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!
Visit our website at for more photos and info about Nine of Cups and her crew. We also have a more extensive blogsite at 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 [...]
01 May 2016 | Chaguaramas, Trinidad
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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
Recent Blog Posts
01 May 2016 | Chaguaramas, Trinidad

Anti-fouling Our Big-Bottomed Girl

I never appreciate how big Nine of Cups is until I start painting her bottom. With a modified full keel, our 45′ (14m) girl has a big, big bottom ... a lot of area to cover with anti-fouling paint. Painting the bottom has become my job ... mostly because it seems I do little else aboard plus I can't [...]

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.

Mad dogs & Englishmen (and us!)

30 April 2012 | Us: Death Valley, CA Cups:Tassie
We were up and on our way to Death Valley NP early this morning. We had picked up a map and park guide and had our itinerary all planned. It was a cool, but sunny 59F. The park encompasses over 3 million acres of land, most of which is wilderness. We started out at Scotty's Castle in the north end of the park. A desert getaway for a wealthy couple in the 1920s-30s, this Spanish colonial revival style “castle” sits resplendent in the middle of nowhere, now part of the Death Valley NP system.

The desert was brilliant with color. The sky was a clear, cerulean blue. Mountain peaks in the far distance still showed a frosting of snow. Traveling through different altitudes as we descended from over 4300' to below sea level allowed us to observe significant changes in flora and desert scape as well as a drastic temperature change. By Noon, it was 107F in Badwater Basin. Epitomized in Noel Coward's poem, “only mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun”, we nearly fried on the salt flats at Badwater, the lowest (-282' below sea level), hottest (2nd highest recorded temperature in the world 134F) and driest place in North America.

We took short hikes to Golden Canyon and Harmony Borax Works, but the heat was oppressive. We drove along the circuitous Artist's Drive to the Artist's Palette, rock formations and hills rich in mineral deposits. displaying brilliant reds, oranges, greens, blues and yellows. Dante's View, a mile high in the sky above the Badwater Basin, was cool and windy with unsurpassed views of the simmering salt flats below.

A full day and we were hot and dusty when we headed back to Beatty and our hotel. Tomorrow, another day in the park and then we'll move on.
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