13 June 2014 | East Walpole, MA, USA
12 June 2014 | East Walpole, MA, USA
11 June 2014 | Marcie: Boston, USA - David & Cups: Barstow, CA, USA
10 June 2014 | Marcie: Boston, USA - David: en route
09 June 2014 | MOFSC, Mandurah, Western Australia
08 June 2014 | MOFSC, Mandurah, Western Australia
07 June 2014 | MOFSC, Mandurah, Western Australia
06 June 2014 | Marcie: Boston, USA - David & Cups: Mandurah, WA
05 June 2014 | MOFSC, Mandurah, Western Australia
04 June 2014 | MOFSC, Mandurah, Western Australia
03 June 2014 | MOFSC, Mandurah, Western Australia
02 June 2014 | MOFSC, Mandurah, Western Australia
01 June 2014 | MOFSC, Mandurah, Western Australia
31 May 2014 | MOFSC, Mandurah, Western Australia
30 May 2014 | Walpole, Massachusetts, USA
29 May 2014 | Marcie: Boston, USA - David & Cups: Mandurah, WA
28 May 2014 | MOFSC, Mandurah, Western Australia
27 May 2014 | MOFSC, Mandurah, Western Australia
26 May 2014 | MOFSC, Mandurah, Western Australia
25 May 2014 | MOFSC, Mandurah, Western Australia
Growing old-er ... aren't we all?
02 May 2016 | Chaguaramas, Trinidad
We’ve recently noticed that some people tend to treat us differently than in the past. I look in the mirror and, yeah, there are always a few more lines and wrinkles. If it weren’t for Miss Clairol, I’d be gray. Gravity has taken its toll on my body … some parts sag instead of being perky. David looks the same to me as he did 30+ years ago, although I guess his hair is white now and a bit sparse on top. But still I wonder exactly when we started looking like we were feeble and stupid? How come some folks insist on calling us “hon” and “sweetie”? I really hate that familiarity from strangers. It should be reserved for family and children. Did we treat older people this way when we were younger? Did we automatically assume that anyone over age 60 was senile and incapable of intelligent thought or decisions or providing sound advice from years of experience?
Read our thoughts on growing older and see if you agree. JustALittleFurther.com
Anti-fouling Our Big-Bottomed Girl
01 May 2016 | Chaguaramas, Trinidad
I never appreciate how big Nine of Cups is until I start painting her bottom. With a modified full keel, our 45′ (14m) girl has a big, big bottom ... a lot of area to cover with anti-fouling paint. Painting the bottom has become my job ... mostly because it seems I do little else aboard plus I can't screw it up very much. It's pretty mindless work ... right up my alley.
I can use some help. Put on your painting clothes and head on over to JustALittleFurther.com
Blue View - Replacing a Seacock
30 April 2016 | Chaguaramas, Trinidad
Nine of Cups has 16 thru-hulls – holes in her bottom. A couple of these are for depth and speed transducers, but 14 are used to allow water into or out of the boat. For example, one is used as an engine cooling water intake, another is connected to the galley sink drain, another serves as the water intake for our desalinator, and so on. Since it could be a real disaster if a hose connected to one of these thru-hulls broke or came loose, each of the 14 thru-hulls is fitted with a shut-off valve – or seacock in sailor’s parlance. As part of our annual haul-out chores, we check, lube and exercise each seacock, and examine all the hoses and hose clamps.
One seacock needed replacing ... read about the process at JustALittleFurther.com
Cups Gets Her Groove Back ... and Her Name
29 April 2016 | Chaguaramas, Trinidad
For several months now, Nine of Cups has been nameless. David removed the carved mahogany nameboards from her bow before we left for the USA. When the paint job began, her name was removed from the stern and she was a boat without a name. When we gave anyone directions to our boat, we said she was located north of the office, on the left, between whatever boats were our neighbors at the time. Poor girl!
We've corrected this situation and she's quite happy. Read more at JustALittleFurther.com
A severe reprimand and an open apology
28 April 2016 | Chaguaramas, Trinidad
A disturbing incident occurred the other day and I thought I’d share it with you. I was frustrated with one of our vendors. I didn’t think he was being very responsive and dealing with him ended up being quite inconvenient for us. Having owned our own small business for many years and having dealt with customers and their demands, I was disappointed in his level of customer service. When I called, the man with whom I’d been dealing was out. I talked instead with his partner and made my displeasure known. I do not think I was especially rude. I didn’t raise my voice, but I did get my point across.
Well, she must have given her partner an earful because that evening I received a scathing e-mail from him in which he proceeded to call me all sorts of nasty names which included, but were not limited to, boastful, condescending, snide and a bully. He said I had upset his partner tremendously and then listed all of my transgressions. He demanded (yes, demanded) an immediate apology to his partner.
Read on at JustALittleFurther.com
Annual Ditch Bag/Safety Inspection
27 April 2016 | Chaguaramas, Trinidad
I’ve heard them referred to as ditch bags, overboard bags, abandon-ship bags and grab bags. Whatever you call them, it’s that time of year again. Annually, it’s my job to complete the ditch bag/safety equipment inspections aboard Nine of Cups. I’ve blogged about this in the past, but I thought it might be a good reminder if you haven’t done it in awhile that this might be a good time to consider doing it. It’s one of those things that tends to slip your mind unless you have it on your calendar or pre-passage checklist.
Help me inspect the ditch bag and get a copy of our checklist if you're interested.
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