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!
Visit our website at for more photos and info about Nine of Cups and her crew. We also have a more extensive blogsite at 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 [...]
26 May 2016 | En route Culebra, PR - St. Augustine-FL
25 May 2016 | En route Culebra, PR - St. Augustine-FL
24 May 2016 | En route Culebra, PR - St. Augustine-FL
23 May 2016 | Culebra, Puerto Rico
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14 May 2016 | En route to Puerto Rico
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12 May 2016 | Chaguaramas, Trinidad
11 May 2016 | En route to Puerto Rico
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Recent Blog Posts
26 May 2016 | En route Culebra, PR - St. Augustine-FL

Culebra to St. Augustine - Days 4-6

Day 4 – 675 nm to go

25 May 2016 | En route Culebra, PR - St. Augustine-FL

About the Bermuda Triangle

We’ll be entering the Bermuda Triangle soon, on our way north to the USA. Just Google “Bermuda Triangle” and you get over 3 million hits. I had to research carefully, because if we believed all the fantastic stories written about occurrences in this area, we’d never sail there. Check out some interesting facts about the Bermuda Triangle at

24 May 2016 | En route Culebra, PR - St. Augustine-FL

Culebra to St Augustine - Days 1 -3

Once again, it was a flurry of activity as we prepared to up-anchor and head out from Culebra to St Augustine. We woke with the dawn, checked the weather again, and after a cuppa and a few more checks, we were off across Ensenada Honda on an overcast morning and heading back into the Caribbean Sea. We’d [...]

23 May 2016 | Culebra, Puerto Rico

Heading to St. Augustine

I know, I know … we were supposed to head over to San Juan for a few days and hang out, but surprise! We’ve changed our minds. We’re looking at the calendar, feeling pressed to be moving north more quickly than we’d prefer, but hurricane season is soon upon us and the further north we are, the [...]

22 May 2016 | Culebra, Puerto Rico

Tarpons, Seagulls and Cold Beer

Despite all the very appealing local restaurants we’ve seen, we really haven’t eaten out at all since we arrived in Culebra. Each morning we agree “Let’s have dinner out tonight” and every evening, it’s “Feel like going in to shore for dinner or shall we just make something aboard and watch [...]

21 May 2016 | Culebra, Puerto Rico

Blue View - Patching the Dinghy

Our venerable dinghy is well into her ninth year aboard Nine of Cups. She's seen a lot of nice soft sand beaches, but she's also seen her share of barnacle encrusted, concrete jetties, rocky shores and coral reefs. On several occasions, she's gotten roughed up by an amorous fisherman's panga as well. [...]

A New Commitment to Daily Blogging & the Mast

01 December 2010 | Opua
Looking at the last time I posted a blog, I'm ashamed of myself. Really! The goal was to post something everyday and when we're at sea that seems easy. But when we're on land, sometimes I ask myself "What happened today that I can write about?". Then two days go by without a post and then a week and now a whole month. So...a new commitment to try to post every day. We'll see how long it lasts. I figure on the days when there's only boring stuff to report, I can add a cruiser joke or catch you up on stuff that happened that I forgot to write about in the past month.

Actually lots has been going on. First, the mast is STILL not on the boat. Re-reading my last post, it was supposed to be painted the next day. Well, it never got painted until mid-November and David has been re-rigging it ever since. It seems that all the demon gods of mast un- stepping conspired to delay this project in many ways.

We opted to sand the mast ourselves instead of having it sandblasted. This, we thought, would save us considerable $$ and be easier on the mast. We received lots of advice from many different people. "Don't sand it all the way down to the aluminium in the areas where the paint is in good shape, just rough it up", some said. The painter, however, said "If you don't sand it all down, all the way, it won't come out right and I won't be responsible!". we sanded it all down. The painter left on holiday and his first lieutenant stopped by and said "Why did you sand down the good parts all the way to the aluminium? It really wasn't necessary." Well, so it went. Misdirection, bad direction, conflicting direction...we finally got it completed and then came the acid wash, the alodine wash, the sanding, the filling, then sanding again, then the sanding guide coat, more sanding, filling and fairing, never seemed to end. David worked daily 7am-7pm to prep it properly. He'd been working with the mast propped up on sawhorses beside the paint shed. It only fell off the sawhorses once! Finally, the painting day came. They moved the mast, boom and other bits into the paint shed, did their magic and the results were great. Thank goodness. Now to put it all back together again!

The re-rig is, of course, is a major commitment unto itself. We have digital photos of each part of the mast, location and orientation of hardware, etc. Each stainless bit and piece including all the wire, had to be cleaned and then polished before re-installing it. I sat on the dock for three days with a toothbrush applying Grunt (a Kiwi acid gel product that we highly recommend) to the long lengths of wire shrouds and stays and associated hardware. David decided the mast should be re-wired (radar, radio, lighting, wind instruments, etc) and of course, all new halyards. Then a winch needed replacing and various other bits of hardware. It seemed a good time to modify the whisker pole track which we've never liked in its current position and why not add lazy jacks now? Bit by bit, the parts are disappearing from Cups' salon and appearing on the mast. Whew!

We're getting near the end, I think. I've determined that not much more can possibly be replaced or added, but I've been wrong before. Stay tuned for the continuing saga. And then we can talk about the deck work....
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