Adventures at Sea

Vessel Name: TabbyCat
Vessel Make/Model: Maine Cat 41 catamaran
About: Come sail with us: click here for TabbyCat Charters
Extra: We want to hear from you, BUT, if sending us an e-mail, please do not include any attachments, forwards, chain letters, etc and keep messsages short.
23 June 2017 | Whangaeri Town Basin
13 April 2017 | Work done mostly in New Zealnd, with a little done in the Marshall Islands
02 October 2016
12 September 2016
23 May 2016
07 May 2016
22 December 2015
10 November 2015
02 September 2015
24 June 2015 | Fiji
30 May 2015 | Leaving the Marshall Islands
08 February 2015 | Majuro, Marshall Islands
25 November 2014 | en route to the Marshall Islands
17 November 2014 | en route to the Marshall Islands
15 November 2014 | Fiji
01 November 2014 | Viti Levu, Fiji
02 September 2014 | en route to Fiji
06 August 2014 | BoraBora Lagoon
10 July 2014 | Tahaa, Leeward Socity Islands, French Polynesia
Recent Blog Posts
23 June 2017 | Whangaeri Town Basin

We can't decide...

We can't decide which of these sunset photos is the prettiest, so you vote and make the decision for us! They were taken from the stern of TabbyCat, looking upstream towards Whangerei's Town Basin. We're now busy getting ready for our trip to Tonga where we plan to do some whale watching. We will bring [...]

13 April 2017 | Work done mostly in New Zealnd, with a little done in the Marshall Islands

TabbyCat upgrades

For those of you who are interested in seeing what we've done to TabbyCat.

02 October 2016

Peaceful Bay

Greetings from Peaceful Bay, Panama!

12 September 2016

Maine!

Just a quick update- we're in Maine! After a round the world flight, we've done a rafting trip with Greg & Jen down the Penobscot River. Now visiting Jo & Dan, Col's good friend from the Outward Bound days. Will post more photos later....

23 May 2016

Meow!

We just took delivery of our new tender, which we have named "the Cat's Meow" (or "Meow" for short). It's made by OC Tenders, a local NZ company that's owned by Russell, who we met while cruising off the coast of Panama. It's a hard sided dinghy, so no more leaky tubes, loads of storage, planes quickly, a blast to drive, and looks great!

07 May 2016

TabbyCat Projects

"What have you been up to? Why haven't we heard from you two in so long?" We're sure that's what our loyal readers must be saying to thenmselves. No doubt!

When the butter melts...

28 August 2013 | Fijian waters
C&S
"Head north, and when it gets hard, head south" is a saying that Susan's step dad used to recite quite often. Of course, he was talking about sailing in the Caribbean, and we're down under, so the rule here is reversed. Yesterday, Colin & I both noticed that the butter had reached a lovely spreadable consistency, a welcome change from the rock hard - won't even melt on your toast - butter that we have been living with in New Zealand for the past few winter months. Only time will tell if we are forced to actually put the butter in the fridge when we arrive in Fiji. Other harbingers of warm weather: the water temperature has increased from 63° F in New Zealand to 77° as we near Fiji, we've put away the down comforter, and are not wearing wool slippers at all times. We are encouraged by these little signs of fair weather, and can't wait to go swimming - and see some sunshine! Meanwhile, tonight is our last night at sea before our arrival in SavuSavu, Fiji. It's very dark, with no moon, and the heavy cloud cover is obscuring the stars. Very similar to Tierra Oscura in Panama. It's an eerie feeling sailing in the dark, not being able to see the horizon. One can hear the water rush by, but cannot see the waves, except when the occasional dash of phosphorescence lights one up. Rocketing blindly along, unable to see what's ahead, we are relying solely on our chart plotter ....flying instrument flight rules! As your world closes in, you become hypersensitive to any little noise, squeak, smell, or fraction of light. Thinking they might be another vessel or something on shore, reflections on the windows startle you, while creaks that would not even be noticed in daylight now sound ominously loud. We are sailing inside a large bay, and land is just 12 miles to our west. I can't see it, but I can sense it .....both with the electronic instruments on board, and with my own! I can smell it, and its presence makes the hair on the back of my neck stand up. If you want to experience this at home, try this: one evening, turn off all the lights, and then walk from your living room to your kitchen with your eyes closed and your arms down at your sides. That creepy sensation that you get when you come close to an object without hitting it... that's what I'm talking about. When you get to the kitchen, stop and tune in to your other senses. Count how many noises you can hear- the fridge, a distant car, the floor creaking, the sound of your own breathing. Feel the coolness of the floor beneath your feet, smell the odors from last night's dinner. When you can't see, all your other senses work overtime to compensate. Then keep at it for 3 hours, since that's how long a night watch lasts :) This morning dawned grey and drizzly. Not what we ordered, but our destination is on the horizon. And guess who just showed up to welcome us to their bay, and escort us in? A huge pod of dolphins. How would they know we are here? Who knows. Who cares. If those guys, and their carefree joyful antics, don't put a smile on ones face then I guess you really have forgotten what it means to be alive.
Comments
TabbyCat's Photos - Main
5 Photos
Created 23 June 2017
We call this our Maine Cat 41 "Cruiser Edition"
64 Photos
Created 13 April 2017
Life in the Jungle! Building our dream....
20 Photos
Created 2 October 2016
March - April 2016
50 Photos
Created 4 June 2016
2016 projects in NZ: Windows, Escape Hatches, Cabinets, Floor refinishing, Cabinet re-varnishing, etc etc.
17 Photos
Created 7 May 2016
32 of our favorite photos from 2015
31 Photos
Created 22 December 2015
Our new cork floors & triton shell given to us by locals
10 Photos
Created 10 November 2015
Circumnavigation of Vanua Levu, including a visit to Rambi Island
49 Photos
Created 7 November 2015
July & August 2015
6 Photos
Created 19 August 2015
Marshall Islands from Dec 1, 2014 to May 27, 2015
14 Photos
Created 17 June 2015
138 Photos
Created 12 April 2015
56 Photos
Created 8 April 2015
39 Photos
Created 8 April 2015
7 degrees north of the Equator for the hurricane season!
23 Photos
Created 8 February 2015
34 Photos
Created 15 November 2014
57 Photos
Created 1 November 2014
Whale watching in Niue
19 Photos
Created 9 September 2014
40 Photos
Created 11 August 2014
20 Photos
Created 28 July 2014
from NZ to Austral Islands (Raivavae & Tubai), then on to Tahiti
35 Photos
Created 28 June 2014
Northern NZ
21 Photos
Created 2 May 2014
Wandering about the north island
22 Photos
Created 4 April 2014
Bay of Islands, Great Barrier Island
42 Photos
Created 29 January 2014
Near Auckland, on the east coast of the North Island of New Zealand
23 Photos
Created 19 January 2014
favorites from USA, NZ & Fiji
50 Photos
Created 25 December 2013
14 Photos
Created 4 December 2013
FIJI
29 Photos
Created 10 November 2013
20 Photos
Created 20 October 2013
Flotilla leaving Whangarei, NZ to celebrate the opening of the new Bridge
17 Photos
Created 31 July 2013
Windows, propeller, facucet, etc
14 Photos
Created 27 June 2013
12 Photos
Created 7 May 2013
Repairs ashore in Whangarei, NZ
19 Photos
Created 16 April 2013
60 Photos
Created 23 January 2013
120 Photos
Created 11 January 2013
Tahiti Moorea Rarotonga Niue
12 Photos
Created 1 November 2012
Sharks & other marine life
13 Photos
Created 26 September 2012
Yet more photos from Rangiroa, where we stayed for 3 weeks...
11 Photos
Created 17 September 2012
More photos from our second week in Rangiroa
12 Photos
Created 6 September 2012
in the Marquesas, French Polynesia July 2012
1 Photo
Created 27 August 2012
August 2012 Rangiroa is the 2nd largest Atoll in the world
15 Photos
Created 26 August 2012
In the Tuamotos, a nation of Atolls- rings of coral islets atop extinct volcanos
17 Photos
Created 23 August 2012
Tahuata & Ua Pou Islands
15 Photos
Created 9 August 2012
Fatu Hiva in the Marquesas, French Polynesia
20 Photos
Created 30 July 2012
Gambier Islands, Tuamotos, French Polynesia, July 2012
23 Photos
Created 12 July 2012
June 2012
26 Photos
Created 26 June 2012