Adventures at Sea

Vessel Name: TabbyCat
Vessel Make/Model: Maine Cat 41 catamaran
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25 November 2017
10 October 2017 | Nuku 'Aloofa, Tonga
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
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25 November 2017

On the road again....

Since we last wrote, we've had some high adventures, but tonight's missive comes from the not so exotic location of LAX airport. We're halfway through our journey from Whangarei New Zealand to Bocas Panama. Two flights down, two to go.

10 October 2017 | Nuku 'Aloofa, Tonga

Tonga!

After many months of hard work on boat projects, we finally left New Zealand. Stopping on the way to Tonga at South Minerva Reef, we were able to enjoy the Atoll all to ourselves, Minerva [...]</p>
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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....

On the road again....

25 November 2017
Since we last wrote, we've had some high adventures, but tonight's missive comes from the not so exotic location of LAX airport. We're halfway through our journey from Whangarei New Zealand to Bocas Panama. Two flights down, two to go.
Having enjoyed a month in Nuka'Alofa, Tonga, anchored off Big Mamama's a quintessential beach bar,
Big Mama's
getting a bit of kiteboarding practice in, all too soon it was time to begin the 1,000 nm trip south to NZ.

We stopped off for nearly a week en-route at North Minerva Reef , an atoll 300nm SW of Tonga in the company of 17 other yachts. Truly delighted with the incredible water clarity and happy to see numerous rays, turtles and some of the biggest lobsters we've ever seen. The coral ring of the atoll only just peeks above the surface at low tide twice a day. It was quite surreal to be able to walk the reef at those times, knowing we were safely anchored in 20' while just yards away it was 5,000 feet deep! We found flounder, sea urchins sea cucumbers, and many little fish trapped in the pools.Urchin

We left North Minerva on the leading edge of a large low pressure system, and despite a frustrating 24 hour period during which the winds died completely, TabbyCat made excellent time, completing the last 500 miles in just over 2 1/2 days. She's now safely in the marina, while we go to plant trees and tend trails for a couple of months in Panamanian jungle.

For more photos of Tonga and South Minerva, click here

Tonga!

10 October 2017 | Nuku 'Aloofa, Tonga
After many months of hard work on boat projects, we finally left New Zealand. Stopping on the way to Tonga at South Minerva Reef, we were able to enjoy the Atoll all to ourselves, Minerva Reef
(except for the company of a couple of grey reef sharks!) Grey Reef Shark
Colin got his hair cut, thus adding to his ever growing list of exotic barbershop locations. Haircut Rock
We are now happily anchored off Big Mama's in Nuka 'Alofa, Tonga.

click here to see more photos

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....
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