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 [...]
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
18 April 2016 | Waterloo, Trinidadm
17 April 2016 | Toco, Trinidad
16 April 2016 | Chaguaramas, Trinidad
15 April 2016 | Asa Wright Nature Centre
14 April 2016 | Asa Wright Nature Centre
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 [...]

What a night!

31 January 2011 | Southern Arm, Dagg Sound
Marcie
What a night! This was by far the worst night of our trip and rates right up there with storms to remember over the last decade. The day hadn't been very pleasant with high winds and rain, but it was tolerable. By night, however the rain was beyond torrential...it blew in massive sheets across the bay until visibility was nil in the ink-black night. Even in the dark, the waterfall behind us was visible however, shimmery white, and resembled Niagara Falls with its roar louder than the shriek of the wind. This morning there are still at least 20 more cascades plummeting down the cliffsides. We had winds in excess of 60 kts and we can only imagine what it was like at sea.

We were nearly knocked down several times as Cups worked to fend off the blasts of wind. Everything that wasn't stowed for open sea passage went flying, including us. David worked his way to the bow at one point to check the snubber and anchor. It was a trial just walking the length of the deck. It's rare that we feel harnesses and clipping into the jacklines are necessary at anchor, but last night was definitely one of those nights. Several times we thought the wind was abating, but then a blast would catch us and seem to continue forever with the rain pelting down even harder.

We're thankful we re-anchored when we did as we think we may have wound up in an untenable situation with little hope of recovering in 60 knot winds if we had not. The new spot was in deeper water and far enough from shore to let out almost all our anchor chain.

This system was not forecast. As we think back on similar experiences at Easter Island and just off Cape Horn, it seems that the worst weather was never predicted and caught us by surprise. A lesson from Neptune about the sea...never turn your back, never get complacent.
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