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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30 April 2016 | Chaguaramas, Trinidad
29 April 2016 | Chaguaramas, Trinidad
28 April 2016 | Chaguaramas, Trinidad
27 April 2016 | Chaguaramas, Trinidad
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25 April 2016 | Chaguaramas, Trinidad
24 April 2016 | Chaguaramas, Trinidad
23 April 2016 | Chaguaramas, Trinidad
22 April 2016 | Chaguaramas, Trinidad
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
13 April 2016 | Asa Wright Nature Centre
12 April 2016 | Along Eastern Main Road, Trinidad
11 April 2016 | North Coast, Trinidad
Recent Blog Posts
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 [...]

27 April 2016 | Chaguaramas, Trinidad

Annual Ditch Bag/Safety Inspection

I’ve heard them referred to as ditch bags, overboard bags, abandon-ship bags and grab bags. Whatever you call them, it’s that time of year again. Annually, it’s my job to complete the ditch bag/safety equipment inspections aboard Nine of Cups. I’ve blogged about this in the past, but I thought [...]

26 April 2016 | Chaguaramas, Trinidad

Back on the Job

I'm pleased to report, the to-do list is growing shorter ... at least the to-do list that has any chance of getting done. David has been working long, hard, hot days and it shows. Cups is looking great and David is looked tired.

25 April 2016 | Chaguaramas, Trinidad

Bush Fires Rages in Trinidad

We’ve been waking in the morning to heavy, grey skies, not because the sun isn’t shining, but because bush fires are raging in the hills above the marina. The smoke is so dense, it burns your eyes within minutes. Combined with temps in the 90sF/30sC and high humidity, it’s hard to breathe. It’s [...]

Provisioning Day

09 September 2011 | Moored in Port Vila, Vanuatu
Since we plan to be north in the outer islands for the next month or two, we took this opportunity to stock up at Au Bon Marche, especially on items that won't be confiscated when we arrive in Australia. We also wanted to buy some duty free liquor before leaving town. David made a dinghy dash to the Customs office across the bay and came back with the paperwork necessary. The first challenge was that the ATM machine closest to us wasn't working this morning. Luckily there are two in town, albeit the working one was further away. Cash in hand, we did some duty free liquor shopping. Usually duty-free is not that much of a bargain, but here a 1L bottle of Bundaberg rum was $12 duty free vs. nearly $40 with duty paid. The duty free shop accepted the paperwork; we signed more papers. Then she placed the bottles in a heavy plastic sac and sealed it with tape. This package had to then be taken back to Customs who added some nifty Customs seals to the taped bag and then we were allowed to bring it back aboard where it must remain sealed until we leave Vanuatu waters. It will be checked when we clear out and if it's been tampered with, we will be liable to pay the duties plus a fine. We'll try to restrain ourselves. David also got our cruising permit and clearance papers for heading north.

Next we walked up the hill to Au Bon Marche with a long list of needed items. Topping the list were necessities like pickles, olives, canned artichokes, hearts of palm, peanuts and cookies. We did throw some pasta and flour in the cart for good measure. We also picked up another 5kg of chicken thighs and canned/bottled them when we got back to the boat.

David's been feeling under the weather. Not sure if the effects of the antibiotics or some bug he's picked up, but when he turned down dinner, there was no doubt he was not feeling well. Hopefully, a good night's rest will cure what ails him. The "wounds" on the other hand are looking remarkably better after just a day of treatment.
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