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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06 May 2016 | Chaguaramas, Trinidad
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Recent Blog Posts
06 May 2016 | Chaguaramas, Trinidad

Back in the water - Adjustments required

Well, we've not been on the water since last December and it's definitely noticeable. Cups seems to be enjoying it just fine. She's bobbing in the bay water, rocking and rolling with the waves and wakes. She strains on her mooring like a horse at the starting gate, rearing to go. We, on the other and, [...]

05 May 2016 | Chaguaramas, Trinidad

FAQ- Are you worried about the Zika virus?

In light of the current Zika pandemic scare, we've been asked frequently about whether we worry about catching exotic diseases that are more prevalent in tropical areas and third world countries and the answer is yes and no. Yes, it's a concern, but we take all reasonable precautions. And, no, we don't [...]

04 May 2016 | Chaguaramas, Trinidad


A great word ...A great word ... "splash". It's a figure of speech called onomatopoeia ... when a word mimics the sound it actually makes. There's always a little trepidation when we hear the TraveLift rumble up and get into position to lift Cups for her trip back to the water. They hitched [...]

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 [...]

No shadows on Groundhog's Day!

02 February 2011 | Southern Arm, Dagg Sound
Happy Groundhog's Day! The groundhog did NOT see his shadow here in Dagg Sound this morning (not sure there are any groundhogs in NZ actually). Though the wind blew a gale, it never got above 40 kts last night and we felt quite secure on Cups who swung around a bit, but conducted herself quite nicely. This is a usual occurrence: if we really, really prepare, it means it won't be as bad as predicted....not a problem for us at all and much better than the converse.

Weather today is on-again, off-again...sun then rain with just enough wind to keep the wind generator spinning. There's a promising forecast for tomorrow and three days following which might allow us to leave Dagg Sound and head a bit further south to Breaksea and Dusky Sounds. The wind is in the right direction, but the swells are still 15-20' which is off-putting.

David filled the propane tanks (he put in just enough last night to manage dinner, popcorn and cuppas this morning). I made fresh yogurt last night for this morning's breakfast and some hummus for snack time later. We're out of most packaged things now...cookies, granola bars, nuts. All of our favorites went fast. David tends to save things while "eat it while you can" is my motto. I emptied the freezer this morning of the last steak and piece of chicken. From now on, we'll manage on fish we catch and jarred chicken, etc, that I pressure-canned before leaving Opua. No more fresh veggies or fruit...only stuff in tins. We don't feel too badly about this at all. It gives us a chance to use up old stores/inventory. Lots of food, but the combinations are sometimes a bit weird.

We watched the Bill Murray movie "Groundhog's Day. We've seen it so many times we know most of the lines, but it is still one of our favorites.
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