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 [...]
31 May 2016 | St. Augustine, Florida, USA
30 May 2016 | St. Augustine, Florida, USA
29 May 2016 | En route Culebra, PR - St. Augustine-FL
28 May 2016 | En route Culebra, PR - St. Augustine-FL
27 May 2016 | En route Culebra, PR - St. Augustine-FL
26 May 2016 | En route Culebra, PR - St. Augustine-FL
25 May 2016 | En route Culebra, PR - St. Augustine-FL
24 May 2016 | En route Culebra, PR - St. Augustine-FL
23 May 2016 | Culebra, Puerto Rico
22 May 2016 | Culebra, Puerto Rico
21 May 2016 | Culebra, Puerto Rico
20 May 2016 | Culebra, Puerto Rico
19 May 2016 | Culebra, Puerto Rico
18 May 2016 | Culebra, Puerto Rico
17 May 2016 | Culebra, Puerto Rico
16 May 2016 | Culebra, Puerto Rico
15 May 2016 | Culebra, Puerto Rico
14 May 2016 | En route to Puerto Rico
13 May 2016 | Culebra, Puerto Rico
12 May 2016 | Chaguaramas, Trinidad
Recent Blog Posts
31 May 2016 | St. Augustine, Florida, USA

Checking out the ' hood - St. Augustine

Founded in 1565, St. Augustine is the oldest continuously occupied European settlement in the United States. About 42 years before the English colonized Jamestown and 55 years before the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock, the Spanish established St. Augustine … and here we are! All that’s left of [...]

30 May 2016 | St. Augustine, Florida, USA

Life Without Refrigeration

There are some very big pluses to not having refrigeration aboard. Plus #1 is the amount of power we save, or rather have available for other things like computers, iPads and other electronic stuff.

29 May 2016 | En route Culebra, PR - St. Augustine-FL

Blue View - When It All Goes Wrong

Most of our passage from Puerto Rico to St. Augustine was idyllic – a nice broad reach with 15-20 knots of wind, a kindly following sea, warm sunny weather, a 0.5 to 2 knot favorable current, and a full moon to sail by at night. The prop shaft generator and solar panels were producing more power than [...]

28 May 2016 | En route Culebra, PR - St. Augustine-FL

Culebra to St. Augustine - Day 9 & Arrival

By all calculations, we should have reached our destination by early this morning, but we haven't. The sea gods, in their ongoing quest for amusement, had some tricks up their proverbial sleeves and provided a few challenges before allowing us to reach St. Augustine.

27 May 2016 | En route Culebra, PR - St. Augustine-FL

Culebra to St. Augustine - Days 7-8

Day 7- 278 nm to go

26 May 2016 | En route Culebra, PR - St. Augustine-FL

Culebra to St. Augustine - Days 4-6

Day 4 – 675 nm to go

Hoover Dam

26 April 2012
Marcie
Hoover Dam is a concrete arch-gravity dam in the Black Canyon of the Colorado River on the Nevada-Arizona border. It rates right up there with the Pyramids and the Panama Canal as one of the world's greatest feats of engineering. It happens to be only 1/2 hour drive from the house and proved to be a very interesting day-trip.

Constructed between 1931 and 1936 during the Great Depression, the dam itself is a tremendous work of art and incorporated innumerable, very innovative technological advances. It was completed in 4-1/2 years (two years early) and on budget at $165M. Wow...that's impressive.

We peered out over America's largest man-made lake, Lake Mead, from several lookouts, drove over the dam and saw the lake's water as it returned to the Colorado River on the other side. The visitor center is flashy with a theater on one level, an excellent interpretive and interactive center on a second level and superb views of the dam, the lake, the river and a new bridge which spans the Black Canyon. Lots of statistics were provided, but the one that impressed me the most was the fact that the amount of concrete used in the dam would provide enough to construct a 4-foot wide sidewalk around the equator.

The dam's generators provide power for public and private utilities in Nevada, Arizona, and California. Additionally, Hoover Dam is a major tourist venue, attracting nearly a million people a year. With revenues from the power it sells plus the tourism income, the dam is financially self-sustaining and requires no federal assistance, i.e. none of our taxes are used for its maintenance, salaries, etc. Wouldn't it be nice if more public entities could/were required to support themselves?
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