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Vessel Name: Pied-a-Mer III
Vessel Make/Model: Seawind 1160 Catamaran
Hailing Port: Clatskanie, OR
Crew: Pam & Eric
About: Pam (the Admiral among other things) Our wonderful boat cat Rose spent her final year with Terrell in the US. She lived a good life, loved to sail!
Extra: Pied-a-Mer III is our home. We live where the wind takes us. Currently we are in New Zealand for storm season.
20 September 2019 | Gili Gede, Indonesia
09 June 2019
06 December 2018 | Slip H10. Bay of Islands Marina
23 November 2018
04 November 2018 | Opua, New Zealand
04 November 2018 | Opua
09 May 2018 | Vava’u, The Kingdom of Tonga
07 February 2018 | Samoa
07 February 2018 | Tonga
28 April 2017 | Great Barrier Island
05 February 2017 | Opua, New Zealand
09 November 2016 | Bay of Islands, New Zealand
26 October 2016 | Baie de Kuto, Isle of Pines
11 October 2016 | PortmSud
10 October 2016 | Port Moselle Marina. Noumea, New Caledonia
12 August 2016 | Vuda Marina, Fiji
09 July 2016 | Isle de Pines
Recent Blog Posts
20 September 2019 | Gili Gede, Indonesia

Where Is Pied-a-Mer III?

Greetings from Indonesia. I think the last time I wrote we were waiting out storm season in New Zealand and completing the work after our 2018 dismasting. Putting Pied-a-Mer back together again seemed to be almost as difficult as “All the kings horses and all the kings men”, trying to fix [...]

09 June 2019

PAST 6 MONTHS

What have we been doing? Well, I know one thing that we have not been doing! For many reasons, none of them really sound, I have not paid any attention to our blog. Must remedy that!

14 December 2018

MAST COMING OFF---THIS TIME SCHEDULED!

The day before yesterday we motored out of slip H10, tootled around a bit in the bay and then tied up to the wharf where a crane was waiting to remove the mast. This was double excitement as we were moving under engine power, something we hadn't done since half way through our last passage from Savusavu [...]

06 December 2018 | Slip H10. Bay of Islands Marina

TRAVELING MAST

Here we are, one week into December. The last word we had on our mast was that it was shipped on the cargo ship, ANL WARRNAMBOO (that's not a typo), expected to arrive in Tauranga on December 7th. The mast will travel by train to the main inland terminal in Auckland, the container unpacked, checked by customs and should be in Opua on the 17th. We're crossing fingers and toes.

24 November 2018

IN A MARINA——WHAT DO WE DO ALL DAY?

Our routine on Pied-a-Mer III changes with the location, season and weather. We are in New Zealand for cyclone season and, at the moment we are in the Bay Of Islands Marina. We are still dealing with issues from our dismasting last May and new problems that occurred on our passage from SavuSavu to [...]

23 November 2018

New Zealand Thanksgiving

One of the many nice things about living for 6 months in the Southern Hemisphere is celebrating holidays. We get to celebrate twice! Our New Zealand Thanksgiving was last Thursday, November 22-Thanksgiving On The Green. We celebrated with our "Cruising Family", a tailgate potluck.

Where Is Pied-a-Mer III?

20 September 2019 | Gili Gede, Indonesia
Pam
Greetings from Indonesia. I think the last time I wrote we were waiting out storm season in New Zealand and completing the work after our 2018 dismasting. Putting Pied-a-Mer back together again seemed to be almost as difficult as “All the kings horses and all the kings men”, trying to fix Humpty Dumpty! The dismasting set our sailing plan back over a year and involved parts, parcels, pieces and advice from friends, chandleries, electronic companies, etc. in 5 countries. However, there is no better community for helping each other than the cruising community.

On May 15, after 7 months in The Bay of Islands, New Zealand, we set sail for New Caledonia, arriving in Nouméa on May 23. This was our first Ocean Passage with the new portion of our mast and all of the new pieces and parts needed to make us again seaworthy. Our passage was a typical mix of reefing, motor sailing, addressing a chaffing reef line and hailing ships that were coming our way. We left New Caledonia on June 13 and arrived in Papua New Guiana on June 25, clearing into the country at The Royal Papua Yacht Club. July 10 saw us on the move again as we set sail for Indonesia and its 18,307 islands. We arrived on July 18, clearing into the country in Saumlaki, Gateway to the Tanimbar Islands. We then island hopped to our current location of Marina Del Ray on the very small island of Gili Gede which is on the southwest corner of the island of Lombok. As a point of reference, Lombok is close to Bali. In another newsletter, we'll talk about how we got to Gili Gede, the people we met and the things we did.

We arrived at Marina Del Ray with an outboard that didn't work and needing a part for our Honda 2000 Generator. We ordered the Honda part from the US and much to our surprise it arrived on the scheduled date (a lengthy piece could be written about receiving or not receiving packages mailed to remote locations). We now have a working generator which means we can use our watermaker! Our outboard is working thanks to the marina engineer.
The popular cruiser phrase, “Plans are made in the sand at low tide” is so very true. Much of our time at Gili Gede has been associated with major changes to our navigation planâ€�"â€�"stay tuned!



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PAST 6 MONTHS

09 June 2019
Eric Sellix
What have we been doing? Well, I know one thing that we have not been doing! For many reasons, none of them really sound, I have not paid any attention to our blog. Must remedy that!

I am going to do a very condensed version. My last posting was in December when we motored to the big wharf in Opua New Zealand to have our mast removed. Tempo Spars in Sydney had made a new bottom half for our mast, shipped it to New Zealand and J.B Marine in Opua did the work of putting us back together.

MAST COMING OFF---THIS TIME SCHEDULED!

14 December 2018
The day before yesterday we motored out of slip H10, tootled around a bit in the bay and then tied up to the wharf where a crane was waiting to remove the mast. This was double excitement as we were moving under engine power, something we hadn't done since half way through our last passage from Savusavu to New Zealand.

We left early in the morning, calm water in the marina and brilliant sunshine. Pied-a-Mer was smiling even though she was under motor power. It didn't take long for Rob (NSR) to climb the mast and to attach it to the crane. With guidance from 2 NSR staff and Eric the mast was guided off the boat, up over the wharf and onto the cement for transport to NSR. We motored back to slip H10.

TRAVELING MAST

06 December 2018 | Slip H10. Bay of Islands Marina
Pam
Here we are, one week into December. The last word we had on our mast was that it was shipped on the cargo ship, ANL WARRNAMBOO (that's not a typo), expected to arrive in Tauranga on December 7th. The mast will travel by train to the main inland terminal in Auckland, the container unpacked, checked by customs and should be in Opua on the 17th. We're crossing fingers and toes.

IN A MARINA——WHAT DO WE DO ALL DAY?

24 November 2018
Our routine on Pied-a-Mer III changes with the location, season and weather. We are in New Zealand for cyclone season and, at the moment we are in the Bay Of Islands Marina. We are still dealing with issues from our dismasting last May and new problems that occurred on our passage from SavuSavu to New Zealand.

Our days begin around 0530 or 0600. The bathrooms and showers are a short walk from our slip. The facilities are very new and modern. One $2.00 NZ coin gives you a 5 minute hot shower.
Back at the boat by 0700 for breakfast and,on weekdays, the 0800
VHF Cruisers Net. Tuesday I am the Net Host which means I open the net and use the following script: "Good morning and Welcome to the (in this case), Opua Cruisers Net on Tuesday December 5, 2018." The following categories are covered:
1. Is there any medical or emergency traffic? Come now.
2. It's time for check-ins. Who is out there this morning? Please give us your name and boat name.
3. Weather. ( A brief synopsis of the day's forecast with tide information.) Any comments on the weather?
4. Announcements, social, educational, anything?
5. Rides. Anyone needing a ride or offering a ride?
6. Services needed or wanted?
7. Treasures of the bilge. Swap, trade or sell.
8. Crew wanted or wanting to crew?
9. Anything about anything?, come now. If nothing heard after "anything about anything" the net is closed.

Now it’s time for a second cup of coffee and reviewing what we need or want to do the rest of the day. Eric is in charge of repairs, which at the moment are monumental. There seem to always be a few phone calls....Australia, U.S. and local New Zealand. In each country we visit we get a SIM card for our phone. The phone plus Skype allows us to pretty much talk to all of the people we need advice from, order parts from or general information. Our phone plan in New Zealand is called “Skinny” and through it we can call the US for six cents a minute and no charge for New Zealand or Australia. So, Eric works on all that is needed to get us back out sailing and I go about my day.

Marina life allows me the ability to walk off the boat whenever I please. This makes a big difference in almost everything that I do.
A good example is grocery shopping, I feel like a “kid in a candy store” when I shop in New Zealand. I can buy almost any ingredient or food item that I want and don’t have to provision for several days at a time. There is no “waiting for the supply ship” to bring flour, apples, cabbage, cheese, etc. as we have found in some of the South Pacific. I can walk to the Opua Grocery (tho something’s are quite expensive) or catch a ride into Pahia or KeriKeri. This allows me to have all of the fresh produce that I want. There is no need for powdered eggs, powdered milk and New Zealand has wonderful whole grain breads.
TO BE CONTINUED. WORK IN PROGRESS.



New Zealand Thanksgiving

23 November 2018
One of the many nice things about living for 6 months in the Southern Hemisphere is celebrating holidays. We get to celebrate twice! Our New Zealand Thanksgiving was last Thursday, November 22-Thanksgiving On The Green. We celebrated with our "Cruising Family", a tailgate potluck.

As our "family" is comprised of folks from many different countries, an explanation of a "tailgate potluck" was in order.

The next day we celebrated Thanksgiving in the US by phoning our kids/grandkids and messages to friends. We saw many Thanksgiving tables and smiling faces on Face Book. We are thankful for continuing good health, wonderful family and friends and the opportunity to live this unique lifestyle.

Pied-a-Mer III's Photos - Main
36 Photos
Created 15 October 2019
Arrived at Nongsa Point Marina late afternoon on Thursday 10-10-19. Saturday we took the ferry for a day trip to Singapore and the APPLE store.
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Created 15 October 2019
8 day passage to Nongsa Point Marina. Good passage however, no wind the last 400 nm had to motor.
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Created 15 October 2019
29 Photos
Created 20 August 2019
Marina Del Ray —-August 8-October 2, 2019
73 Photos | 2 Sub-Albums
Created 20 August 2019
July31-August 3 anchored Ling Flores. August 4 overnight to Rinca Island.
23 Photos
Created 20 August 2019
July 23-27. Passage from Saumlaki to Kalahabi on Alor
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Created 20 August 2019
Had some pretty good swells on this passage. For the first time the refrigerator door flew open and contents of fridge flew onto the floor. Eric was able to hook a bungy cord to hold it closed.
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Created 2 July 2019
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Created 1 July 2019
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Created 1 July 2019
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Created 9 June 2019
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Created 9 June 2019
LIVE STREAMING OF DIEGO’S BASEBALL GAMES
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Created 9 June 2019
STILL IN OPUA
13 Photos
Created 10 March 2019
26 Photos
Created 9 February 2019
Happy New Year and here's hoping for smooth sailing in 2019.
38 Photos
Created 1 January 2019
We will be here in the marina for another month. Hopefully, by the end of December we will have working engines and a new bottom half of our mast. Our sail drives need to be examined which means we have to be hauled out. We’re looking into the possibility of having the mast work and saildrive work done in one haulout. If this is ‘t Possible we will have to have the mast replaced while in the water and then haul out for sail drives.
44 Photos
Created 4 December 2018
Random photos of what we eat on Pied-a-Mer III. Passage meals are a bit different from anchor or marina meals.
65 Photos
Created 24 November 2018
We’ve been here in the Bay of Islands Marina, slip H10, for a month and a half.
22 Photos
Created 14 November 2018
11 day passage from Savu Savu to Opua——Bay of Islands Marina.
17 Photos
Created 24 October 2018
Five day passage to Savu Savu and two weeks on Waitui Mooring.
6 Photos
Created 24 October 2018
Here’s hoping that by this time next week we will have a sea worthy vessel. Roly the Rigger is due tomorrow to help with the stepping the mast and tuning the rigging. It’s been a long four months. We We’ve cruisers. Cruisershave learlot about dealing with an insurance claim, ordering parts from various countries and receiving them and locating services on a small South Pacific Island.
22 Photos
Created 13 September 2018
Josh Bell, the surveyor that Pantaenius sent from Brisbane, spent a day and a half going over the boat. We have waited a week for his report to be completed and sent to Pantaenius—-waiting, waiting. Day to Day events remain pretty much the same in the harbor except for one huge change. The derelict fishing boats were ordered to move by marina officials. We now have a view and no clanging and banging.
38 Photos
Created 7 June 2018
Arriving May 15 in American Samoa, under motor bringing mast along side the boat.
37 Photos
Created 25 May 2018
This was our second attempt to do a passage to Hawaii. Last November we left from American Samoa but had fuel, engine and ripped main issues. May 11 we again tried to do the passage leaving from Neiafu, Tonga. On May 15, we dismasted but we’re able to lash the mast on to the port side of the boat and motor to Pago Pago, American Samoa.
32 Photos
Created 25 May 2018
We continue to wait in Nieafu. We waited for finishing boat work, new sails from Australia, and leaving the boatyard, repairing the port engine once we had splashed, Eric's elbow to heal, Honda generator and oitboard to be fixed or not fixed.
13 Photos
Created 5 May 2018
Returned to Pied-a-Mer after a three month visit in the US. Arrangements had been made for someone to check the boat a couple of times a week and other than a film of mold,which we expected, everything was good. The weather is hotter that #@¥^_¥£ and it takes longer to do very simple tasks. It’s necessary to wear a sweat head band or it’s impossible to see.
8 Photos
Created 2 April 2018
More of road trip with Patty and Steve.
26 Photos
Created 12 March 2018
Arriving back in Neiafu with torn main. Sail repair and readying the boat for a 2 1/2 month visit to the states.
13 Photos
Created 27 February 2018
Leaving the boat in The Boatyard in Nieafu for storm season——spending 2 1/2 months in the states with family and friends.
40 Photos
Created 27 February 2018
Checking back into Tonga, Christmas.
39 Photos
Created 1 January 2018
Neiafu to Hawaii——nope, Tonga
11 Photos
Created 1 January 2018
2017–First visit to Pago Pago in 2017 with Patty and Steve on SV Armagh.
40 Photos
Created 1 January 2018
Two weeks in Samoa. Pied-a-Mer III in a slip at Apia Marina along with Armagh. Wonderful visit in a very laid-back, beautiful country. Probably the neatest, tidiest,most pristine island we have seen in The Pacific.
55 Photos
Created 6 November 2017
Joan & Mike Mellon visit from Santa Cruz, Calif. a wonderful three weeks of friendship, snorkeling, and rudders.
9 Photos
Created 30 October 2017
Many activities surrounding the birthday of King Aho'eitu Tupou VI Two nights of a Military Tattoo, an Agricultural Fair, Feasts, decorated boats. We saw and were close to the King on several occasions. Close enough to see his feet with black and silver NIKES.
63 Photos
Created 30 October 2017
Arrived in Nuku'alofa on Sunday May 28, 2017 from Opua, New Zealand. 10 days and 9 nights at sea. February 2018 Tongatapu was badly damaged by Cyclone Gita. Worst storm to hit the island in 60 years. Pied-a-Mer III was in Neiafu, Vava'u and Eric and I were in Oregon.
21 Photos
Created 21 July 2017
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Created 23 April 2017
Wonderful anchorage, beautiful land.
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Created 23 April 2017
Wonderful hiking on Great Barrier.
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Created 20 April 2017
A morning tour of Hobbiton. When we made our reservation, I thought the price of $79.00/ person was a little steep but it was so worth the money. Great place.
30 Photos
Created 8 April 2017
Visiting Min & Terrell
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Created 7 February 2017
Home base New Zealand, pile mooring at Town Basin.
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Created 25 January 2017
Great day trip.
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Created 25 January 2017
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Created 25 January 2017
Hosted by Gary McGuire who we met in Mexico at one of our potluck S.
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Created 25 January 2017
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Created 24 January 2017
Indian Celebration--Ratha Yatra. Parade through the streets of Whangarei. Music, dancing and a sumptuous lunch---vegetarian--in the Cafler Park Rose Gardens.
15 Photos
Created 24 January 2017
Arrived in Whangarei on December 9, 2016. On a pile mooring at Town Basin.
15 Photos
Created 13 January 2017
November 4, 2016-December 8, 2016
84 Photos
Created 30 December 2016
Noumea, New Caledonia to Opua, New Zealand.
30 Photos
Created 27 October 2016
A week on a mooring ball off the uninhabited island of Laregnere. Fantastic snorkeling, beach walks, afternoon games and a yummy potluck with sv Plan Sea and sv Dream Car her.
14 Photos
Created 26 October 2016
Along with friends, Mike and Joan Mellon, we sailed the Mamanukas and Yasawa islands. We had a fabulous time.
27 Photos
Created 10 October 2016
Pittwater, Cowan Creek, Cottage Point, The Basin, Newcastle and Bar Hopping.
25 Photos
Created 24 April 2016
Milson's Point-The Bridge Walk, Elizabeth Farm, Rosehill NSW
20 Photos
Created 24 April 2016
This album includes travel by ferry, bus,might rail and train. All part of Sydney's mass transit system, using our OPAL cards.
20 Photos
Created 21 April 2016
Our trip down south. Wanted to take Pied-a-Mer III back to Woolongon as that's where she had been built. Jervis Bay was a highlight because that's where we were able to meet Melinda Mathews Brogan, Melinda Altamirano's Australian pen pal (and we didn't take one photo of her)
23 Photos
Created 19 April 2016
Balls Head Bay, Snails Bay, Rozelle, Middle Harbour, Port Hacking, Wollongong, Jervis Bay and back to Sydney.
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Created 16 February 2016
Nieafu and island anchorages
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Created 16 September 2015
Hiking Yelapa
11 Photos
Created 28 March 2013
Puerto Vallarta with Sellix,Altamirano and Choumanes
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Created 1 January 2013
On the Bow.
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Created 17 September 2012
First Photos
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Created 2 June 2012
Noumea
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Created 31 December 1969