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!

We can't decide...

23 June 2017 | Whangaeri Town Basin
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 you up date soon on our months in the jungle and the latest TabbyCat news.
click here to see all 5 sunset photos...

TabbyCat upgrades

13 April 2017 | Work done mostly in New Zealnd, with a little done in the Marshall Islands
For those of you who are interested in seeing what we've done to TabbyCat.
Back in New Zealand as of May 2017. Enjoying our new amidship cabinets.
Amidship cabinets

Peaceful Bay

02 October 2016
Greetings from Peaceful Bay, Panama!
The gang has been busy working on electrical projects, in the garden, and out in the jungle. In between the hours of sweaty labor, we've been lucky enough to see Green Parrots, Hummingbirds, starfish, Armadillos, sloths, big ass toads, red frogs, Oro Pendolo Birds, Hawks, Bats, fireflies, phosphorescence, butterflies, enormous palmetto bugs, and assorted flying insects. We've also been learning the names of the tress and flowers that surround us. If you're curious as to what we've been up to, click on this link for more photos...

Maine!

12 September 2016
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....

Meow!

23 May 2016
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!

TabbyCat Projects

07 May 2016
"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!
As is our custom when in New Zealand, we've come up with a long list of things that the skilled craftsmen here can assist us with.
Always sanding...
Our primary reason for returning to NZ was to have Steve E., master cabinet maker, plastics fashioner, upholsterer, and general "fix-it guy" install glass windows on the back half of TabbyCat. Regular readers of this blog may recall that Steve installed windows on the front half of the boat 3 years ago.

We've been so pleased with them (dry, clear and safe) that we decided to bite the bullet and come back to NZ one more time to similarly encase the rear of the boat. And ...... since we were here, and having gotten Steve's attention focused on our to-do list, why not a few more things? The list morphed into 14 major items, including new cabinets in both hulls, a re-make of the office, a laundry room, refinishing the downstairs cork floors and cabinets, a valence for the upstairs windows, replacing the "escape hatches" (both leaking "acccidents waiting to happen") with solid 12mm plexi windows, and even a new built in-toolbox.
Replacing Escape Hatch
refinished floors
The biggest "this isn't easy, ya know" project, by far, was the back windows. As Steve frequently pointed out, our boat has lots of curves, and most of them are slightly different from one side to the other. Since bending flat glass around corners was not economically feasible, Steve was able to give the appearance of rounded corners by making the columns round.
round column
This isn't easy, ya know!
Installed but not painted yet
That required adding on an extension to the aft part of the cabin, which will be cleverly disguised as a planter for herbs and flowers.
Extension
The mold
Teamwork!
Installed mold
Dust was flying everywhere, so we made a wise decision to let the workers get on with the mess and went for a family vacation to Panama with Susan's Mom.
Dust!
When we returned, the columns were installed, but fiberglass dust was everywhere, and we had to sleep in the cockpit for a week while work was completed on the cabinets below decks. Susan worked on sanding down and repairing a few blisters on our rudders while Colin worked as Steve's assistant.
Steve & his assistant
Carpenter's humor
The two of them masterminded a mutiny and convinced the captain that now was the time to "straighten" the waterline. Not "raise" mind you, but "straighten".
The mutineers
New waterline
The captain got even by requesting that a leaky through hull be replaced with less than 24 hours to go before launch.
Mischief!
We're happy to report that the messy part of the project is over and we're back to sailing about this beautiful land. In fact, we've had two sets of guests since re-launching - Maggie, one of Colin's friends from Outward Bound visited us for a month, and Rick & Bozena, Colin's Brother & Sister-in-law, visited us for a long weekend. We'll post separate entries for those two visits, as we took some rather nice photos during all the walks we went on. Thanks for reading & keeping in touch,
C&S
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