Frisky Cruising Adventures

Sailing our new Maverick catamaran from Cape Town South Africa to the US East Coast

14 August 2017 | Cape Town South Africa
08 August 2017 | Dassen Island
03 August 2017 | Cape Town South Africa
02 August 2017 | Cape Town South Africa
28 July 2017 | Cape Town South Africa
12 July 2017 | Cape Town South Africa
11 July 2017 | Cape Town South Africa
20 January 2017 | Puerto Vallarta
19 November 2016 | Acapulco Mexico
18 November 2016 | Acapulco Mexico
06 November 2016 | Oaxaca Mexico
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04 November 2016 | Oaxaca Mexico
02 November 2016 | Huatulco Mexico
30 October 2016 | Tehuanepec
18 October 2016 | Chiapas Mexico

Being Spoiled on Frisky

14 August 2017 | Cape Town South Africa
Linda
While our prior boat Purrrfect was safe, it had none of the luxuries that we now enjoy on our Maverick Catamaran, Frisky.

There are many improvements and lots of the creature comforts. I counted 30 features just now but I won't list them all to bore you, nor risky sounding boastful. Suffice it to say, that we are spoiled and THANKFUL for this new last boat to enjoy the next few years.

The new few posts will have a few photos to show you how nice this boat looks. Here is the main salon with special expandable cherry table.

Along with all these nice new creature comforts, comes more items to maintain and assure things are working -- of course! Things such as airconditioning/heating and generators are wonderful....AND all have thru hulls and filters etc.

One item that doesn't require extra maintain is the wonderful separate shower which is even large enough for a small bathtub. Because it is chilly here in Cape Town right now, this is a much appreciated luxury.

First overnight anchorage to Dassen Island

08 August 2017 | Dassen Island
Linda
After working out many of the apparent "bugs" in our new boat, we set out for a lovely island about 35 miles north of Cape Town, called Dassen Island. There is a calm little anchorage safe in the prevailing southeastern winds.
We had studied the weather and planned to sail up to the island with the southeastern winds, stay overnight and the next morning sail back with the predicted northwestern wind.
Dassen Island is a nature reserve so we couldn't land without getting an advance permit. So we simply enjoyed the calm anchorage and beautiful sunset before turning in for the night.
The western side of the island is very rough with breaking waves but it is famous for fishing and crabbing. When we were approaching the anchorage about 1 mile on the eastern side, Dave heard his new rod and reel sing out....and sure enough, he had caught his first fish in the southern Atlantic. Looks like some sort of mackerel but was quite large enough to give us 4 nice filets.
The purpose of this trip was to try out many systems including sails and anchors and generator. We did discover a few more bugs which we set about fixing with Rudi, our builder, when we returned to Cape Town.
Thankfully the winds performed as predicted and we were blessed with a brisk 20 knot northern wind to carry us back to Cape Town

New method to cook melted cheese sandwich

03 August 2017 | Cape Town South Africa
Linda
In the factory and in the berth, we found that the many workers here in Cape Town worked hard and conscientiously. The work week is 40 hours with 4 extra full days and ½ day on Friday. There is a "sacred" 10 am break for tea and light lunch since many start their day early. On the boat's last day in the factory, we treated the entire factory to Dunkin Donuts (yes, there are several here!)
Attached is a fun photo of one of the electricians who worked on our boat both in the factory and in the water. He had a melted cheese sandwich which he melted and "toasted" with an electric heat gun! Very creative, but probably not OSHA approved!

Enjoying South Africa

02 August 2017 | Cape Town South Africa
Linda
Enjoying South Africa
We have now spent over 6 weeks here in Cape Town and one might wonder what we have done all this time.

First of all, our priority was to be at the factory watching the final stages of Frisky being built, seeing all the plumbing and the electrical fittings. Ther were many decisions and we were happy that we were welcome in the factory to see the dedicated team of workers every day making progress. Rudi, the builder, arranged visits for us with sailmakers (North Sails) and mast rigging makes (Sparcraft) and engine installers (Yanmar) etc etc. We have been VERY BUSY!

But on weekend we have taken trips out of town to enjoy the beautiful countryside and wine tasting. This area reminds us so much of Napa Valley in Northern California, except that the wine here is substantially more reasonably priced. We plan to stock up on some of our favorites for the Atlantic crossing.

One weekend we drove more than 6 hours to Mossel Bayj where we explored the beautiful coast and inland mountains. Inland from Mossel Bay is an area known as Karoo which "specializes" in ostrich farms. Of course we visited one to see these interesting birds close up. (See photo)

About 10 years ago we enjoyed a luxury safari in which we stayed at the best safari camps and saw amazing wildlife, so we haven't felt the need to repeat that top notch experience. Driving throughout South Africa this time has been very enjoyable, and our Garmin GPS has been invaluable navigating the roads in the countryside and detailed streets here in Cape Town.


Christmas in July in Cape Town

28 July 2017 | Cape Town South Africa
Linda
Because July is winter here, the Royal Cape Yacht Club hosted quite a gala event called Christmas in July. Rudi, our boat builder, reserved a table for 10 for all of us Maverick owners. Everyone was encouraged to wear Christmas “attire” and the Club was decked out in full Christmas lights and decorations.
Before the dinner event, we invited all the other Maverick owners to our newly launched boat for cocktails and munchies. It was great fun to hear from other owners how they have been using and enjoying their boat. Many of them appreciated Dave’s new layout for the forward-facing nav station. One of the couples is receiving the next boat being built, so they did lots of measuring and thought about things they wanted on their boat. That’s what we had done back in March when the boat before ours was launched It is nice to have the options to make some custom changes based on one’s preferences.
The Christmas gala dinner itself was quite a lavish affair. Prizes were given for best costumes and for best table with everyone having best costumes. Dave and I didn’t have much in the way of Christmas dress here with us on the boat but we found a funny red ski hat with fake snow on it for Dave to wear. He sure missed his famous Christmas suspenders! Linda simply had a red turtleneck. There were raffle tickets and Dave’s number was pulled from the hat. He won a nice medium size cooler which will be appreciated when we ever get to warmer places. The temperature here in Cape Town certainly felt like December in Ventura with cold nights around 55-60 and daytime temps around 60-65.
There was fake Santa who gave out small “his” or “hers” gifts to everyone too.
The dinner was delicious and quite gourmet. We have found the meals at the Yacht Club to be very tasty and amazingly reasonable. The US Dollar goes a long way here so most of our dinners for 2 including a nice bottle of wine are about $20-25. All in all celebrating Christmas in July was a highlight of our July here in Cape Town .
(Sorry to skip the photo but we hope to add it sometime soon when internet connections allow.)

Moving 24 feet down a Major Highway

12 July 2017 | Cape Town South Africa
Linda
How does a 24 feet wide catamaran get from the factory to the waterfront? We were amazed as we watched an experienced crew perform this feat.

It starts the afternoon before the launch with a GIANT truck and specialized trailer backing UNDER the catamaran at the factory and lifting the boat up off her building cradle. Then the truck drove Frisky out into the sunshine!

The next morning at 0400 (dark) hour we all arrived to await the special traffic police escort to travel from the factory to the waterfront, about 5 miles. The police car with flashing lights went ahead to every intersection to close it off from other traffic, and the truck driver communicated via radio with two other pick up trucks, one in front and one behind. All were checking every light pole and curb and overhanding trees for clearance. (See photo)

It is winter here in Cape Town so 4 am was chilly. By the time the boat was lifted from the trailer and hoisted onto the crane, the sun was coming up....and thanks to Rudi, we all enjoyed a champagne toast after we splashed Frisky with the bottle's first contents to "christen" her.

The thru hull fittings were checked. The engines successfully started and we motored from the hoist crane to Frisky's first "home" at berth Q03 in what is called "Cat Corner" here at the Royal Cape Yacht Club.

Vessel Name: Frisky
Vessel Make/Model: Maverick 400 Catamaran
Hailing Port: Ventura California
Extra: Sailing our NEW Maverick catamaran from Cape Town South Africa across the southern Atlantic, crossing the equator into the Caribbean and the East Coast USA
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