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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.
06 December 2018 | Slip H10. Bay of Islands Marina
24 November 2018
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
30 May 2016 | Queensland
Recent Blog Posts
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

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.

04 November 2018 | Opua, New Zealand

DISMASTING

After our wonderful time in Oregon and Washington with family and friends, we returned To Neiafu, Tonga and spent a few weeks getting the boat ready for our second attempt at Hawaii. May 11 we left Neiafu for Hilo, Hawaii. The weather window looked good, we knew we would spend a good part of the journey [...]

04 November 2018 | Opua

Morning in Opua, New Zealand

Brisk walk this morning around the wharf and up the hill. Spring in New Zealand.

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.

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.

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.

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.

DISMASTING

04 November 2018 | Opua, New Zealand
Pam. Very chilly
After our wonderful time in Oregon and Washington with family and friends, we returned To Neiafu, Tonga and spent a few weeks getting the boat ready for our second attempt at Hawaii. May 11 we left Neiafu for Hilo, Hawaii. The weather window looked good, we knew we would spend a good part of the journey traveling up wind. We left Tonga under third reef as we had good winds and continued under third reef and eventually partially furled jib, until the morning of the 15th when, at 0330, there was a horrific noise, grinding, jarring---you name it, we heard it and felt it. We were both sitting in the salon. I was on watch but had gotten Eric up to help furl more of the jib. Once we realized that the mast was down----the jib stay had broken -----Eric spent about 10 minutes thinking about what to do and how to do it, and then we mobilized.
Using every sheet, halyard and shroud we lashed the mast to the port side of the boat, rested one of the spreaders over a solar panel and prayed that all would stay intact.
The jib and the jib stay were in the water. Using a wench and leverage we were able to get them back up on the boat and tied down. We motored the 120 nm to American Samoa, where we tied up to a cement wharf at the end of the marina.

We were fortunate to have friends in Pago Pago----Tim Jones, who had a crane and George Poysky, from Clatskanie, who loaned us a truck for our 4 month stay. We were able to lift the mast and place it on oil drums right on the wharf beside the boat.
Pantaenius, our Insurance Co., sent a surveyor from Brisbane, who seeing a chunk out of the bottom of the mast, felt that it would not be a problem. He did not include this damage in his written report and it wasn't until one of our fellow cruisers, who was a professional rigger said, "You can't leave the mast like that". So, arrangements have been made to have the bottom half of the mast remade (it is made in two parts) in Sydney and shipped to New Zealand. To allow us to sail to New Zealand a sleeve was made in Australia and bolted around the bottom of the mast.

During our four months in Pago Pago we repaired, replaced, ordered and received a variety of boat parts. Our sails which had only 96 hours of use were shipped back to Sydney for repair. Tempo Spars in Australia made a new 15 foot crossbar and new rigging. Two new solar panels were ordered from New Zealand. A new stanchion from the Seawind factory in Vietnam Nam was ordered. Eric spent hours looking through catalogs to find replacement lines, grab bars, wind instrument and many other assorted pieces and parts.

We left Pago Pago on September 25 and arrived in Savu Savu, Fiji on October 1. We enjoyed catching up with friends in Savu Savu, worked on the outboard, tried unsuccessfully to get the new wind instrument working, filled a propane tank and left on October 9th for New Zealand. Since we had no wind instrument we depended on tell tales and the Beaufort Scale for wind direction and speed. On our third day out the starboard engine smoked up the boat and quit. We had been unable to get Yanmar belts in Pago Pago and the belts that we did get were not good at all. The belt melted, the exhaust hose came off, water not pumping. Day 5 saw that the rope channel on the crossbar had pulled loose from the crossbar with all of the rivets disengaging from the bar. Eric did his best to minimize the damage by tying the trampoline and the metal piece onto the crossbar but seas and wind made it impossible to save the trampoline. Day 9 the port engine failed the same as the starboard, belt failure, exhaust failure. So, we sailed!
We had been doing daily SSB "check ins" with Peter at Northland Radio and on our last night Peter told us to watch for 40 boats that were racing from Auckland to the Opua area. His warning was, "Make sure you have the proper lights on". When I turned the navigation lights on, the starboard light didn't work. It had worked every night of the passage but not this last night! Eric immediately got our dinghy navigation lights and some rescue tape and, in quite a bit of wind, secured the dinghy light to the grab bar on the side of the targa. We actually didn't see any of the racing boats until early morning.
That last day the wind died. We were so excited if our SOG reached 2.0kt., isn't that the craziest? On the VHF Radio were able to talk to JB Marine in Opua and arrange for a tow into the marina. James Christie of JB Marine even arranged with the marina and customs to tow us directly to our slip and bypass the quarantine dock. Customs and Immigration came to us in the slip.
So, parts have been ordered for the engines. We're waiting to see whether the crossbar should be repaired or replaced, two new trampolines or one, where to have the bottom half of the mast shipped? During all of these problems no one was hurt, there's nothing on the boat that can't be fixed and all and all it's just part of the adventure!

Morning in Opua, New Zealand

04 November 2018 | Opua
Pam. Very cool
Brisk walk this morning around the wharf and up the hill. Spring in New Zealand.
Pied-a-Mer III's Photos - Main
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.
21 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.
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Created 24 November 2018
We’ve been here in the Bay of Islands Marina, slip H10, for a month and a half.
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Created 14 November 2018
11 day passage from Savu Savu to Opua——Bay of Islands Marina.
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Created 24 October 2018
Five day passage to Savu Savu and two weeks on Waitui Mooring.
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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.
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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.
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Created 7 June 2018
Arriving May 15 in American Samoa, under motor bringing mast along side the boat.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Created 2 April 2018
More of road trip with Patty and Steve.
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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.
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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.
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Created 27 February 2018
Checking back into Tonga, Christmas.
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Created 1 January 2018
Neiafu to Hawaii——nope, Tonga
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Created 1 January 2018
2017–First visit to Pago Pago in 2017 with Patty and Steve on SV Armagh.
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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.
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Created 6 November 2017
Joan & Mike Mellon visit from Santa Cruz, Calif. a wonderful three weeks of friendship, snorkeling, and rudders.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Created 24 January 2017
Arrived in Whangarei on December 9, 2016. On a pile mooring at Town Basin.
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Created 13 January 2017
November 4, 2016-December 8, 2016
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Created 30 December 2016
Noumea, New Caledonia to Opua, New Zealand.
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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.
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Created 26 October 2016
Along with friends, Mike and Joan Mellon, we sailed the Mamanukas and Yasawa islands. We had a fabulous time.
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Created 10 October 2016
Pittwater, Cowan Creek, Cottage Point, The Basin, Newcastle and Bar Hopping.
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Created 24 April 2016
Milson's Point-The Bridge Walk, Elizabeth Farm, Rosehill NSW
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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.
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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)
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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
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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