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 [...]
03 May 2016 | Chaguaramas, Trinidad
02 May 2016 | Chaguaramas, Trinidad
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21 April 2016 | Port of Spain, Trinidad
20 April 2016 | Mount St Benedict, Tunapuna, Trinidad
19 April 2016 | Caroni Swamp, Trinidad
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15 April 2016 | Asa Wright Nature Centre
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Recent Blog Posts
03 May 2016 | Chaguaramas, Trinidad

Dash & Cash Before We Splash

Even though we reserve our splash date and time just a couple days in advance, the last minute dash to get everything done just before we splash is always hectic. There always seems so much to do and so little time to accomplish it even though it's a planned event.

02 May 2016 | Chaguaramas, Trinidad

Growing old-er ... aren't we all?

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 [...]

01 May 2016 | Chaguaramas, Trinidad

Anti-fouling Our Big-Bottomed Girl

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 [...]

30 April 2016 | Chaguaramas, Trinidad

Blue View - Replacing a Seacock

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 [...]

29 April 2016 | Chaguaramas, Trinidad

Cups Gets Her Groove Back ... and Her Name

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 [...]

28 April 2016 | Chaguaramas, Trinidad

A severe reprimand and an open apology

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 [...]

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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