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 have lived where the wind has taken us, however we are currently at the mercy of Covid-19 and Schengen. Currently we are in Alanya, Turkey, hoping to leave the end of February for the U.K.
04 June 2012 | West Sound, Orcas Is. Yacht Club Dock
03 June 2012
02 June 2012 | Roche Harbor
30 May 2012 | Victoria BC
24 May 2012 | Astoria to Grays Harbor
23 May 2012 | Astoria, Oregon
31 December 1969 | The Kingdom of Tonga
31 December 1969 | The Kingdom of Tonga
31 December 1969 | Opua, New Zealand
31 December 1969 | SV Pied-a-Mer 3
31 December 1969 | My boat
Recent Blog Posts
09 October 2021

PASSPORT RENEWAL IN TURKEY

PASSPORT RENEWAL IN TURKEY

09 October 2021

Passing the time in Turkey

Merhaba,

07 September 2021

OLIVES——-TREE TO TABLE

There are several olive trees on the marina property and on my morning walk I pass the trees full of green olives. Each day I wonder to myself, what has to happen to these olives so they are edible? Maybe they can be eaten off the tree? (I have never picked one and tried it) Do black olives start [...]

06 September 2021

Traditional Turkish Breakfast

Canadian/Turkish friends took us to a lovely restaurant with a spectacular view of ALanya and the Harbor. Wish I had taken the photo before we started eating! This isn’t even all of the food, staff kept bringing more to the table. Wonderful olives, cheeses, spices pepper sauce, menemen (my favorite), [...]

06 September 2021

SUMMER CONTINUES——Still Tied to the Dock

Our summer in Turkey has been a busy time. Our intention was to spend a couple of months anchoring and exploring some of the beautiful Turkish coast however, that hasn't happened yet. Only once did we leave the dock and that was to motor over to the fuel dock for a pump out and then back to our slip----so [...]

21 July 2021

SUMMER CONTINUES

One of our sailing mantras best describes this last week. "PLANS ARE MADE IN THE SAND AT LOW TIDE".

PASSPORT RENEWAL IN TURKEY

09 October 2021
Pam Sellix
PASSPORT RENEWAL IN TURKEY
I need to renew my passport. I still have 8 months before expiration but many countries want 6 months for clearance and by the time we leave Turkey and reach the UK I will only have a couple of months before expiration. I have two choices for renewal. I can go to the American Embassy in Ankara (300 some miles) or I can renew by mail. I am planning on renewing by mail and the other day I began to research the process. As nothing has changed since my last passport was issued the process seems fairly simple however, we have learned that nothing requiring paperwork is simple in Turkey. The renewal form is filled out on line,printed and then mailed to Ankara. The renewal fee can not be paid via credit card, it must be paid by a cashiers check in USD, from a main branch of Garanti Bank (Turkish Bank). The cashiers checks are valid for ten days and should be received at the Embassy at least three days before the expiration date. The instructions indicate that the bank may not understand what is needed and if that is the case there are two telephone numbers that the bank can call for instructions. So, first step is to locate a main branch of Garanti Bank---the girls in the office weren't sure which were main branches.
Next question, will anyone in the bank speak English? I phoned the bank several times, the office gals phoned---no answer. I still was not sure if I was calling a main branch.
Now, I don't need to actually send my application in until November but I do need to get my "ducks in a row". I had to visit the bank, find out if someone spoke English, find out if they could do the cashiers check, do I need an appointment, how long would it take, is there a bank fee? My plan was to go with Kerim, our Friday taxi driver, he has translated for us before and his English is fairly good---I usually understand him. The day before Kerim was to pick me up I met a Belgium cruising couple, Monique and Eddy, who have a boat and a house here in Alanya. Having, for many years, dealt with Turkish red tape they convinced me that as helpful as Kerim might be, this might be over his head---they have a Turkish friend, Metin, who is a genius at ploughing through the Turkish system. The next day Monique, Metin and I arrived at the appropriate bank, it was the main branch.
Metin took my iKamet (residence card) and explained, in Turkish, what I needed. The bank teller checked with her supervisor and returned telling Metin that I needed to open a bank account. Now, the paperwork from the US Embassy indicated that this wasn't necessary however, as Monique told me, "The Embassy is there, we are here, this is Turkey". I asked Metin what the minimum was to open an account, he told me you didn't need money to open an account---really? OK, let's do it. Naturally, it didn't go smoothly. The teller had my iKamet but there was a problem---when she went to her computer she found that my iKamet did not have an address with it. The government has quite a sophisticated computerized system for tracking all kinds of information about residents but they do not have any boxes to tic for live-aboards. We were told we had to go to the Nufus Müdürlügü, the population government office. Monique drove to the office and we were told that they could not help us, we had to the the Alanya Directorate of Migration Management (immigration). Finally, 45 minutes later Metin said that the marina address was now linked to my iKamet. Of course, Eric doesn't have an address linked to his! Monique drove us back to Garanti Bank where a new clerk spent over an hour setting up my $0 account! The amount of paperwork was amazing, page after page after page---all in Turkish.
We'll see what happens in. November when I go to get my check.

Passing the time in Turkey

09 October 2021
Pam Sellix
Merhaba,
Well, things have improved since my last report of the boat. Packages finally arrived, 40% customs duty on one of them! Eric replaced the thermostat and igniter on our Australian BBQ and the alarm and sensors on our propane system. Bits and pieces arrived from Sail Rite and we received a duplicate credit card. However, we still are tied to the dock. As much as Eric wants to get out to make sure that the sails will still go up, the water-maker will still work, all systems are good, he really wants to finish the cockpit enclosure, which he has been dreaming about for 9 years. So we are still in Alanya with 2/3 of the enclosure completed.


I spent a good deal of time this summer at a beach close to the marina which is used solely by locals, no tourists at all. It is quite a ways down the coast from the popular tourist area of Kleopatra Beach, otherwise known as the Turkish French Riviera. Summers are very hot and humid in this part of Turkey, this summer being even hotter than normal. Families would begin arriving early in the morning, setting up beach umbrellas and chairs, picnic baskets and inflatable beach toys, organizing themselves for a day of sun, water and friendship, a scene much like what you would see in the United States with one interesting exception. Turkey is a secular country with a majority Muslim population. This was evident at the beach where many of the women were swimming while completely covered up in brightly colored fabrics, longs sleeves, long tunics, long pants, head coverings all in in beautiful colors These swim ensembles are Burkinis. It was interesting to me that Nike has a large collection of Burkinis and much of the research that went into the design was done in Beaverton. However, Nike does not use the term Burkinis, they refer to the swim ensembles as "modest swimwear". The New Yorker in their December 9, 2019 issue featured an interesting article "Nike Takes The Modest Plunge Into Modest Swimwear".


In all the countries we've visited we have used public transportation---buses, trams, tuk tuks, trains, but not in Turkey during Covid. We taxi into town and then try to take care of all of our errands "on foot". I have seen yellow paths on all of the major sidewalks but had no idea what they were for until I read a piece from the Alanya Police Department that read "Don't Hinder Be Aware. Sidewalks are not parking. Yellow lines are not ornamental, they are for pedestrians with vision impaired!" Photos in gallery.

OLIVES——-TREE TO TABLE

07 September 2021
Pam Sellix
There are several olive trees on the marina property and on my morning walk I pass the trees full of green olives. Each day I wonder to myself, what has to happen to these olives so they are edible? Maybe they can be eaten off the tree? (I have never picked one and tried it) Do black olives start out as green olives? What about the purple ones I bought at the Bazar? But by the time I finish my walk and am back on the boat I have forgotten about my olive questions. Well, the other morning I researched olives and wow, I now look at each olive with much more respect!

Years ago we would drive from Oregon to San Fransisco, the road would take us through “Olive Country” in Northern California. We would pass miles and miles of olive groves stopping at roadside stands to buy lovely green olives stuffed with garlic, pimentos, onions or almonds. Undoubtedly there were other types of olives but I had only eyes for the stuffed green ones.

My next olive epiphany was an open air market in Nouméa, New Caledonia. More varieties and colors than I had ever seen. Samples were freely offered and I wanted to say, “I think I need to try one of each variety, please”. However, I did go every day for a new sample!

This brings me to Turkey and my morning walk past the olive trees.

Traditional Turkish Breakfast

06 September 2021
Pam Sellix
Canadian/Turkish friends took us to a lovely restaurant with a spectacular view of ALanya and the Harbor. Wish I had taken the photo before we started eating! This isn’t even all of the food, staff kept bringing more to the table. Wonderful olives, cheeses, spices pepper sauce, menemen (my favorite), breads, eggs, aubergine, nuts, avocado, fruit, and more.

I was particularly interested in the menemen because I have made it several times and it has never tasted as good as it did here. It is the red mixture toward the top of the picture/ spoon in pan.

SUMMER CONTINUES——Still Tied to the Dock

06 September 2021
Pam Sellix
Our summer in Turkey has been a busy time. Our intention was to spend a couple of months anchoring and exploring some of the beautiful Turkish coast however, that hasn't happened yet. Only once did we leave the dock and that was to motor over to the fuel dock for a pump out and then back to our slip----so far that has been our summer adventure!
Waiting for pieces and parts to arrive from the US, New Zealand and Australia kept us tied to the dock. Some of what we ordered were for safety, some for unfinished projects and a credit card. Week after week we would say, " By next week all of our packages will have arrived and we can take off". Well, it hasn't happened yet. Our only navigating has been with Turkish Customs, quite a challenge. Again, with the help of Google Translate and the marina staff we are sailing through the red tape of custom fees, additional custom fees, labels and language. We hope to untie the dock li
nes this fall and get further than the fuel dock.

SUMMER CONTINUES

21 July 2021
Pam Sellix | HOT. HOT. HOT
One of our sailing mantras best describes this last week. "PLANS ARE MADE IN THE SAND AT LOW TIDE".
Our refrigerator is now working, we needed a new thermostat. Now, we felt pretty confident that we would soon be untying our lines and heading out to anchor. Early Thursday morning we motored over to the fuel dock for both petrol and diesel and a pump out. It had been ten months since we had been off the dock, it was so nice to be moving on the water. As we were docking, I heard Eric tell one of the marina staff that we would be leaving tomorrow. So, I called our trusty taxi driver, Kerim, and we set off for the Thursday Bazar for final provisioning of fruit and vegetables and a stop at Migros for refrigerated items. Back on the boat I helped Eric check various systems, rigging, etc. I let the marina office know that we hoped to leave the next day. So far, so good. Time came to fix dinner and.........stove not working, oven not working. TBC


Pied-a-Mer III's Photos - Main
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Created 21 October 2021
Fall is Approaching. On my 0630 walk it is still dark and very cool but warms up quickly.
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Created 7 October 2021
Still summer here in Turkey. Tourists on beaches, lots of car traffic on weekends.
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Created 5 September 2021
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Created 19 July 2021
In anticipation of spending time in the UK where the weather will be very cold, Eric has been working on a cockpit enclosure. 9 years ago we spent an evening on a Catamaran in Victoria, BC, despite the cold weather, we sat in the cockpit and were toasty warm. Since that time Eric has been working on a design for enclosing Pied-a-Mer’s Cockpit.
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Created 10 May 2021
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Created 12 April 2021
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Created 10 April 2021
Trip to Sapadere Canyon and Village
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Created 8 March 2021
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Created 14 February 2021
2021, A NEW BEGINNING
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Created 4 January 2021
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Created 4 January 2021
No Turkey for Thanksgiving dinner. We had a quiet Thanksgiving on Pied-a-Mer with Minestroni soup for our Thanksgiving meal.
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Created 9 November 2020
November 6,7,8.
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Created 9 November 2020
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Created 10 October 2020
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Created 30 September 2020
Along with Wade and Diane we rented a car and drove about an hour and a half to Aspendos and Side.
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Created 16 September 2020
Covid has us masked, social distancing and avoiding crowds. We have taken in a few of the sites in the area but for the most part we stick close to the marina.
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Created 16 September 2020
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Created 15 September 2020
We extended our stay and now are in our second month in Port Suez.
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Created 7 June 2020
Finally we are in Port Suez, Egypt where Captain Heebie, Prince of the Sea Co. was able to arrange for Saul and Elena to disembark, car ride to Cairo and fly to the UK. This passage was by far the most eventful passage that we have had.
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Created 29 May 2020
Goodbye to Craig and hello to new crew Elena Horton and Saul Avery. Left Kochin Marina on February 27 for Djibouti. Due to Covid-19, we did not stop at Djibouti nor did we check into to any country that we passed on the passage to Port Suez Egypt. Our last Port was Kochin.
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Created 29 May 2020
Spent February 10-27 in Kochin. Our first encounter with Covid-19 quarantine. At this time we had no idea what the next couple of months would bring.
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Created 29 May 2020
Our passage from Krabi Boat Lagoon January 25, 2020 to Kochin, India. Arriving Kochin February 10, 2020 via a short two night stop at Phuket Boat Lagoon for work on auto pilot.
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Created 29 May 2020
Back from a seven week visit to the states——-3 full bags each under 25kg (just u dear) and 1 large box housing a Honda generator.
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Created 5 January 2020
Krabi to Bangkok, Seoul and Seattle.
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Created 12 November 2019
A few months in Krabi Boat Lagoon. Trip to the US for 6 weeks.
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Created 7 November 2019
6 day passage, mostly motoring. Sharing the waterway with Commercial Vessels and local fishing boats
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Created 7 November 2019
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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
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Created 20 August 2019
Marina Del Ray —-August 8-October 2, 2019
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Created 20 August 2019
July31-August 3 anchored Ling Flores. August 4 overnight to Rinca Island.
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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
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Created 10 March 2019
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Created 9 February 2019
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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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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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