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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28 April 2016 | Chaguaramas, Trinidad
27 April 2016 | Chaguaramas, Trinidad
26 April 2016 | Chaguaramas, Trinidad
25 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
10 April 2016 | North Coast, Trinidad
09 April 2016 | Chaguaramas, Trinidad
Recent Blog Posts
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 [...]

24 April 2016 | Chaguaramas, Trinidad

Trini Food - Hot Stuff!

Living in Trinidad for awhile, we’ve had the opportunity to sample some of the local food. It’s a mix of Indian and Creole and African, with a Caribbean flair. They make use of locally grown veggies and fruits mixed with the spices they’re use to. They like “HOT”. In fact, one of the world’s [...]

23 April 2016 | Chaguaramas, Trinidad

Blue View - Replacing the Shaft Seal

As part of the process of replacing the cutlass bearing, the old shaft seal had to be removed. I installed a 'dripless' shaft seal about 14 years ago, and while I've serviced it regularly over the years, I thought it might be a good time to replace it as well.

Life without television

18 November 2012 | Kettering, TAS
Yes, Virginia, there is life without television. For the last 13+ years, we have been without a television. We don't miss it in the least.

We do have friends who have given us some TV series on DVD along the way which we watch on our laptop. We watched The Sopranos while we were in Venezuela. The West Wing was among our favorites. Deadwood was crude, vulgar and violent, but we really enjoyed it. We race through an entire season in just a few nights ... none of that waiting impatiently for the next week or sitting through ads and commercials. We watch them like movies with time for popcorn in between episodes. Although we have a large DVD library, instead of being entertained and glued to the computer screen, more likely than not, we tend to entertain ourselves and each other aboard ...reading, games, writing, hobbies, projects, watching sunsets. There's always plenty to do beyond chores.

Being back in the USA, we were inundated with TV again. Everyone has one...or two or three, strategically located in bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchens, family rooms. They always seem to be on, providing background noise to the usual household din even when no one's in the room to watch. I'd find myself walking into a room with the TV playing and, noticing no one watching, shut it off. Within minutes, the set was back on, droning away to a non-audience. Each time we return, TV's are bigger and better...huge screens, high definition pictures, increased costs for cable. It's hard to discuss cable service and costs with people without at least some swearing during the conversation.

We find that normal chat and conversation cease when folks sit in front of the tube. Eyes are drawn like a magnet away from the conversation to catch what's showing … no matter what it is. That's fine, I guess, if you've got lots of time to spare, but if you see people infrequently, it seems such a waste of time when you could be interacting, chatting, playing a game. Don't get me wrong. Watching a ballgame once in awhile or a good movie can be most enjoyable. However, with 500+ channels available in some places, we still found more frequently than not, there was nothing worth watching. Bring out the good books or the Scrabble tiles or the cribbage board.

Now we admit that we are hopelessly out of date … most of the time. We don't know who's winning on America's Got Talent. We have no idea what TV series are currently shown each week. We haven't the faintest idea who won the SuperBowl till weeks after (or even who was playing). Unless someone tells us, we don't know whether a famous person has died. We always lose at the “alive or dead” game. We are, however, usually attuned to countries with whom the US is at war, though, lest we arrive on their shores and be embarrassed.
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