Sailing with Nine of Cups

Vessel Name: Nine of Cups
Vessel Make/Model: Liberty 458
Hailing Port: Denver, Colorado, USA
Crew: Marcie & David
About: We've lived aboard Nine of Cups since 2000 and have managed to accumulate 86,000+ nm under the keel since that time. We completed a circumnavigation in April 2015 and managed to sail around the five great southern capes. Come along with us for the ride!
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Visit our website at www.nineofcups.com for more photos and info about Nine of Cups and her crew. We also have a more extensive blogsite at www.justalittlefurther.com. Are some of our links broken? Links break from time to time. Please let us know which ones are broken and we'll fix them. You [...]
07 July 2016 | Us: East Walpole, MA / Cups: Chesapeake, VA
06 July 2016 | East Walpole, MA
04 July 2016 | East Walpole, MA
02 July 2016 | East Walpole, MA
01 July 2016 | Virginia Beach, Virginia
30 June 2016 | Chesapeake, VA
29 June 2016 | Chesapeake, VA
28 June 2016 | Intracoastal Waterway from St Augustine to Norfolk
27 June 2016 | Intracoastal Waterway from St Augustine to Norfolk
26 June 2016 | Intracoastal Waterway from St Augustine to Norfolk
25 June 2016 | Intracoastal Waterway from St Augustine to Norfolk
24 June 2016 | Intracoastal Waterway from St Augustine to Norfolk
23 June 2016 | Intracoastal Waterway from St Augustine to Norfolk
22 June 2016 | Intracoastal Waterway from St Augustine to Norfolk
21 June 2016 | Intracoastal Waterway from St Augustine to Norfolk
20 June 2016 | Charleston, South Carolina, USA
19 June 2016 | Charleston, South Carolina, USA
18 June 2016 | Intracoastal Waterway from St Augustine to Norfolk
17 June 2016 | Intracoastal Waterway from St Augustine to Norfolk
16 June 2016 | Intracoastal Waterway from St Augustine to Norfolk
Recent Blog Posts
07 July 2016 | Us: East Walpole, MA / Cups: Chesapeake, VA

Taking a breather ...

Since we'll be off the boat during July and August, we plan to post only three times per week. The Captain will continue writing a practical Blue View post each week, we'll keep you up to date on what's happening with us and then throw in some cruising nuggets as well.

06 July 2016 | East Walpole, MA

Keeping fit

We’ve written before about keeping fit on the boat. David is so much better at a regimented exercise program than I am. I have all the best intentions, but I can always think of something better to do than sit-ups, push-ups, leg lifts and running in place. It doesn’t take much to distract me. Walking, [...]

04 July 2016 | East Walpole, MA

Happy 240th Birthday, America

Growing up in New England, I took for granted just how lovely a summer’s morning can be in Massachusetts. It’s comfortably cool and everything smells clean and fresh. Spider webs glisten with morning dew and it’s just great to be alive and breathe in the new day. Being back at Lin’s house conjures up wonderful childhood memories of summer mornings past. And this is not just any morning … it’s the 4th of July, the best holiday of the summertime in the USA.

02 July 2016 | East Walpole, MA

Leaving Cups and a Road Trip

Leaving Nine of Cups is never easy. We know she’ll pout while we’re gone and so we do our best to make sure she’s as comfortable as possible before we leave. We were whirling dervishes trying to get everything ready.

01 July 2016 | Virginia Beach, Virginia

Hunting & Gathering - Virginia Beach

We had lots to do before leaving Cups. David was intent on getting as many chores done in advance of our departure as possible so that once we return in September, we can spend time sailing in the Chesapeake rather than doing repairs and maintenance. Much of what we needed in the way of parts and supplies, [...]

30 June 2016 | Chesapeake, VA

Cups' New Digs - Atlantic Yacht Basin

We had lots of questions and the folks at Atlantic Yacht Basin (AYB) had all the right answers. Yes, they had room for Nine of Cups now until early September and they would make accommodation for her to stay a few months in late autumn till after Christmas as well. Their rates? About half of what we [...]

Happy Easter!

24 April 2011 | Moored in Opua, Bay of Islands, NZ
Marcie
Easter always heralded the arrival of Spring when growing up in the USA. Trees were budding, flowers were sprouting up and it was time to get the garden plowed and ready for planting. The Easter Rabbit came without fail, leaving a basket of chocolate bunnies, marshmallow chicks (yuck!) and sometimes hiding eggs to be collected. Here in New Zealand, it's a long 4-day weekend...Good Friday through Easter Monday... and signals the end of summer and the coming of winter.

The promised rainy weather held off and though a gray day, David was provided a good opportunity to work on the forward hatch. It's coming together nicely although is taking a lot of work...grinding, routing, epoxying...all those manly skills that allow him to use lots of cool tools on deck. This is a trial hatch and if it works out as we hope it will, all the hatches will eventually be replaced. No more wave showers when trying to use the head or sleep on the sea berth.

While David worked on deck, Marcie caught up on e-mails, updated the website, paid bills and then continued to clean and clean and clean. This is one dirty boat! By 4PM, David completed what he could do for the day and we carted two huge sailbags full of yet more dirty clothes to the laundramat. While the five loads of laundry were in the washers, we scooted over and took showers and then, according to plan, met up with "Sequester" at the laundramat to catch up. Only cruisers would find a meeting at a laundramat a reasonable thing to do on an Easter Sunday. The social time certainly made the drying time go by quickly.

Back to the boat with the clean laundry, it was time for our Easter celebration dinner: mashed potatoes, squash and roast chicken. Since we started rather late, it took awhile to get the chicken roasted and the veggies cooked and on the table, so we didn't eat till 8:30pm. We were, however, sipping our "NZ Circumnavigation" champagne all the while we waited, so the time seemed to fly by quickly and spirits were certainly high when we commenced to attacking that roast chicken dinner. Happy Easter to all!

By the way, a website update has been completed with Chatham Island and Pitt Island photos as well as big update to the Antarctic page. Take a look if you have the chance. www.nineofcups.com
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