Adventures at Sea

Vessel Name: TabbyCat
Vessel Make/Model: Maine Cat 41 catamaran
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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!

Still wandering about NZ

03 April 2014 | Great Barrier Island to Opua, NZ
S&C
Just checked our last blog entry date - boy have we been slothful! We do have some good excuses though ...... lots of wandering, work, and guests onboard. So let's pick up where we last left off, at Great Barrier Island. We spent over two weeks in the lovely protected anchorages just south of Port Fitzroy with lots of paddleboarding & hiking to keep us occupied. Highlights included seeing our first New Zealand Blue Penguin, exploring the numerous trails that make up the Kaiaraara Track which encircles the central highlands of the Island, renewing old acquaintances and making new ones. Most days we hiked, and by the end of our stay felt confident enough to tackle the 6 hour round trip to the summit of Mount Hobson ( Hirakimata in Maori ) ..... which at 621 meters ( 2037') is the highest elevation on the island. It is probably the only peak that either of us have climbed with hundreds of wooden steps leading up to the summit. These have been placed there to protect the habitat of the black petrel, which is native to NZ and only breeds on Great & Little Barrier Islands. They nest in burrows under tree roots which are easily damaged by hikers. We have to admit to a certain amount of skepticism regarding the necessity for this massive project, but had to eat humble pie when we chanced upon a couple of ornithologists who were in the process of extricating a mature adult from its burrow in order to check its leg band. They were more than happy to show us the bird and educate us as to the breeding habits of this shy ocean wanderer. (They winter over in Chile). At the summit, on the observation platform, we were delighted to meet up with our good friends Jan & Richard of Slipaway. Also during our stay on the island we reunited, and enjoyed dinner, with friends Neville and Robbie from Catwagon and had the pleasure of making the acquaintance of the crew of Robbery, Graeme Jane & their charming children Matthew & Laura. The one low point of our visit was our encounter with Waitanguru, a small but very solidly built kauri motor launch. The anchorage had become rather crowded, and when TabbyCat swung wildly on a strong gust of wind there was a loud bang and we suddenly found ourselves impaled on Waitanguru's bowsprit. It took some maneuvering to disengage ourselves, as their anchor chain ended up underneath our hull just ahead of the propeller, but we disengaged without further damage. Les, the owner of the boat , came over for a friendly chat later on and there were no hard feelings on either side, but it did mean that TabbyCat would have to replace both port Plexiglas windows. While our original plan had been to haul out in Nelson on the south Island while we visited the USA, given our recent mishap, coupled with oil & waters leaks in the engine rooms, we decided that it would be better to take care of our maintenance issues sooner rather than later. Thus it was that we found ourselves back in the Whangarei river for a haul out at Norsands in early February. In addition to replacing the port side windows, removing both saildrives and replacing all oil & water seals, we also had Arthur "the prop guy" add 1/2" to each propeller blade. We also managed to slap on a coat of bottom paint, buff & polish the topsides and have the "out of water" portion of our 10-year survey completed. Add in the usual assortment of projects, and we did not re-launch until February 27th. We were delighted to discover that with a clean hull, and Arthur's magic, the boat will now motor at 9 knots with both engines, and 7 knots on one ..... speeds which TabbyCat has not attained since she was new and a lot less loaded down with cruising gear.

Maintenance chores completed, it was time to head back to Opua for a busy social schedule: First to visit us were Col's sister-in-law Bozena, accompanied by her sister Plu & brother-in-law Tony, from Vancouver, Canada. They were followed by Greg & Jen who had previously visited TC in French Polynesia, but this time were accompanied by their boys, Grant & Nate, who enjoyed learning how to paddleboard. Finally, Col's sister Sue flew in from England in advance of niece Katia's wedding which we will be attending in 10 days time. With a large high pressure zone hanging over NZ, all three groups of visitors enjoyed wonderful weather, calm seas & smooth sailing. Unfortunately Sue was the only one whose timing was good enough to include dolphins swimming alongside the boat. In any event, a fun time was had by all. Between visits we shared an anchorage with friends Steve and Dorothy of Adagio as we both took refuge from Cyclone Lusi. We were reasonably comfortable as we got battered with wind speeds of up to 55 kts, but had some anxious moments with a French boat in front of us. During the storm their headsail became partially unfurled and they had a really hard time getting it under control. Meanwhile they were sailing wildly on their anchor, and getting violently whipped about when they came to the end of their scope. We spent an hour or so with the engines running, hoping to be able to motor out of the way in the event that their holding failed. Needless to say we were relieved that it didn't ...... and very impressed with their anchor, a CQR for those that are interested. After the storm Steve and Dorothy introduced us to a beautiful anchorage off the Te Pahi islands which we had never visited. We also wandered up the KeriKeri river as far as is navigable and spent an enjoyable 2 days anchored outside the Stone Store ...... NZ's oldest surviving stone building. Currently we are enjoying a few days on our own, in what is for us an as yet unexplored area of the BOI (Bay of Islands). Next week we will be heading out on a short road trip to Whanganui where we will be enjoying celebrating niece Katia's & Brett's union.

Some of you may be asking "What about your proposed trip to the South Island?" Well between our unforeseen early haul out, & our relaxed wanderings round the BOI & Hauraki Gulf, time just seemed to get away from us. There will always be next year!

Right now though, it's time to go paddleboarding...
Wouldn't you like to try it? Come on out!

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Life in the Jungle! Building our dream....
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March - April 2016
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2016 projects in NZ: Windows, Escape Hatches, Cabinets, Floor refinishing, Cabinet re-varnishing, etc etc.
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32 of our favorite photos from 2015
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Circumnavigation of Vanua Levu, including a visit to Rambi Island
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July & August 2015
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Marshall Islands from Dec 1, 2014 to May 27, 2015
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Whale watching in Niue
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from NZ to Austral Islands (Raivavae & Tubai), then on to Tahiti
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Northern NZ
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Wandering about the north island
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Bay of Islands, Great Barrier Island
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Near Auckland, on the east coast of the North Island of New Zealand
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favorites from USA, NZ & Fiji
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FIJI
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Flotilla leaving Whangarei, NZ to celebrate the opening of the new Bridge
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Windows, propeller, facucet, etc
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Repairs ashore in Whangarei, NZ
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Tahiti Moorea Rarotonga Niue
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Sharks & other marine life
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Yet more photos from Rangiroa, where we stayed for 3 weeks...
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More photos from our second week in Rangiroa
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in the Marquesas, French Polynesia July 2012
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August 2012 Rangiroa is the 2nd largest Atoll in the world
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In the Tuamotos, a nation of Atolls- rings of coral islets atop extinct volcanos
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Tahuata & Ua Pou Islands
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Fatu Hiva in the Marquesas, French Polynesia
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