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
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 [...]

Re-glued and sandroing

07 September 2011 | Moored in Port Vila, Vanuatu
Today was our Vanuatu experiment with third world dentists. Marcie's crown came loose and needed to be re-glued into place. We sought out advice from Hillary at the yacht club and made an appointment with Dr. Thalia at South Pacific Smiles...they had a nice color ad in the Yellow Pages....must be good, right? The dentist was located a ways from town and required a bus ride...always an adventure. Mini-vans run continually along the main road and for $150Vt each, we were dropped off right in front of the dentist's office which we found to be modern and well-equipped. The problem was handled in a jiffy. Both the dentist and cost of service were definitely first world.

We went to the Nasonal Miusium Blong Vanuatu...Bislama for Vanuatu National Museum...for the rest of the afternoon. For 700Vt each, we had a private guide named Edgar, who took us through the small, but interesting museum. A most fascinating art form in the northern islands is sandroing (sand drawing) used for illustrating local legends and stories. Edgar hails from the island of Espiritu Santo and demonstrated sand drawing for us on a large tray of beach sand. He began with a tic/tac/toe type of foundation and then, never raising his finger, completed a most intricate, beautiful design in the sand. All the while he was drawing, he told an accompanying story and then sang a traditional song. We've already posted photos on the website. Throughout the museum, he explained local "kastom", traditions, folklore and tabus. Because of Vanuatu's cultural diversity, certain traditions are only maintained on certain islands. The more he explained, the more we thought..."Why are we hanging around here? Let's get going to see it where it's really happening." A few chores, some provisioning and we'll be ready to head out.

We stopped at Au Bon Marche again on the walk home from the museum. We found out the Meat Department has new hours and is closed between Noon-3pm everyday (what?). Luckily, it was open when we arrived. Unfortunately, no chicken breasts today. They had some yesterday, but sold out. They're not sure about tomorrow. Sigh! As we proceed west, we're becoming more and more acquainted with different fruits and veggies. Scanning the aisles at the fresh market or just looking at tinned goods in Au Bon Marche offers lots of new items with which we're unfamiliar or which we've never seen canned before like endives and Brussel sprouts. New fruits include jackfruit, longan, rambutan and toddy palm, all Asian-exotics according to the internet. And being a former French territory, we found haute cuisine baby food ... smushed artichokes! Just no chicken!!!
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