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
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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 [...]

Anchored in paradise

08 October 2011 | Moored Peterson Bay, Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu
We slipped the mooring off Aore Island and motor sailed in light winds, 17 miles up the east coast of Santo to Peterson Bay yesterday. We passed by Million Dollar Point, where the US military deposited all of its excess gear and equipment into the sea after WWII. It's all still there...some things sunk and rusting in the sand at low tide; other equipment in deeper water now a manmade reef and natural habitat for the local underwater fauna and flora.

The route into the anchorage had us maneuvering through reefs and coral heads with lots of turns and twists. With good waypoints from friends on Active Transport, Marcie on the bow and good visibility, we managed to touch bottom only once, gliding over a 7' spot, and finally reaching the anchorage off Oyster Island Resort. We are anchored with eight other boats at the moment. This anchorage is considered a "hurricane hole" and is very well protected although with the current mild forecast, we're not expecting any problems.

Oyster Island is welcoming to yachties and there are several walks to take, reefs to snorkel and explore and beaches to visit on their 25 hectare (50+ acres) property. There's also a trip via dinghy up the Nalaiafu River to a blue hole which many people rave about. David still has deck work to do so we're hoping to combine work and pleasure over the next week or so here. The area surrounding the anchorage is absolutely beautiful. Palm trees, white sand beaches and thick green foliage. Looking forward to exploration in the coming days.

An extra added bonus is free internet at the resort which we're able to pick up on the boat. Unfortunately, it's very, very slow, but not having had internet in several weeks, free and slow trumps costly and unavailable every time. Amazing how cruising mellows us!
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