Sellixs Set Sail

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.

Fiji to New Caledonia

10 November 2015 | Lake Macquarie
Pam
Greetings from the South Pacific, (This posting is definitely out of order---oops!) Am writing this at 0500 as we are motoring madly to get to Havana Pass in New Caledonia at slack tide. If we miss the tide we will have to go around the southern tip of the island to get to Noumea. We are on Day #6 of our Fiji to New Cal passage and will, hopefully, arrive in the harbor at Noumea early afternoon for check in. I am quite curious to see what foodstuffs are removed from the boat. We have read that we should pull all provisions from cupboards, storage lockers etc., the list of foodstuffs that are questionable is HUGE and trying to hide food is very definately discouraged----will be interesting to see how this plays out. The last five days I have tried hard to use up produce, dairy and meats. Actually, meat hasn't been an issue because we had very little---3 steaks! We've had cabbage for every meal except breakfast and for dinner tonight I finished up tomatoes, frozen red peppers and a frozen Jalepeno making a sauce to put over steamed potatoes. I am a little leary about some of the foods that I took out of the original packaging and vacuum sealed---brown rice, powdered eggs, oatmeal, brownie mix and spices.

(Two days later).We are tied up securely to the "Visiteurs" (their spelling) dock at Port Moselle Marina. Let me back up------Our 0730 passage through Havannah Pass was easy uneventful. Once through the pass we had around 40 miles to reach the Marina so it was afternoon before we arrived in the harbor. We radioed Port Moselle and were told there was no room on the visitors dock and we would have to anchor out but, we could dinghy in the next day and do the check in paperwork. The anchorage nearest the marina was full so we, along with sv Whale And The Bird, dropped our hook on the edge of the anchorage. Soon a small power boat with two cute young uniformed men arrived and told us in perfect French and broken English that we would have to move because we were outside the anchorage (which we knew but hoped we could get by). We started to pull the anchor up and somehow the controller had locked up----nothing happening. So, I am at the wheel, with only the port engine functioning, the boat is slowly going in circles in the middle of the harbor and Eric is sitting in the salon reading the manual!!! Whale and The Bird by now have pulled their anchor and have headed to the anchorage on the other side of the harbor. The two uniformed fellows are hovering around in their dinghy and come back over to the boat and we explain that we can't get the anchor working right. They call the marina office, then tell us that the office will call us on the VHF radio in two minutes----ten minutes later, still circling, no call from the office. The two fellows rev their outboard and head over to Whale and the Bird, who have now anchored in the full anchorage across the harbor. Then, the two come back over and, by now we are operational, and tell us to go over and anchor with our friends, which we do. Now we are a good long way from the marina with no outboard for our dinghy, much too far to row but anchored near our friends----we are also anchored uncomfortably close to other boats! We keep a close watch during the night as the last thing we want is to drag or be a target for another dragging boat.

0800 the next morning Ann and Peter (Whale And The Bird) pick us up on their dinghy and off we go to the marina office. We are told that there is still no room in the marina which is a concern for us because high winds are predicted for the area. The office gives us the customs and immigration forms, we fill them out and then, along with Whale And The Bird and Interlude 1, with our maps in hand, we begin our downtown trek to the various agencies for "check in". This is nothing compared to our three mile walk to customs, immigration and medical in Niutoputapu! However, after being on the boat for 6 days we are ready for some exercise.

Customs and immigration go smoothly but quarantine requires a little more time because normally they would board the boat remove animal, plant or plant products but because we are at anchor and do not know when we will be able to dock at the Visiteurs dock, we told them what products we had aboard and we were told that if we bagged (in proper heavy duty trash bags) our items and brought the bags to their office by their 1600 closing we would be OK. We left the quarantine office and walked quite a ways to the boatyard to check on mechanics and parts. Peter needs to be hauled out as he is having rudder problems and is told that it would be the end of the month before the Yard could haul him out-----he doesn't have a month to spend in New Caledonia as they must get home to Australia. Eric got a "not to" encouraging lead on the outboard part and Peter found another yard that could do a haul out Monday. All of this information was done through a very helpful employee in one of the shops----his English was very good--- none of us speak French---he made phone calls and was the voice for Eric and Peter.

This is beginning to be quite a lengthy tale,huh? Anyway, we got back to the marina and were told that there was now room for us . There was a berth for Whale And The Bird and space for us at the Visiteurs dock or pontoon as they call docks. We all hop in Peter and Ann's dinghy, battle the winds and get back to the anchorage to find that Whale And The Bird's anchor has dragged and their boat is within inches of the yellow monohull that we thought was close to us. The Coast Guard had been called but didn't have to do anything because we came along in the nick time.

Ah, the cruising life! Stay tuned----To be continued.
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Pied-a-Mer III's Photos - Main
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Marina Del Ray —-August 8-
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July31-August 3 anchored Ling Flores. August 4 overnight to Rinca Island.
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July 23-27. Passage from Saumlaki to Kalahabi on Alor
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Clearing Indonesian Customs, Immigration and Quarantine. Exploring Saumlaki and surrounds.
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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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LIVE STREAMING OF DIEGO’S BASEBALL GAMES
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STILL IN OPUA
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Happy New Year and here's hoping for smooth sailing in 2019.
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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.
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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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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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Checking back into Tonga, Christmas.
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Neiafu to Hawaii——nope, Tonga
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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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Wonderful anchorage, beautiful land.
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Wonderful hiking on Great Barrier.
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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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Visiting Min & Terrell
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Home base New Zealand, pile mooring at Town Basin.
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Great day trip.
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Hosted by Gary McGuire who we met in Mexico at one of our potluck S.
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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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Arrived in Whangarei on December 9, 2016. On a pile mooring at Town Basin.
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November 4, 2016-December 8, 2016
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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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Along with friends, Mike and Joan Mellon, we sailed the Mamanukas and Yasawa islands. We had a fabulous time.
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Pittwater, Cowan Creek, Cottage Point, The Basin, Newcastle and Bar Hopping.
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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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Balls Head Bay, Snails Bay, Rozelle, Middle Harbour, Port Hacking, Wollongong, Jervis Bay and back to Sydney.
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Nieafu and island anchorages
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Hiking Yelapa
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Puerto Vallarta with Sellix,Altamirano and Choumanes
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On the Bow.
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First Photos
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Noumea
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