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 [...]
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Recent Blog Posts
05 May 2016 | Chaguaramas, Trinidad

FAQ- Are you worried about the Zika virus?

In light of the current Zika pandemic scare, we've been asked frequently about whether we worry about catching exotic diseases that are more prevalent in tropical areas and third world countries and the answer is yes and no. Yes, it's a concern, but we take all reasonable precautions. And, no, we don't [...]

04 May 2016 | Chaguaramas, Trinidad

Splashed!

A great word ...A great word ... "splash". It's a figure of speech called onomatopoeia ... when a word mimics the sound it actually makes. There's always a little trepidation when we hear the TraveLift rumble up and get into position to lift Cups for her trip back to the water. They hitched [...]

03 May 2016 | Chaguaramas, Trinidad

Dash & Cash Before We Splash

Even though we reserve our splash date and time just a couple days in advance, the last minute dash to get everything done just before we splash is always hectic. There always seems so much to do and so little time to accomplish it even though it's a planned event.

02 May 2016 | Chaguaramas, Trinidad

Growing old-er ... aren't we all?

We’ve recently noticed that some people tend to treat us differently than in the past. I look in the mirror and, yeah, there are always a few more lines and wrinkles. If it weren’t for Miss Clairol, I’d be gray. Gravity has taken its toll on my body … some parts sag instead of being perky. David [...]

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 [...]

Old cowboys

19 May 2012 | Craig, CO, USA
Marcie
Craig, Colorado is an old cowboy town, tucked into the Rocky Mountains close to the Utah border. It's a tough climate...rugged, arid...cold in the winter, hot in the summer. Real cowboys settled here (and a few outlaws, too). These guys worn denim jeans that were not pre-washed or pre-worn. Their Stetson cowboy hats kept off the sun and their boots were ideal for riding horses and keeping varmints from biting their ankles (plus it made them an inch or two taller).

We visited the Museum of Northwest Colorado on Craig's short, but historic main street. It's easy to envision horses tied up in front of the saloon or tumbleweeds blowing down the street. The three-story museum is housed in a well-maintained, old county building and contains memorabilia from days past in western life...old ranching/farming tools, a replica of an old country schoolroom, black and white and some sepia photos of old families that had built their lives here. A special room is dedicated to cowboys and gunslingers and it catches your imagination as you walk through.

An added bonus was a Norman Rockwell exhibit borrowed from the Rockwell museum back east. It included hundreds of “Saturday Evening Post” magazine covers with Rockwell's unique, iconic impression of American life. We remember getting the “Post”, a weekly magazine, long before “Time” or “People” hit the scene. What we didn't ever realize was that it was the brainchild of Benjamin Franklin and published since 1728. Long before television, this high class weekly journal explored world and US news, American life and published short stories and serialized novels by well known authors.

One negative about the visit. We were visiting a museum. “Museum” conjures up an image of old stuff...really old stuff. Unfortunately, we remember most of it well...like it was yesterday.
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