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
14 August 2017 | Cape Town South Africa
14 August 2017 | Cape Town South Africa
13 August 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
05 November 2016 | Oaxaca Mexico
04 November 2016 | Oaxaca Mexico
02 November 2016 | Huatulco Mexico
30 October 2016 | Tehuanepec
18 October 2016 | Chiapas Mexico
27 April 2016 | Bahia del Sol El Salvador

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.

Moving 24 feet down a Major Highway

14 August 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.

Enjoying South Africa

14 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.


A New Adventure Begins

13 August 2017 | Cape Town South Africa
Linda
What is happening with Dave and Linda Witham? Why haven’t any new posts been written to their sailing blog?

Well, so much has happened since our last post to the Purrrfect blog that we are overwhelmed as to where to start!

To summarinze and give you some context: we bought a new catamaran, named her Frisky, and are currently in Cape Town South Africa, where Frisky was built. We are preparing for our 3rd Atlantic crossing. This crossing will be from the Southern Hemisphere for a change.

So our new blog is http://www.sailblogs.com/member/sailingfrisky. This is posting #1 for that blog.

It all started last year in Panama when Dave spoke on the morning radio net with a friendly guy named Richard on the vessel “Our Rose” We hadn’t met but Richard was helpful regarding a shared solenoid issue. About a week later, we were anchored in a small quiet cover in the Las Perlas Islands and anchored next to us was “Our Rose”. Dave went off in the dinghy to say “Hi” in person while Linda prepared some dinner. About 1 ½ hours later (!) Dave returned with a smaile and stated “I think I just found our new boat.” The catamaran “Our Rose” is a Maverick Catmaran built in Cape Town and it had 90% of the features that we had been listing as “essential” and “nice to have” on any new boat. Of course, “Our Rose” itself wasn’t for sale but we started watching the internet for any Maverick cats for sale. That was in March last year.

We left Purrrfect in a boatyard storage in Chiapas Mexico for the hot humid rainy summer and went home to California, and proceeded to list Purrrfect for sale. No offers came, but we decided to “splurge” and attend the Annapolis Boat Show in early October because we had learned that a Maverick Catamaran would be on display

Seeing the Maverick again and speaking to Rudi, the builder, really convinced us that this semi-custom vessel could indeed be our dream boat. So we too “the leap” and signed a contract for boat #018 which was to be delivered in July 2017 in Cape Town.

But no offers yet to buy Purrrfect, so we returned in October to sail Purrrfect up the coast off Mexico, arriving in Puerto Vallarta before Christmas 2016. During the holidays, we received an offer to purchase Purrrfect and in late January 2017, we returned to Puerto Vallarta to conclude the sale and say “farewell” to a great boat that carried us safely for over 30,000 nautical miles.

So here we are in Cape Town, sitting on our beautiful new Maverick catamaran. The builder, Rudi, has been SO responsive and creative in working with us to include many clever and useful ideas. More about that in later blogs.

Here is a photo of Frisky being launched for the first time on a crane at the Royal Cape Yacht Club.

Purrrfect's last voyage

20 January 2017 | Puerto Vallarta
Linda
After enjoying Acapulco and some other nice spots on Mexico Pacific's coast, we arrived in Puerto Vallarta just before Christmas 2016.
Purrrfect was put in storage there while we returned home to CA for Christmas with family. Then in January 2017, we returned to conclude the SALE of Purrrfect.
This boat served us well for more than 30,000 miles since March 2012. We hope the new owners enjoy her as much as well do.
Now we will focus on our new catamaran being built in South Africa.

Acapulco – the Cliff Divers

19 November 2016 | Acapulco Mexico
Linda
No visit to Acapulco would be complete without the biggest tourist destination of seeing the Cliff Divers. Ever since 1934 the Cliff Divers have been dazzling crowds with 5 daily performances. We joined up with cruising friends, Peter and Margie from Peregrina and Bruce and Gina from Dreamcatcher, to enjoy a nice dinner at the restaurant overlooking the cliffs and enjoying the sunset while waiting for the performance to begin. The evening performances are the best in our opinion since the cliffs are well lit and watching the divers plunge into the blackness of the narrow cove below adds to the amazement. Each of the divers enters the water from the opposite side across the narrow cove to the huge cliff from which they will dive. But first they have to climb up the cliff face which they do with great speed and agility. We thought that the climb alone would be exhausting. The highest dives are from 115 feet into water which is 12 feet deep on average since the surge and tide are always changing. Obviously timing is essential. Some divers do beautiful swan dives headfirst. Some do one or two somersaults in the way down entering feet first. All are done in beautiful form. Taking photos of these dives is hard. Check out Google for photos but enjoy the sunset shot I have attached.
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
Frisky's Photos - Main
Racing round St Lucia and Heineken Regatta in St Martin
17 Photos
Created 14 March 2015
From Canary Islands to Cape Verde to St Lucia
88 Photos
Created 28 January 2015
Mindelo marina and island tour Nov 2014
22 Photos
Created 28 January 2015
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Created 28 January 2015
Photos from Dec 2014 through spring 2015
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Created 28 January 2015
Inland Turkey with amazing rock formations
56 Photos
Created 8 September 2013
Mosques, churches, palaces and forts
22 Photos
Created 8 September 2013
Resort on Sicily Italy
6 Photos
Created 22 July 2013
Ancient city ruins
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Created 22 July 2013
Monastery and Windmills on Patmos Island
6 Photos
Created 22 July 2013
Anchorages and harbors in Turkey
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Created 22 July 2013
Ancient ruins at Ephesus
4 Photos
Created 22 July 2013
Sites in Malta
13 Photos
Created 23 May 2013
Sites in Tunisia and Boat Yard
14 Photos
Created 23 May 2013