Zephyr is staying in Pylos Marina for the coming (2) year.
The boat is a very seaworthy classic type of boat, from 1978, and is in strong need for a renovation/facelift.
Fx the electric system has to be redone completely.
But also cabinetery and redecoration will be part of this.
If you are interested in joining me in (part of) this project, you are very welcome.
In periods we will do sailing, in other periods it's mainly renovation.
After staying in Caleta for a while, we leave for Pylos on the first of June.
Now this is a very intersting trip and open for lots of fun and exitement.
After all, we are sailing in the Mediteranean Sea and we pass by lots of interesting islands. I don't plan any stops underway and leave it totally open to the crew. I want to arrive in Pylos at the end of June, unless they find a very good reason to extend the trip and arrive later because we pass by places we absolutely have to visit.
Arriving 'in time' in Pylos is partly defined by the people that want to sail with me in Greece. I may have some appointments. See the calendar.
In Caleta we also have the possibility to have a new crew. The people that sailed with me the trip from Hoorn to Caleta will have gone other places.
My stay in Caleta will be around 1-2 weeks. In that period I want to have certain technical things organized by some people that I know down there. I also want to give a pleasure sail with some friends I have in Spain.
We bought the boat in Antwerp in Belgium and have to bring it to Hoorn in The Netherlands. It will be an exciting trip over the Dutch rivers.
It's so many years ago that I motored/sailed on the Dutch waters. Last time was in the early eighties with Smitan, the ferrocement Colin Archer with which I sailed to Africa and Brasil with my German girlfriend Edith. See my Water Ocean Experience.
This time it will be Ineke, my boat partner and my best friends Anneke and Ton who join in the trip.
Coming back from Greece, I will prepare the boat with filling up with diesel and water.
On the 11th of March we will start and use 3-4 days, quiet and easy, to sail the 140 Nm. Speed is about 5-6 knots and we will have to deal with a number of locks and bridges.
In Hoorn we will do a thorough cleaning of the boat and go through all the items that are in the lockers. Some of the old equipment will be taken out and new (2nd hand) will be installed.
All together a preparation for the next trip from Hoorn to Caleta de Velez in Spain.
15th of May (if weather permits) we leave for IJmuiden with a nice crew. I found 3 people to join me in this escapade.
The first 2-3 days are used on the Markermeer (maybe IJsselmeer) to give the crew the possibility to get to know the boat.
After that the course is set for Amsterdam and IJmuiden where we will stay the night over, in Seaport Marina.
After breakfast is cleaned up, Zephyr motors out and hits the salty water of the North Sea, heading for the warmer region of the Mediterranean. Total length of the voyage is about 1.500Nm.
Falmouth and Leixoes Marina is the goal (both depending on circumstances). We stay there 1-2 days to have the posibility to visit the area.
Well rest and slept we continue to Caleta with a small celebration on the route.
Even though alcohol is a no-go on board of Zephyr while sailing, one glass is emptied when passing the most western cape of Europe, Cabo da Roca, Portugal.
We expect to arrive in Caleta de Velez around 2 weeks after departure in IJmuiden.
Thrilled and excited we (Ineke and me) drove to Antwerp on Saturday the 29thy of November.
The day before I had arrived from Greece where I was overwintering and where I read about this boat.
After we arrived and found Zephyr I got a good feeling: this was the type of boat I was looking for, the motorsailer that would allow me to live on and explore (some of) the 7 seas.
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