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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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 [...]

Countdown in progress

26 March 2012 | Kettering, Tasmania
We were up early in hopes of getting another load of laundry done and out on the line before we left to pick up the rental car. No luck...the marina's single washer was in use and at the beginning of its cycle. No matter...we'll figure something out. We managed to get a few chores done before our gracious morning chauffeur, Tony on "Westwind" arrived and whisked us away to the big city...Hobart.

The rental car was ready for us and the first place we headed was Peter Johnston's, the big chandlery in Hobart city. Located across from the waterfront, we had a quick look at the city and a longer look at what the chandlery had to offer. In particular, we were looking for an odd lift-off fastener stud that had disintegrated when we removed the dodger for repair. We were pleasantly surprised when they had the exact, rather obscure item we needed. Of course, it took us much longer to get through the rest of the store to see what was available (most everything) and the prices (ouch!). Though we were in a rush of sorts, the cafe next to the chandlery was too much of an attraction to deny and we relaxed a bit over a flat white and planned the rest of the day.

After a quick look around, we headed back to the marina to pick up all that dirty laundry. The nearby town of Kingston had a laundramat and we ate a quick lunch while the washers and dryers did their thing and were back at the marina with clean, dry laundry by 2pm. We hadn't finished packing yet and we got into it with significant resolve. Our friends on Xantia stopped by quickly for a cuppa and any instructions. They're watching the boat while we're away and offered to air her out a bit on fair days.

We were busy the rest of day, frantically trying to figure out what we'd need, what would fit, what we were forgetting. We had a list of all the lists we'd made and still we were adding more items to lists to be ticked off. At 6:30, we headed up to the Oyster Cove Inn pub to meet Aussie friends from Moonshine whom we'd met in Cygnet. An historic old place from the 19th century, the inn is just a short pathway up the hill. The blazing fireplace was most welcome on a crisp night. We enjoyed a pub meal and good conversation and all too soon it was time to head back to a very chilly boat.

Tomorrow...we'll finish up the last minute details and zip up Cups for the winter.
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