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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.
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
20 September 2015 | Fiji
16 September 2015 | Tonga
14 September 2015 | Fiji
11 September 2015 | At Sea
Recent Blog Posts
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.

30 May 2016 | Queensland

Continuing South

We have taken very few trips inland during our 6 months here in OZ. We did a couple of day- trips by train, one to the Blue Mountains and one to New Castle. In New South Wales Sunday travel anywhere by train is just $2.50 AUD, fits our cruiser's budget! Recently we treated ourselves to a two day "tourist" experience in Maryborough, Queensland, traveling inland by boat. Most "yachties", as we are referred to by Ozzies, don't take their boats up the river to Maryborough because, in spots, it is very very shallow. We timed the tides and had no trouble tho we did motor very cautiously. The Mary Marina sits on a portion of the river that resembles the Clatskanie River and Wallace Slough----much like home. Maryborough was first settled in 1847 and was a "free" port of entry between 1859 and 1901----no convicts here. The town is full of historiccez buildings and homes, with many serving as museums. We purchased a "Portside" ticket which included touring the Customs House, The Maryborough Military and Colonial Museum and The Bond Store. All three were very interesting, especially The Bond Store where we bought a bottle of delicious Port. Every place we went there seemed to be a volunteer guide to answer questions or share stories---it was really hard to move on, they all loved to talk. Maryborough's other claim to fame is, the birthplace of PL Travers, author of the Mary Poppins books. There are references to the "happy nanny" throughout the town. From a stationary store we purchased large sheets of paper and two pencils and did 5 brass rubbings from her stories, each one has a little umbrella holding nanny in it. People would stop and comment as we were rubbing and Eric would say, "These are for our grandchildren"-----good Lord, they were for us! Don't imagine we will do anything with them but it was a fun project. This morning we crossed The Wide Bay Bar, which in these parts is comparable to crossing the Columbia River Bar only longer---three miles from the beginning to the end of the bar. It does not go straight in, it weaves through the shoals----lots of fun! Yesterday we checked with the Coast Guard in Tin Can Bay as to any changes in shoaling and way points. They requested that we call them on VHF before we got to the first lead lines and then call them when we were over the bar---all was good. It's not really as tricky as it sounds as long as you have good weather, which we did. We then motored a few miles and anchored at Rainbow Beach, thankful for an easy crossing. We continue our southern route to Manly/Brisbane where we are scheduled to speak at a Seawind "Seabatical" gathering.

21 April 2016 | Queensland

The Boatworks, Coomera, Queensland.

Hauled out for several small jobs---Eric can do most of the work once he has the materials.

21 April 2016 | The Boat Works

Certification for Laundry Facilities

I guess I was just born at the wrong time or to be more accurate I have not kept up with the times. Learning to sail has been and continues to be a steep learning curve----using a new washing machine has now been added to the list. Doing laundry should be a "no brainier", right? Four years ago when [...]

18 April 2016 | Tasman & Coral Seas

Bar Hopping

Sounds like we are having a real party, doesn't it? Well, our adventure continues, but this bar hopping is not a party. We are now sailing up the north coast of New South Wales, heading to Queensland, Great Barrier Reef and the Whitsundays. Our first order of business is to stop at The Boat Works in Coomera, haul out for just a few days to change oil in the sail drives, check and probably change zincs and touch up bottom paint. We have two choices for the first portion of this trip; night passages or day sail and anchoring at night. We are doing a combination of the two. The anchorages on this section of the Australian coast are all in rivers off the Tasman and Coral Seas which means we must leave the sea and enter the river via a bar, that area where the sea meets the river. Our home in Oregon is 40 miles from the Columbia River Bar in Astoria, one of the most treacherous in the world-----we respect bar crossings. So, in planning our routes, in addition to weather we must also factor in tides, currents and swells at both where we are going, if it's a bar, and where we are leaving, if it's a bar, and it's always a good idea to make bar crossings in daylight both into and out. It is a great big puzzle to get everything exactly right. Despite the puzzle aspect of crossing bars the passages and the people at the ports make it memorable. Port Stephens was our jump off point for this trip and we left the anchorage at Nelson Bay on 4-10 at 1756 wanting to cross the Camden Haven River bar around noon the next day. We had a dolphin escort a couple hours before we reached the bar---both adults and babies, they played around the boat for about 45 minutes, jumping, diving and gliding. Does anyone ever tire of watching a dolphin ballet? I don't think so. On 4-12 at 0826 we left for Port Macquerie crossing the Hastings River Bar around 1230 (very short trip that day). That afternoon we visited with new Australian friends Alan and Tania on sv Somewhere who shared with us a web site with a web cam at each of the bar crossings in New South Wales---a very good tool. We left Port Macqurie on 4-13 at 0952. While we were reefing, on my midnight to 0400 watch, I was hit in the face by a very wet flying fish---at first I had no idea what had slapped me! We sailed all night in order to cross the Clarence River Bar, at around noon on 4-14. There we met Pepe and Bear Millard who 8 years ago left Plymouth, England for a two year cruise on their boat Beez Neez--that's cruising! Then the next day 4-15, we left Iluka a little after noon so we could cross the bar at Southport around noon on the 16. During the night we lost our second reef line, went to third reef and continued----motor sailing. The excitement for this night was finding ourselves in between two cargo ships---one going north and one going south. The wrong course change by any one of us would result in big trouble. Eric called the captain of the ship that was going north as it was the one that could most likely be a problem----our AIS indicated that that the closest point of impact could be 44feet! Little to close. Unbeknownst to us another sailboat was watching the three of us on their AIS and were worried. While we were at anchor in The Spit in Southport, they came by and told us about watching the three of us and their concern. This pretty much sums up our "bar hopping" and now I am ready for a bar with wine or beer!

Very lightwind

19 June 2012 | Friday Harbor
Pam--little wind/some sun
Left Port Townsend early this morning and arrived in Friday Harbor around noon. We had hoped to anchor out at a cove that was on the way to Friday Harbor but there were already boats at anchor. We did end up anchoring a dinghy ride from the Harbor. Eric needed to visit Ace Hardware and I needed to visit the grocery store. This will be my first provisioning by dinghy,if we take on water I will know that I bought to much food. However, Eric's very large container of Red Vines will be the culprit if there is one. We have not decided on our next destination--stay tuned.
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Pied-a-Mer III's Photos - Main
Pittwater, Cowan Creek, Cottage Point, The Basin, Newcastle and Bar Hopping.
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Created 24 April 2016
Milson's Point-The Bridge Walk, Elizabeth Farm, Rosehill NSW
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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.
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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)
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Created 19 April 2016
Balls Head Bay, Snails Bay, Rozelle, Middle Harbour, Port Hacking, Wollongong, Jervis Bay and back to Sydney.
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Created 16 February 2016
Nieafu and island anchorages
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Created 16 September 2015
Sailing to atolls. Kauehi and Fakarava. Touring pearl farm and buying pearls.
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Created 22 May 2015
Sailing in Crystal clear blue-green waters, anchoring near white sands and lush hills.
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Created 28 April 2015
Hiking Yelapa
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Created 28 March 2013
Puerto Vallarta with Sellix,Altamirano and Choumanes
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Created 1 January 2013
On the Bow.
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Created 17 September 2012
Noumea
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