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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 November 2016 | Bay of Islands, New Zealand
26 October 2016 | Baie de Kuto, Isle of Pines
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
Recent Blog Posts
09 November 2016 | Bay of Islands, New Zealand

Passage to New Zealand

We have been in Opua, New Zealand now for 5 days, long enough to do laundry, provision, locate boat parts and reconnect with cruising friends and meet new friends. Last night we got down to analyzing our passage from Noumea, New Caledonia to Opua and deemed it a good one. We had some very good winds, periods of very little wind, a few rain showers, daily SSB contact with friends, Jenny and Rich on sv Plan Sea and yes, we did have a couple of boat issues----does anyone know a boat that doesn't have a glitch or two on an ocean passage? Our first 24 hours out we covered 160.65 mm---which, for us, is very good. For the first couple of days the seas were pretty rolly but the sun was blazing---we were smiling. We would occasionally hit a "no wind" pocket, turn on an engine for a short time and then be back under sail. Day #3 we started the starboard engine and discovered that the prop was not functioning, now we are down to just the port engine. Now, we were OK with one functioning engine however, we knew we would need the starboard fuel as we still had at least 5 days of passage before we reached NZ. Day #3 was a day of continual wind shifts, confused seas, sail changes and motor motor sailing. Day # 4 was a good day of sailing, bad valve on propane tank (which Eric was able to temporarily solve) and we traded shorts for long pants and long sleeved shirts. This was the last day that we were able to see svPlan Sea----they changed course a bit and motor sailed ahead of us. We were trying to sail as much as possible. On my 1200-0400 watch on Day#5, the sky was as black as I had ever seen it. At 0605 we went to third reef with the main and reefed the jib-----sailed through the day. At 0600 on Day#6 Eric woke me up, the second reef line had broken and there was a ripped seam in the main sail. Eric immediately grabbed tape, etc. and, with me keeping the boat into the wind, taped the sail hoping to prevent further tearing. Our other major project for Day #6 was decanting two jerry cans of diesel into the port tank. Then, Day #7 brought successfully siphoning diesel from the starboard engine into jerry cans and then decanting the jerry cans into the port engine----all of this was done inside the boat---we didn't have to go out in the wind and rain. We had always talked about what we would do in a situation like this and now we know----it can be done. This was a good excercise. Maybe our success was due to pod of dolphins and a pod of whales that shared our "spot on the "ocean----we wished they had had AIS or nav lights. Day #8-----0942, at the Customs dock in Opua.

26 October 2016 | Baie de Kuto, Isle of Pines

Underway

Off to New Zealand. Anchored in Baie de Kuto in the Isle of Pines, New Caledonia, hope to leave tomorrow morning for a 6-8 day passage to Opua, New Zealand. Will spend 6 months of cyclone season exploring.

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 [...]

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
Noumea, New Caledonia to Opua, New Zealand.
30 Photos
Created 27 October 2016
A week on a mooring ball off the uninhabited island of Laregnere. Fantastic snorkeling, beach walks, afternoon games and a yummy potluck with sv Plan Sea and sv Dream Car her.
14 Photos
Created 26 October 2016
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
Noumea
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Created 31 December 1969

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