Sellixs Set Sail

Vessel Name: Pied-a-Mer III
Vessel Make/Model: Seawind 1160 Catamaran
Hailing Port: Clatskanie, OR
Crew: Pam & Eric
About: Pam (the Admiral among other things) Our wonderful boat cat Rose spent her final year with Terrell in the US. She lived a good life, loved to sail!
Extra: Live a boards for four years mostly in Mexico. Currently cruising the east coast of Australia.
11 October 2016 | PortmSud
10 October 2016 | Port Moselle Marina. Noumea, New Caledonia
12 August 2016 | Vuda Marina, Fiji
09 July 2016 | Isle de Pines
30 May 2016 | Queensland
21 April 2016 | Queensland
21 April 2016 | The Boat Works
18 April 2016 | Tasman & Coral Seas
31 March 2016 | Newcastle, NSW
16 March 2016 | Rozelle Bay, Sydney Australia
05 January 2016 | Balls Head Bay, Sydney Harbour
12 December 2015 | Hardy Bay, Brisbane Waters
10 November 2015 | Lake Macquarie
07 November 2015 | Tasmain Sea
04 November 2015 | Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club
03 November 2015 | Pittwater
03 October 2015 | Port Moselle Marina
23 September 2015 | Viti Levu
Recent Blog Posts
11 October 2016 | PortmSud

Fun Times Cruising

Eric, as Captain, is responsible navigating, piloting, repairing equipment, acting plumber and electrician (I do assist). I covet the galley and have a lot of fun----it's my space and I like it that way!

10 October 2016 | Port Moselle Marina. Noumea, New Caledonia

It's Been a Long Time

Am back in the electronic loop, hooray! Miracle of all miracles, we found a young man in Fiji who was able to diagnose and repair my iPad. There were two problems----the memory was full and I had been overcharging the unit! In the meantime, friends arrived from Santa Cruz, California bringing us a [...]

12 August 2016 | Vuda Marina, Fiji

Potlucks on Pied-a-Mer III

We are back in Fiji after our passages from Brisbane to New Caledonia and New Cal to Fiji. The first night out on our Noumea, New Cal to Fiji passage my iPad died. It was 0230, all was good, I was reading a "mindless mystery" and suddenly the screen went blank and black. I had checked the [...]

09 July 2016 | Isle de Pines

Heading to Isle de Pines

Our last blog entry had us sitting in Port Moselle Marina in Noumea needing to check both engines. Well, it turns out there were no real problems with either one. The port engine started right away and the issue with the starboard engine was quickly solved by Herve of Noumea Yacht Services. The [...]

06 July 2016 | Isle of Pines

No Wind, No Engines, Passage Report-Brisbane to Noumea

Arrived at Southport Yacht Club Fuel Dock at 0730 Monday June 20. We were boarded by two friendly Aussies from Australian Border Patrol and by 0830 all paperwork had been completed and we were ready to leave Australia. We anchored at the Marine Stadium and waited for flood tide for our Seaway "bar crossing" which Eric had calculated to be 1400. The bar crossing was fine and by 1508 we had 20-23 kt. WSW and extremely confused seas. We sailed the night with 25-28 and gusts to 30+, confused seas continuing. Our passage watch schedule started right away: Pam, 0700-1200, 1600-1900 and 0000-0400 with Eric : 1900-0000, 0400-0700 and 1200-1600. My journal entry for Day #1 referred to the day and night as "monohull wild". We had never in 4.5 years living aboard and 23165 nm had such swells. We had objects flying off counters, out of drawers, cocoa spilling----quite a mess! So much for our complacency about the stable platform we call "home". Day #2 we were still seeing winds in the mid 20's with 2-4 meter seas---still at third reef and partially furled jib, confused seas and overcast sky. The sunset on day #2 was like no other----neon orange, not just bright, brighter than bright---what a sight. Day #3 found us wanting to shake out second reef but starboard engine wouldn't start, added oil and it started. The wind continued to die. A new storm front off the Tasman Sea had been forecast for the end of the week and by day #4 we were worried that we might not arrive in Noumea before the front. The day began with sun, we were under full main and motor sailing at 5.5 kt. with wind at 3.5 kt. with flat rolling seas and scattered grey clouds. We pretended that it was Tuesday instead of Thursday and had a "Two for One" Pepperoni pizza. Day #5, a little after midnight the wind shifted to NNW. When we turned the engine off at 0813 we had been motoring for 26 hours! During the day the wind picked up, we reefed--- the wind died and up went the main. Day #6 had Eric installing a new oil filter and fuel filters on the starboard engine and changing the oil. Weather forecast was for 15/20kt. With gusts to the high 20's followed by a series of wind changes. We slowed down as much as possible for Eric to have a more level platform for the "oil job". Once having completed the oil change the engine light still went on and the alarm sounded but the engine did work. We knew we could use it for a short time, if needed. It were hesitant to run it unless absolutely necessary. The wind died, again, so back to motor sailing. Eric turned the key on the port engine, it turned over but would not accelerate properly----what the #€<>}{! It looked like there might be water in the oil of the sail drive, Eric checked---nope, all good. Now we are bobbing around the open ocean with no wind and no engines which, is better than no wind and no engines close to land! Day #7 with 2.0 kts wind, still no port engine and a starboard with an alarm and oil light. We had hoped that we would be able to contact Port Moselle Marina and advise them of our situation but as it was Sunday, we were not able to roust anyone on VHF. We finally heard from someone in an emergency role that we should try to get to the visitors dock. We went through Dumbea Pass under sail, no problem. As we sailed closer to the marina Eric tried the port engine and, it started----like there was nothing wrong! We knew that we could use the starboard for a short time so into the marina we motored, no space at the visitors dock but we waved and shouted "hellos" to our friends Bruce & Laura on sv Pacific Hwy.---out to the anchorage we went. During much of that day and into the night I baked-----lime bread, banana bread and apple crisp, trying to use up produce and eggs that would have to be given up to quarantine. The next morning we dinghyed into the marina, completed the "check in" process and were able to bring the boat into a slip. Now to sort out both engines. Photo taken leaving Southport to cross Seaway Bar.

Learning to post photos on blog

18 June 2012 | Port Townsend
5:00 pm wind, wind, wind
I am determined to get the photo thing down!
Entrance to Boat Haven, the marina in Port Townsend.
Pied-a-Mer III's Photos - Main
Along with friends, Mike and Joan Mellon, we sailed the Mamanukas and Yasawa islands. We had a fabulous time.
30 Photos
Created 10 October 2016
Pittwater, Cowan Creek, Cottage Point, The Basin, Newcastle and Bar Hopping.
25 Photos
Created 24 April 2016
Milson's Point-The Bridge Walk, Elizabeth Farm, Rosehill NSW
20 Photos
Created 24 April 2016
This album includes travel by ferry, bus,might rail and train. All part of Sydney's mass transit system, using our OPAL cards.
20 Photos
Created 21 April 2016
Our trip down south. Wanted to take Pied-a-Mer III back to Woolongon as that's where she had been built. Jervis Bay was a highlight because that's where we were able to meet Melinda Mathews Brogan, Melinda Altamirano's Australian pen pal (and we didn't take one photo of her)
23 Photos
Created 19 April 2016
Balls Head Bay, Snails Bay, Rozelle, Middle Harbour, Port Hacking, Wollongong, Jervis Bay and back to Sydney.
65 Photos
Created 16 February 2016
Nieafu and island anchorages
10 Photos
Created 16 September 2015
Sailing to atolls. Kauehi and Fakarava. Touring pearl farm and buying pearls.
No Photos
Created 22 May 2015
Sailing in Crystal clear blue-green waters, anchoring near white sands and lush hills.
No Photos
Created 28 April 2015
Hiking Yelapa
11 Photos
Created 28 March 2013
Puerto Vallarta with Sellix,Altamirano and Choumanes
14 Photos
Created 1 January 2013
On the Bow.
4 Photos
Created 17 September 2012
No Photos
Created 31 December 1969

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