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 [...]
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 [...]

Happy Easter!

24 April 2011 | Moored in Opua, Bay of Islands, NZ
Easter always heralded the arrival of Spring when growing up in the USA. Trees were budding, flowers were sprouting up and it was time to get the garden plowed and ready for planting. The Easter Rabbit came without fail, leaving a basket of chocolate bunnies, marshmallow chicks (yuck!) and sometimes hiding eggs to be collected. Here in New Zealand, it's a long 4-day weekend...Good Friday through Easter Monday... and signals the end of summer and the coming of winter.

The promised rainy weather held off and though a gray day, David was provided a good opportunity to work on the forward hatch. It's coming together nicely although is taking a lot of work...grinding, routing, epoxying...all those manly skills that allow him to use lots of cool tools on deck. This is a trial hatch and if it works out as we hope it will, all the hatches will eventually be replaced. No more wave showers when trying to use the head or sleep on the sea berth.

While David worked on deck, Marcie caught up on e-mails, updated the website, paid bills and then continued to clean and clean and clean. This is one dirty boat! By 4PM, David completed what he could do for the day and we carted two huge sailbags full of yet more dirty clothes to the laundramat. While the five loads of laundry were in the washers, we scooted over and took showers and then, according to plan, met up with "Sequester" at the laundramat to catch up. Only cruisers would find a meeting at a laundramat a reasonable thing to do on an Easter Sunday. The social time certainly made the drying time go by quickly.

Back to the boat with the clean laundry, it was time for our Easter celebration dinner: mashed potatoes, squash and roast chicken. Since we started rather late, it took awhile to get the chicken roasted and the veggies cooked and on the table, so we didn't eat till 8:30pm. We were, however, sipping our "NZ Circumnavigation" champagne all the while we waited, so the time seemed to fly by quickly and spirits were certainly high when we commenced to attacking that roast chicken dinner. Happy Easter to all!

By the way, a website update has been completed with Chatham Island and Pitt Island photos as well as big update to the Antarctic page. Take a look if you have the chance.
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