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

Tarnished and unsightly gears Corrosion is evident on the stainless steel and bronze gears
(2021-08-25 14:29:44 NIKON D850 with a "24.0-70.0 mm f/2.8" lens. [f/2.8, 1/400s] ISO 64)
Tarnished and unsightly gears
Actual offices in Nelson's Dockyard Nelson's Dockyard is a museum, but it is also still a working yard with actual sailmakers and chandlers plus dockage and this office to clear into and out of the country. I am sure that many tourists mistakenly walk in and think that this is part of the museum.
(2014-05-04 11:23:49 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/8.0, 1/100s] ISO 100)
Actual offices in Nelson's Dockyard
Kuankun Kuankun racing to the finish
(2013-04-28 13:32:31 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.6, 1/500s] ISO 100 Focus ∞)
[17°0'0.86"N 61°46'42.84"W ]
Kuankun
Iles des Saintes windward cliff Cliffs on the windward side of les Iles des Saintes
(2016-05-10 11:18:18 NIKON D7100 [f/5.6, 1/500s] ISO 100)
Iles des Saintes windward cliff
Le Bernin Le Bernin
(2017-05-05 12:41:37 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/4.5, 1/640s] ISO 100)
Le Bernin
Gladius weighing anchorg The megayacht Gladius departing Deshaies, slowly motoring forward while lifting the anchor.
(2014-04-21 09:20:44 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/6.0, 1/60s] ISO 100)
Gladius weighing anchorg
High Tension High Tension
(2011-04-30 11:43:15 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.6, 1/400s] ISO 100 Focus ∞)
[17°0'0.56"N 61°46'37.13"W ]
High Tension
Mahler finishing Mahler finishing
(2017-05-01 13:54:59 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/5.3, 1/320s] ISO 100)
Mahler finishing
Tintamarre airport engine An old airplane engine at the Tintamarre ex-airport. All the brushes are on what used to be the runway, taxiways and parking area.
(2012-03-13 11:28:27 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/7.1, 1/200s] ISO 100 Focus 2.66m)
[18°7'0.53"N 62°59'7.3"W (facing E)]
Tintamarre airport engine

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Michael Beans inaugural show at Leverick Bay Michael Beans inaugural show at Leverick Bay
Michael Beans inaugural show at Leverick Bay
Skytem rig in the sky I'd see a helicopter trailing this rig from a distance in the Iles des Saintes and thought it was some sort of fishing rig, but with the help of the internet discovered it is an electromagnetic subsurface scanning array from Skytem and it is part a government survey project.
(2013-04-25 10:20:22 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.6, 1/500s] ISO 100 Focus ∞)
[16°18'29.42"N 61°47'57.16"W (facing SW)]
Skytem rig in the sky
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