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 [...]
24 May 2016 | En route Culebra, PR - St. Augustine-FL
23 May 2016 | Culebra, Puerto Rico
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14 May 2016 | En route to Puerto Rico
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12 May 2016 | Chaguaramas, Trinidad
11 May 2016 | En route to Puerto Rico
10 May 2016 | Chaguaramas, Trinidad
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Recent Blog Posts
24 May 2016 | En route Culebra, PR - St. Augustine-FL

Culebra to St Augustine - Days 1 -3

Once again, it was a flurry of activity as we prepared to up-anchor and head out from Culebra to St Augustine. We woke with the dawn, checked the weather again, and after a cuppa and a few more checks, we were off across Ensenada Honda on an overcast morning and heading back into the Caribbean Sea. We’d [...]

23 May 2016 | Culebra, Puerto Rico

Heading to St. Augustine

I know, I know … we were supposed to head over to San Juan for a few days and hang out, but surprise! We’ve changed our minds. We’re looking at the calendar, feeling pressed to be moving north more quickly than we’d prefer, but hurricane season is soon upon us and the further north we are, the [...]

22 May 2016 | Culebra, Puerto Rico

Tarpons, Seagulls and Cold Beer

Despite all the very appealing local restaurants we’ve seen, we really haven’t eaten out at all since we arrived in Culebra. Each morning we agree “Let’s have dinner out tonight” and every evening, it’s “Feel like going in to shore for dinner or shall we just make something aboard and watch [...]

21 May 2016 | Culebra, Puerto Rico

Blue View - Patching the Dinghy

Our venerable dinghy is well into her ninth year aboard Nine of Cups. She's seen a lot of nice soft sand beaches, but she's also seen her share of barnacle encrusted, concrete jetties, rocky shores and coral reefs. On several occasions, she's gotten roughed up by an amorous fisherman's panga as well. [...]

20 May 2016 | Culebra, Puerto Rico

Culebra Signs and Street Art

Though our stay in Culebra has been short, we've managed to walk around a bit and gather a few signs and street art pix for our ever-growing collection. Thought you'd enjoy seeing a few that we thought were especially interesting. Unfortunately, I'm not able to post pix or links on SailBlogs at the moment. You'll have to head on over to JustALittleFurther.com to view the sign/street collection.

19 May 2016 | Culebra, Puerto Rico

Rotten eggs and other boat smells

One of the things about boats is they smell. Sometimes it's the garlic and onion you're sauteing, but more likely it's something else or a combination of "something elses". My sister, Lin, always hugs me rather tenuously when we first arrive home after a long stay on the boat and wrinkles [...]

Provisioning Day

09 September 2011 | Moored in Port Vila, Vanuatu
Marcie
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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