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.
21 April 2016 | The Boat Works
18 April 2016 | Tasman & Coral Seas
31 March 2016 | Newcastle, NSW
16 March 2016 | Rozelle Bay, Sydney Australia
05 January 2016 | Balls Head Bay, Sydney Harbour
12 December 2015 | Hardy Bay, Brisbane Waters
10 November 2015 | Lake Macquarie
07 November 2015 | Tasmain Sea
04 November 2015 | Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club
03 November 2015 | Pittwater
03 October 2015 | Port Moselle Marina
23 September 2015 | Viti Levu
20 September 2015 | Fiji
16 September 2015 | Tonga
14 September 2015 | Fiji
11 September 2015 | At Sea
31 August 2015 | Neiafu, Kingdom of Tonga
20 August 2015 | Neifua, Kingdom of Tonga
17 August 2015 | Nieutopotapu, Tonga
16 August 2015 | Niuatoputapu, Kingdom of Tonga
Recent Blog Posts
10 May 2021

PAM TAKES A VACATION!

I decided a couple of days ago that given we were in complete lockdown, it would be quite nice to declare myself on vacation!

03 May 2021

LOCKDOWN IN TURKEY

April 29, 1900 hours until 0500 May 17-----we are in lockdown.

11 April 2021 | Alanya Marina, Alanya Turkey

Bits and Pieces

Eric and I have finally received our iKamet cards (visa extensions) which will allow us to remain in Turkish waters for another year. Our hope is to spend time this spring and summer sailing up and down the coast, anchoring out and here exploring more remote areas while using the marina as our home [...]

17 March 2021

SAPADERE CANYON

We've established a very comfortable relationship with one of the local taxi drivers, Kemir, and had asked him if he would recommend some sights near Alanya and if he would spend the day with us, driving and sharing his knowledge of the area. So, at his recommendation, along with our "Boating Bubble [...]

17 March 2021

INSURANCE DRAMA

For several years we had our boat insurance through Pantaenius USA. We were disappointed when we were notified that they would not cover us for our 2020 Red Sea Passage. We then switched to Jackline Insurance through the Gowrie Group and were given the coverage needed for our upcoming passage. [...]

17 March 2021

ANOTHER ROAD TRIP

ROAD TRIP WEST: Eric and I continue to be thankful that we are in a country where we are comfortable and safe. Covid restrictions continue, restaurants closed, no public gatherings, social distancing, masks, weekend lockdown, and for those of us that are 75+ (the government calls this elderly!) we are still allowed out only M-F 10 am to 1 pm. The government is making a distinction between "tourists" and "locals" and given that we are living in Turkey, we along with our Canadian buddies, Wade and Diane, consider ourselves locals and do respect the restrictions. However, on occasion we play the tourist card, rent a car and go on a road trip. So, given that we expect to spend almost another year in Turkey, a couple of weeks ago we decided to check out a group of marinas west of us. We went through a couple of police road blocks, we were all masked, Wade would show his Canadian drivers license and we would be waved on. We stayed in B&B's, ate take out and enjoyed seeing new scenery while scoping out marinas at Finike, Kas, Fethiye, and Marmaris. The marinas were bigger than Alanya Marina with large live-aboard/expat communities, more goods and services, but were more expensive. We probably will continue to make Alanya our home as we feel very much a part of the Turkish culture here at the marina. Altogether, our trip was 600 km, mostly by coastline, with the mountain route on the way back---a nice three day break.

PAM TAKES A VACATION!

10 May 2021
Pam Sellix
I decided a couple of days ago that given we were in complete lockdown, it would be quite nice to declare myself on vacation!
Now, I can’t go anywhere but I can alter my routine. So, what I do each day is entirely up to how I feel, what the weather is like and any help that Eric needs with the Cockpit project. So far I have spent quite a bit of time knitting socks for myself, organizing photos from iPad and phone, visiting with Wade and Diane, reading and watching Netflix. I have cleaned some parts of the boat that I’ve been avoiding and even though that’s been work I feel good when it’s done and aren’t vacations supposed to make you feel good?
I have not kept up with my Turkish language studies because that is really hard work.

LOCKDOWN IN TURKEY

03 May 2021
Pam Sellix
April 29, 1900 hours until 0500 May 17-----we are in lockdown.
The government announcement was only made a few days prior to the evening of the 29th when lockdown began. The initial message was posted on the Alanya Expats FB Group. While the document was lengthy and detailed there were and still are some questions.
The directive read that people were allowed to walk to the closest market for groceries and then go directly back to their homes. The day before the start of the lockdown our wonderful taxi driver, Kemir, suggested that he take us to a Thursday produce market and then to Migros. Our normal routine was to go to the Friday produce market and then Migros. We were very grateful for his thoughtfulness, he is a gem. At Migros we stocked up on wine and Baileys as there would be no liquor sales during this period and did a moderate shopping thinking that we would be able to supplement throughout the lockdown by walking to the bakery and small market next to the bakery. Friday morning we were surprised to find that our age group 65+ would not be allowed out of our homes! This had not been detailed in the original government declaration!
i-Kamet (resident permit) holders who are in violation will loose their permits----YIKES! This would mean we would have to leave the boat, leave Turkey........then what? However, we are very fortunate that Wade and Diane on our, "Bubble Buddy Boat", sv Joana are under 65 and can, if need be, replenish basics food items!
Ah, the life of a cruiser!
Photo: Eric working on Covid 2021 project, cockpit enclosure.

Bits and Pieces

11 April 2021 | Alanya Marina, Alanya Turkey
Pam Sellix | Sunny and windy
Eric and I have finally received our iKamet cards (visa extensions) which will allow us to remain in Turkish waters for another year. Our hope is to spend time this spring and summer sailing up and down the coast, anchoring out and here exploring more remote areas while using the marina as our home base. Our goal is to be in the UK by summer 2022---time will tell.

Our life in Turkey continues to have it's ups and downs. We are very frustrated that we have not yet been able to make appointments for the Covid vaccine. Vaccine for our age group (elderly, as we are referred to in Turkey) became available weeks ago yet we have been unable to make appointments. Initially we thought that the reason might be that our i-Kamet (residence permit) was to expire the end of February. No, even now with a new year long permit, the government online site still says we are ineligible. Last week we spent two days in a taxi going from one building to another trying to sort this out and we're hoping that we'll have an answer this week. FLASH FORWARD 1 1/2 WEEKS: April 14....Today we were able to get our Covid vaccine. This has been a lengthy process involving the help of many people. While we have not found out what the glitch was or still is, we took our problem to Dr. Abdulla Yagidar, the Director of Health In ALANYA and he was able to register us for the vaccine and he even administered the "jab" himself. We go back on May 12 for our second shot.

The marina staff continue to help me learn the Turkish language. I, in turn, help them with English. We laugh a lot, say things that make no sense and enjoy the moment. I am also dipping into Russian as there are a few Russians on our dock and it's nice to exchange basic greetings.
Food, food, food. Our extended stay in Turkey is giving me an opportunity to learn about new ingredients and new dishes which leads to learning much about the Turkish culture. The photo is my first attempt at making Börek which is a flaky dough packed with savory fillings.

SAPADERE CANYON

17 March 2021
Pam Sellix
We've established a very comfortable relationship with one of the local taxi drivers, Kemir, and had asked him if he would recommend some sights near Alanya and if he would spend the day with us, driving and sharing his knowledge of the area. So, at his recommendation, along with our "Boating Bubble Buddies" Wade and Diane Alarie, we took a day trip to Sapadere Canyon in the Taurus Mountains. Kemir was anxious to show us his village and the summer home of his mother and homes of other family members. We left Alanya around 10:00 and drove along the coast heading SE, passing banana plantations, greenhouses, huge resorts
and gorgeous blue/green waters. We then turned began our trip up the Sapadere Canyon road. On the way to the Canyon Kemir took us to his mother's summer home. His mother spends the summer months here in the cool mountains as the temperature in Alanya is very hot. Kemir and his brothers take turns staying here with her and she takes turns living with them in the winter.
As we continued climbing up the mountain road we were in awe of the picturesque countryside. Houses were clinging to the hillsides and nestled in valleys. From our viewpoint they looked like miniatures.
The road ends at the entrance to the 750m wooden walkway through the Canyon. There is a small parking lot, a small cafe (takeout only—Covid) and a toilet. The cost for the amazing walk was about $2.00 USD. The walkway winds around gushing streams, silent pools, high jagged mountains and water pipes, which supply the water for the many little villages set in the mountains.
After our walk, hungry, thirsty and tired we enjoyed sitting at a picnic table by a bubbling stream and eating our lunch which we had ordered prior to our walk.

INSURANCE DRAMA

17 March 2021
Pam Sellix
For several years we had our boat insurance through Pantaenius USA. We were disappointed when we were notified that they would not cover us for our 2020 Red Sea Passage. We then switched to Jackline Insurance through the Gowrie Group and were given the coverage needed for our upcoming passage. In 2019 we had gone back to the states for the holidays and upon returning to the boat, which we had left in Thailand, we found that the loss of electricity on our dock at Krabi Boat Lagoon had caused our batteries to completely fail. Eric had been planning, at some point, to switch to Lithium batteries and that time had come. The end of January, with new LiFePO4 batteries installed, we sailed from Thailand to Cochin, India and then began our epic Covid Red Sea Passage. A couple of months after arriving in Turkey, we sent a list of upgrades and additions to Jackline, this list included our LiFePO4 batteries. On December 1, 2020 we received an "urgent" email from Gowrie saying that our policy would be discontinued as of December 31. Markel, the underwriters for our policy, would not cover a boat with LiFePO4 batteries. Markel said that if we replaced the Lithium with AGM's our coverage would continue. We had sailed from Krabi, Thailand to Turkey over 6,000nm with batteries that Markel still believes have safety issues. So, here we were in Turkey with Covid, December Holidays, and needing to find someone who would insure us with the Lithium as replacing new batteries seemed to be a last,last,last resort. We wanted both full hull coverage and third party insurance for marinas. Our days were filled with phone call after phone call, email after email, rejection after rejection. We found that with many Insurance brokers our location (Turkey) was an issue, a couple companies cited our 2018 dismasting as a problem, some would not cover a US flagged boat. We had contacted Pantaenius only to find that US boats had to go through Pantaenius Germany and then, after contacting Germany, we were told that they could cover us only if Delaware was our Port of Registry, not US CoastGuard registered but Delaware registered. We have seen many Delaware registered boat flying the US flag but none of them have ever been US boats!
We now have a policy with Allianz here in Turkey but are hoping that at some point Markel changes their policy. There is some hope as they are now, on a trial basis, covering small boats with Lithium batteries----there is Hope!
Our Allianz policy requires that we put a name on our dinghy.

ANOTHER ROAD TRIP

17 March 2021
Pam Sellix
ROAD TRIP WEST: Eric and I continue to be thankful that we are in a country where we are comfortable and safe. Covid restrictions continue, restaurants closed, no public gatherings, social distancing, masks, weekend lockdown, and for those of us that are 75+ (the government calls this elderly!) we are still allowed out only M-F 10 am to 1 pm. The government is making a distinction between "tourists" and "locals" and given that we are living in Turkey, we along with our Canadian buddies, Wade and Diane, consider ourselves locals and do respect the restrictions. However, on occasion we play the tourist card, rent a car and go on a road trip. So, given that we expect to spend almost another year in Turkey, a couple of weeks ago we decided to check out a group of marinas west of us. We went through a couple of police road blocks, we were all masked, Wade would show his Canadian drivers license and we would be waved on. We stayed in B&B's, ate take out and enjoyed seeing new scenery while scoping out marinas at Finike, Kas, Fethiye, and Marmaris. The marinas were bigger than Alanya Marina with large live-aboard/expat communities, more goods and services, but were more expensive. We probably will continue to make Alanya our home as we feel very much a part of the Turkish culture here at the marina. Altogether, our trip was 600 km, mostly by coastline, with the mountain route on the way back---a nice three day break.
Pied-a-Mer III's Photos - Main
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 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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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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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