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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05 May 2016 | Chaguaramas, Trinidad
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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


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 [...]

Finally in Hobart

09 December 2012 | Hobart, AS
Finally, we are in Hobart. We motored a whole mile down the Derwent, under the Tasman Bridge and arrived at the Elizabeth Street Pier mid-day. The port seems warm and welcoming. There was plenty of space for us and we tied up just forward of the Lady Nelson, a square-rigged brig replica of her 1798 namesake … quite a lovely neighbor to have.

We had hoped to tie up at the Constitution Dock (ConDock), but our draft is too deep for the ~2m (6.5') depths in the tiny dock area. We're happy enough where we are though ... on the historic Hobart waterfront, smack dab in the middle of Tasmania's capital city. For $127.75AU/ week, it's quite the bargain for this primo location. The plan is to stay here through Boxing Day (26 December) and enjoy the downtown life and holiday festivities for a few weeks and we're really looking forward to it.

We have a long list of to-do's while we're here, some fun, some not so much, but as usual, we'll find time to get all the important and otherwise, done by the time we're ready to depart. David's list includes buying a new outboard engine (yikes!), finding a chandlery someone told him about and doing several boat chores he's says he's been putting off. (When has he had time to “put off” any boat chores??) I, on the other hand, have researched downtown walks including a self-guided historical walking tour, a pub tour (for research purposes only), a tour of the downtown parks and some community Christmas activities. I'd also like to return to the Botanical Gardens, get a haircut, purchase some new foam for the settee cushions and perhaps do some poking around in the local shops.

The downtown area is all decorated for the holidays. I couldn't help thinking of the lyrics from Silver Bells, “Strings of street lights, even stoplights blink a bright red and green” as we passed through the Elizabeth Street Mall. We managed a few errands our first day in office, Mitre 10 (think Home Deport), Wooly's (supermarket), the Telstra shop.

Being on foot and walking through alleys and up crowded streets, peering in the shop windows as we pass by, all of this is part of the fun experience of being in a new city. No matter how many times we've visited a place by car, it always seems different when we arrive by boat. We think we're really going to like it here. Stay tuned as we tick off the to-do's in Hobart Town.
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