Ray Prendergast

Charlie, Yoh and Ray
Charlie, Yoh and Ray

My dear friend Ray, I’m sorry I replied you many times but the emails were returned. So I post here as you may have a chance to see. Please reply me.I’m so happy to have your email here! I often remembered that you invited me a dinner at home. I met Rob there.
I knew I made the circumnavigation because of You, Lynn, Charlie, Suzanne and other friends who helped me and encouraged me.
I feel very sorry to see your wife  Lynn and Charlie, Suzanne are past away. I didn’t know that.
So you are now 88 years old and still flirting  with learning to soar in a glider.
Yes I really would like you to send me the letters after share them with Rob.
May I visit you when I come to San Francisco next time? I went to Oakland and Alameda this April when I attended a boat show at Jack London Square.

Please take care of yourself.


French set sail to Japan

Our former US manager French has set sail from Alameda in the Bay area to Japan with his wife Chie-san in a 31 foot catamaran Zen. French’s first leg will be down south to Mexico. Enjoy his Facebook here.

Kimi is French’s successor as the US manager of Zenboats. Please feel free to contact with him at 669 777 8011.


The Zen 24 advanced model with an outboad motor

Zen24 demo boat for sale $17,000.

Zen 24 demo boat  is now for sale. Contact Nagayama at 650-793-4266 California or send an email.

Class Sails
Category Cruiser Sail
Year 2008
Make Aoki Yachts
Length 24′
Propulsion Type SINGLE INBOARD
Fuel Type Electric 48V
Engine model Thoosa 6000
Hull #  JP-UA124014E808
Spec detail Click here
Location Dry dock at Alameda marina, CA
Equipment Main sail, Furling jib, Folding propeller, 4 solar panels 40W*4,  4 *120A deep cycle batteries,
Navigation lights, Steering compass, Upholstery,
Trailer is seperately sold $3,500.

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Zen24: Sail magazine, review

It is the day after the big boat show in Annapolis Maryland. Sail magazine had scheduled a Sail with us on the bay. We are here at the Chesapeake Bay and conditions were prefect. It had been raining and cold the last few days, so this was a taken as a gift from the Universe. The day was sunny, comfortably warm and moderate winds in the 11- 15 knot range. Light by the S.F. Bay standards, where the Zen24 has been sailing lately. No reef was needed today, this would give the Zen24 chance to show how she does under normal sailing conditions. The writer had already seen pictures her sailing under the pressure of San Francisco.



We got underway without issue and motored out of the marina and enjoyed the quiet view of some of the other show boats out doing maneuvers and the locals still at dock. Once out of the marina the ZenMotor was turned up a little, to show some speed and make some faster time out to open waters. Once cleared sails were raised and the ZenBoat leaped forward and quickly found a groove. It was as if she also had missed being on the water with the winds beneath her wings. Yeah, there is the groove exclaimed the writer!



After we had gotten things under way, the writer was invited to take the helm. We sailed back and both for a while the writer was impress with the nimbleness of the ZenBoat. She was quick to respond to command or wind. He noted that we kept up with a larger boat that we had come out of the marina with and was impressed with our speed.



After we had sail for a while we came across his partner on another boat. The plan was they were to film each other under sail. The other boat was a fast sloop about 26 ft. We mixed back, and along side of her, before slipping behind her to finish the photos. Then it was our turn, sails were trimmed for close reach and we leaned into the water and lifted in the wind. It was like growing wings as we pulled ahead.


Once done with our speed run it was asked what was the blue boat’s speed keeping up with us. We were told 7 Kts over land.

We turned and head back after a few pleasantries and jokes were exchanged. Everyone was pleased with the run.

The written once back in the marina under power put the ZenBoat through some drills, stopping, backing, turning, thrusting.

He was smiling with the pleasure of being impressed and a great afternoon sail. As the clouds darken with the change of weather settling on the day, we docked and prepared the ZenBoat for her trip back to Alameda.