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 [...]
31 May 2016 | St. Augustine, Florida, USA
30 May 2016 | St. Augustine, Florida, USA
29 May 2016 | En route Culebra, PR - St. Augustine-FL
28 May 2016 | En route Culebra, PR - St. Augustine-FL
27 May 2016 | En route Culebra, PR - St. Augustine-FL
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
22 May 2016 | Culebra, Puerto Rico
21 May 2016 | Culebra, Puerto Rico
20 May 2016 | Culebra, Puerto Rico
19 May 2016 | Culebra, Puerto Rico
18 May 2016 | Culebra, Puerto Rico
17 May 2016 | Culebra, Puerto Rico
16 May 2016 | Culebra, Puerto Rico
15 May 2016 | Culebra, Puerto Rico
14 May 2016 | En route to Puerto Rico
13 May 2016 | Culebra, Puerto Rico
12 May 2016 | Chaguaramas, Trinidad
Recent Blog Posts
31 May 2016 | St. Augustine, Florida, USA

Checking out the ' hood - St. Augustine

Founded in 1565, St. Augustine is the oldest continuously occupied European settlement in the United States. About 42 years before the English colonized Jamestown and 55 years before the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock, the Spanish established St. Augustine … and here we are! All that’s left of [...]

30 May 2016 | St. Augustine, Florida, USA

Life Without Refrigeration

There are some very big pluses to not having refrigeration aboard. Plus #1 is the amount of power we save, or rather have available for other things like computers, iPads and other electronic stuff.

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

Blue View - When It All Goes Wrong

Most of our passage from Puerto Rico to St. Augustine was idyllic – a nice broad reach with 15-20 knots of wind, a kindly following sea, warm sunny weather, a 0.5 to 2 knot favorable current, and a full moon to sail by at night. The prop shaft generator and solar panels were producing more power than [...]

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

Culebra to St. Augustine - Day 9 & Arrival

By all calculations, we should have reached our destination by early this morning, but we haven't. The sea gods, in their ongoing quest for amusement, had some tricks up their proverbial sleeves and provided a few challenges before allowing us to reach St. Augustine.

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

Culebra to St. Augustine - Days 7-8

Day 7- 278 nm to go

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

Culebra to St. Augustine - Days 4-6

Day 4 – 675 nm to go

Waiting for the next blow

01 February 2011 | Southern Arm, Dagg Sound
Marcie
A much better, calmer night, thank goodness. We got into our usual morning routine...a cuppa, a game of cards, pick up e-mails and the weather. Right out of the shoot, the weather forecast for Puysegur (PYOO-se-ca), our NZ forecast area way at the bottom of the South Island, was rather ominous. "Storm warnings in force. NW 60 kts this evening; easing to 50 kts by morning". At least this time we have warning and we have the whole day to prepare/ fret about it. How come big winds always seem to come at night?

It was actually calm during the day though raining and we made ready for another big blow. We laid out another 35# CQR anchor in series with our big 110# Bruce...a chum system... and let out more scope. It was a good idea, but getting the CQR out from under the aft cabin bunk where it had been stowed was a major disruption. It's under our bunk and all the bedding as well as half the locker had to be emptied in order to get at it and then, of course, re-stowed and the bed remade. The Bruce held during the last big blow, but we thought it could use a bit more help. When the forecast calls for 60 kts, it means sustained winds, so gusts could be much higher. There's no other good all- weather anchorage to move to in this area, so we needed to make the best of where we were.

Several little things went wrong during the day and we were hoping it was not forewarning of bigger things to come. The alternator started smoking during a quick battery charge and melted the wiring on the positive terminal (easily fixed and caused by a nut not being tightened down adequately after the last repair); both flashlights went dead when we needed them most and new batteries only revived one of them; the propane tank ran out when it was raining the hardest and Marcie was trying to make dinner. In trying to connect a new tank, the brass fitting broke...split right down the middle ...which caused some consternation with captain and crew (expletives deleted). Dinner delayed.

Sometimes ignorance is bliss. On the one hand, we had all day to prepare for the blow, but on the other hand, now that we've done what we can to prepare, we're still worried about it. Just waiting for the next blow.
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