Sailing with Nine of Cups

Vessel Name: Nine of Cups
Vessel Make/Model: Liberty 458
Hailing Port: Denver, Colorado, USA
Crew: Marcie & David
About: We've lived aboard Nine of Cups since 2000 and have managed to accumulate 86,000+ nm under the keel since that time. We completed a circumnavigation in April 2015 and managed to sail around the five great southern capes. Come along with us for the ride!
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Visit our website at www.nineofcups.com for more photos and info about Nine of Cups and her crew. We also have a more extensive blogsite at www.justalittlefurther.com. Are some of our links broken? Links break from time to time. Please let us know which ones are broken and we'll fix them. You [...]
05 January 2017 | Chesapeake, VA
07 July 2016 | Us: East Walpole, MA / Cups: Chesapeake, VA
06 July 2016 | East Walpole, MA
04 July 2016 | East Walpole, MA
02 July 2016 | East Walpole, MA
01 July 2016 | Virginia Beach, Virginia
30 June 2016 | Chesapeake, VA
29 June 2016 | Chesapeake, VA
28 June 2016 | Intracoastal Waterway from St Augustine to Norfolk
27 June 2016 | Intracoastal Waterway from St Augustine to Norfolk
26 June 2016 | Intracoastal Waterway from St Augustine to Norfolk
25 June 2016 | Intracoastal Waterway from St Augustine to Norfolk
24 June 2016 | Intracoastal Waterway from St Augustine to Norfolk
23 June 2016 | Intracoastal Waterway from St Augustine to Norfolk
22 June 2016 | Intracoastal Waterway from St Augustine to Norfolk
21 June 2016 | Intracoastal Waterway from St Augustine to Norfolk
20 June 2016 | Charleston, South Carolina, USA
19 June 2016 | Charleston, South Carolina, USA
18 June 2016 | Intracoastal Waterway from St Augustine to Norfolk
17 June 2016 | Intracoastal Waterway from St Augustine to Norfolk
Recent Blog Posts
05 January 2017 | Chesapeake, VA

Happy 2017!

Happy New Year, Everyone!

07 July 2016 | Us: East Walpole, MA / Cups: Chesapeake, VA

Taking a breather ...

Since we'll be off the boat during July and August, we plan to post only three times per week. The Captain will continue writing a practical Blue View post each week, we'll keep you up to date on what's happening with us and then throw in some cruising nuggets as well.

06 July 2016 | East Walpole, MA

Keeping fit

We’ve written before about keeping fit on the boat. David is so much better at a regimented exercise program than I am. I have all the best intentions, but I can always think of something better to do than sit-ups, push-ups, leg lifts and running in place. It doesn’t take much to distract me. Walking, [...]

04 July 2016 | East Walpole, MA

Happy 240th Birthday, America

Growing up in New England, I took for granted just how lovely a summer’s morning can be in Massachusetts. It’s comfortably cool and everything smells clean and fresh. Spider webs glisten with morning dew and it’s just great to be alive and breathe in the new day. Being back at Lin’s house conjures up wonderful childhood memories of summer mornings past. And this is not just any morning … it’s the 4th of July, the best holiday of the summertime in the USA.

02 July 2016 | East Walpole, MA

Leaving Cups and a Road Trip

Leaving Nine of Cups is never easy. We know she’ll pout while we’re gone and so we do our best to make sure she’s as comfortable as possible before we leave. We were whirling dervishes trying to get everything ready.

01 July 2016 | Virginia Beach, Virginia

Hunting & Gathering - Virginia Beach

We had lots to do before leaving Cups. David was intent on getting as many chores done in advance of our departure as possible so that once we return in September, we can spend time sailing in the Chesapeake rather than doing repairs and maintenance. Much of what we needed in the way of parts and supplies, [...]

That's Crazy - overwhelming ads for underwhelming products

31 December 1969 | Boston, USA
Marcie
Flying to and from Denver recently, we were looking for something to keep us occupied. There were no movies, no meals, no music and we finished our books. The crossword puzzles and Suduko had already been done. We picked up a copy of Sky Mall from the "seat back pocket in front of us" and began chuckling over the bizarre products ads we found.

We loved the ad for the Soma Wave Helmet ($79.95) which allows you to enter "a state of euphoria", but not to be worn "while operating heavy machinery". You can use it at your desk, on your commute or in front of the TV. As if?

A similar "helmet" product, the iGrow Hair Rejunevation System ($695...yikes!) promises "thicker, fuller looking hair in weeks - guaranteed." This is clinic-based, proven technology and since it's advertised in Sky Mall, it's got to be legit.

Moving right along, you can get a custom pet portrait canvas ($49) where your favorite cat or pooch is posed as a 17th century noble. Wow! There's also an option for Super Weiner Garden Sculpture ($39.95), i.e. a flying, red-caped, masked dachshund. Really?

Now we get to the more mundane offerings. "The World's First Suitcase That Kills Bed Bugs!". We didn't know this was such a huge problem for road warriors, but evidently it is. The Thermal Strike suitcase reaches temps of 140ºF (60ºC) with its ultra-thin heating system and integrated electronics, then shuts off automatically. Evidently bed bugs toast with all that heat. Leading expert and bed bug entomologist, Richard Cooper, highly recommends this product. There was no option for bed bug carcass disposal once you've fried them all, but maybe we just didn't look far enough in the magazine. A matched set of this luggage will only set you back $709.

And finally, the ultimate in marketing "The Wordsmith's Manual Typewriter" ($199.95). Yes, a manual typewriter that "recalls the thoughtful, well-written correspondence of yesteryear. Devoid of technological crutches like spell-check and deletion ... faithfully reproduces eclectic printed impressions ...variable kerning, subtly ghosted letters and nuanced baseline shifts..." Bravo! I was a marketer in my past life and prided myself in selling the value/benefit aspects of any product, but this BS really goes over the top.

So my question to you ....do people actually buy this crazy stuff?

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