast of Central America.
Why? Because I want to copper-epoxy the bottom of the boat. It’s greener (no ablative paint to fall all over the coral), it’s easier to clean (no ablative paint in our skin), it’s stronger (no ablative… you get the picture).
Marina Pez Vela, Costa Rica | (c) Sailing Zingaro
BUT it’s been the biggest PITA! Listen to this BS: