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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 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.
20 June 2013 | Candeleros
19 June 2013 | Candeleros
07 June 2013 | Playa Juncalito
02 June 2013 | Puerto Escondido
28 May 2013 | Isla Carman
28 May 2013 | Pied-a-Mer
26 May 2013 | Puerto Escondido
25 May 2013 | Bahia Amortajada, Isla San Jose
17 May 2013 | La Paz
03 May 2013 | Puerto Escondido
02 April 2013 | La Cruz
28 March 2013 | Yelapa
24 March 2013 | La Cruz
24 March 2013 | La Cruz
12 March 2013 | Barra Navidad
05 March 2013 | Southbound
05 March 2013 | Tenacatita
18 February 2013
18 February 2013 | Punta de Mita
13 February 2013 | Chacala, Mexico
Recent Blog Posts
14 February 2021

TWO WEEKS OF WINTER?

January brought a couple of storms---rain, thunder, lightning, wind and swells. Marina staff checked boats for adequate, secure mooring lines. We rocked a bit but otherwise were OK.

04 January 2021

COVID TIMES IN TURKEY

Welcome to 2021,

05 December 2020

MORE ON THE SUEZ CANAL

This post is a bit of a "back track", "fast forward" and repetition, bear with me.

30 September 2020

TRANSITING THE SUEZ CANAL June 24/25, 2020

The time finally came for us to transit the Suez Canal. We had paid our Canal fee when we first arrived in Port Suez. The amount of the fee is based on the measurement and weight of the boat plus an unknown formula of unknown specifications. It's been known that similar boats have paid significantly [...]

26 September 2020

ANOTHER MONTH IN PORT SUEZ

We were at Port Suez for a little over two months( a record for boats waiting to transit, most go on to Ismalia) and as time passed we fell into a comfortable daily routine. Being tied to the dock allowed us to have visitors. In addition to the few fishermen whose boats were at the dock we had three [...]

23 August 2020

ALANYA, TURKEY

The time finally came for us to arrange our transit of the Suez Canal. Turkey was opening ports and, after contacting several marinas, we decided to follow our friends on SV Joana to Alanya Marina in Alanya Turkey. We originally booked one month, extended to two months and, due to the ever changing [...]

TWO WEEKS OF WINTER?

14 February 2021
Pam Sellix
January brought a couple of storms---rain, thunder, lightning, wind and swells. Marina staff checked boats for adequate, secure mooring lines. We rocked a bit but otherwise were OK.
One sunny day we took a road trip with Wade and Diane to Mamure Castle, a World Heritage Center, located in the province of Mersin--District of Anamur. The castle has been standing for over 1500 years and is ranked as among the best preserved Medieval castles on the Mediterranean coast. The road clung on the coastal hillside, many twists, turns, switch backs and breath taking views. Wade had checked with Google to make sure that the castle would be open but when arrived we found it was closed due to renovations. Not to be discouraged, we stopped and ordered "take out" lunch and implemented Plan B. (always have a back up plan).
Plan B was visiting the ancient city of Anamurium which was a short distance from the castle.

COVID TIMES IN TURKEY

04 January 2021
Pam Sellix
Welcome to 2021,
“Turkey is taking Covid very seriously”.
Turkey was one of the first Mediterranean countries this summer to open its ports to recreational boats and if you wanted to stay in Turkey beyond the duration of a visa or longer than 90 days, you were required to obtain a resident permit , an “ ikamet card”. When we first arrived the end of July we took a month contract with the Alanya Marina. We soon realized that Covid constraints were limiting travel throughout the Med so we met with an agent who helped us to apply and receive an ikamet permit which allowed us five additional months in Turkey. The middle of December we again met with our agent and have applied for a years residency permit. At this point with country borders changing almost weekly, we would rather stay here in Turkey than find ourselves stranded at sea as we did on our Red Sea Passage. Hopefully, we will be granted the year permit.

Restrictions are changing day by day. Turkey has a FaceBook page that is a Coronavirus Information Center which posts global information as well as specifics in Country. According to last minute news; Health Minister Kota said that starting December 28, every passenger coming to Turkey by air or December 30 by land or sea will be obligated to submit a negative PCR test result made in the last 72 hours. This procedures will be valid until March 1, 2021. At the moment ikamet holders 65+ are on weekend lockdown and allowed on the streets M-F only between 10am-1pm. It has taken a couple of weeks to work with this schedule but it’s been totally doable. We plan our outings very carefully, travel by taxi, bundle errands by location and schedule appointments accordingly. I had to make a dental appointment last week and was told to come in at 9am but when I told them my age they immediately told me 10am!

Despite Covid restrictions we find ourselves very busy. We are doing projects that were not necessarily scheduled for winter 2020/2021 but are finding that it makes sense to take advantage of time, availability and cost here in Alanya. Currently we are on the hard having taken the hulls down to gelcoat and putting on copper coat anti-fouling. We had a stainless steel frame made for a cockpit enclosure and Eric is working on sourcing canvas, clear material, snaps, zippers, etc. While we could order everything from Sailrite in the US, shipping packages to Turkey has been difficult so he is trying to locate materials within country.

Our Christmas was probably the most memorable Christmas we’ve had on on Pied-a-Mer. Along with our cruising Canadian friends, Wade and Diane, we put together a traditional Christmas dinner complete with roast Turkey, stuffing, gravy, cranberry sauce, sweet potatoes, broccoli casserole, steamed carrots and pomegranate/persimmon green salad. Securing a Turkey in Turkey was touch and go as the Turkish people, at least the ones in Alanya , don’t eat turkey! We weren’t sure whether the butcher was really going to produce a bird—-but he did. Wade and Diane had made friends with Jean-Eves, a Canadian fellow who is married to a Turkish woman, Tooba, and over the holidays we had also invited Duygu, one of the marina office gals to come aboard for Christmas activities. Both Tooba and Duygu are Muslim and had never been a part of, what to the four of us, was a traditional Christmas celebration. Neither had participated in a “secret Santa” gift exchange or listened to Christmas carols . Tooba was so excited when she received her first Christmas gift and Duygu took photos of the lights and Christmas tree. For Eric and myself, this convergence of good things was why we are cruising. It was wonderful.

Here’s to 2021! May we all be safe and healthy!


SV Pied-a-Mer III




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MORE ON THE SUEZ CANAL

05 December 2020
Pam Sellix
This post is a bit of a "back track", "fast forward" and repetition, bear with me.

After 2 1/2 months at the floating dock in Port Suez, hearing that Turkey was open to foreign boats was wonderful news and we began preparations for transiting the Suez Canal. Details for a Canal transit must be made by an official "agent" and we had the best of the best, Ehab Soukar, better known as Captain Heebie, Prince of the Red Sea. We had paid our Canal fee when we first arrived in Port Suez. The amount of the fee is based on the measurement and weight of the boat plus an unknown formula of unknown specifications. It's been known that similar boats have paid significantly different fees. The two fellows who came to measure Pied-a-Mer had come empty handed, nothing with which to measure. We supplied them with a large tape measure which, of course, was in inches not meters! Captain Heebie was on board and once the measuring completed we paid our $237.00 USD Canal fee.
Boats transiting the Canal are required to have a Canal Pilot on board as a guide only, not to "Captain" the ship through the transit. We had heard many stories of "Canal Pilots and Baksheesh". It is customary to present the canal pilot with a gift of money, preferably US dollars, a meal and maybe another small gift. Articles that we had read told of rude angry pilots who demanded a certain amount of money to humble pilots who were happy with whatever they were given. To avoid problems with the pilots we gave Captain Heebie two twenty dollar bills( the going rate) and he took care of the "gift". The canal transit is a two day journey and early in the morning on June 24, Mohammed, our pilot for the first leg of the canal arrived. Kar Kar, our "man Friday and good friend", helped with our lines and off we went---for some this would be a "Bucket list" adventure but for us it was, " This is how we get to the Med".
We had beautiful weather for both days of our transit. Day #1, we left Port Suez at 0412 traveling at 5+ knots and arrived in Ismalia at 1250. We tied up to the cement wharf and spent a quiet night. Robio, our pilot for the second half of our transit arrived at 0430 the next morning and off we went. Traffic in the canal moves north in morning and early afternoon and south later in the day and night. In addition to the two sailboats that we were traveling with, we saw only one other pleasure craft, a powerboat going south. We were continually passed by cargo ships, container ships, barges, etc. The canal is very narrow in parts reminding us of the Columbia River, we were used to being very close to huge vessels. On Day#1 both sides of the canal were mostly sand dunes but there was much more activity on Day#2, a railroad bridge under construction, military installations, lots of flags waving on shore, people waving at us from small fishing boats sitting peacefully on the sides of the canal. When we reached Port Said it was time for Robio to leave us. We had been told that we would be directed to a dock where he would disembark but this was not the case. At 1145 he was picked up underway by an old fishing boat, he jumped off Pied-a-Mer, onto the boat and off they went. This was a well orchestrated move as the boat never touched us---he jumped off and on!
Once out of the canal we spent about 12 hours in a very high traffic area of cargo ships, anchored ships, fishing boats with nets out and oil well heads. As we dodged the various vessels and objects we were escorted by a pod of dolphins which entertained me as I fixed dinner. (Thank You Seawind for my panoramic view in the galley!) That night the unique experiences that we encountered on this passage were whirling around in my head and I was having trouble staying alert on my midnight to 4 am watch. The following is an excerpt from my journal: "While on my midnight watch I was still hungry and, this is awful to admit, I ate the following----2 slices of apple bread, 6 Oreos, 1 bag of Crispy Chips (the kind I don't like) and 1 small package of Sour Cream and Onion crackers". Maybe I had been a bit stressed!
The Suez Canal was behind us, the Red Sea was behind us and Turkey awaited us with open ports. We booked a month at Alanya Marina in the province of Antalya. Our next decision was where to spend the winter? We spent a month contacting marinas in the Med, reading reports from other cruisers, reading Covid updates (which seemed to change daily), understanding Schengen (we had lots of questions on this one) and, of course, studying weather patterns. By the end of a month we decided that our best option was to stay here in Alanya until late February-early March .
The marina is quite large and filled with local boats and two large "tourist pirate boats". Along with Wade and Diane on a Canadian monohull, sv Joana, we are the only foreign cruising live aboards here for the winter. I am struggling with the Turkish language and Eric is finding it impossible. We are loving the food in Turkey. Every Friday the marina takes the four of us to a Bazar which has the most amazing selection of local produce. We have never eaten such luscious fruits and vegetables.

TRANSITING THE SUEZ CANAL June 24/25, 2020

30 September 2020
Pam Sellix
The time finally came for us to transit the Suez Canal. We had paid our Canal fee when we first arrived in Port Suez. The amount of the fee is based on the measurement and weight of the boat plus an unknown formula of unknown specifications. It's been known that similar boats have paid significantly different fees. The two fellows who came to measure Pied-a-Mer had come empty handed, nothing with which to measure. We supplied them with a large tape measure which, of course, was in inches not meters! Captain Heebie was on board and once the measuring completed we paid our $237.00 USD Canal fee.
Boats transiting the Canal are required to have a Canal Pilot on board as a guide only, not to “Captain” the ship through the transit. We had heard many stories of “Canal Pilots and Baksheesh”. It is customary to present the canal pilot with a gift of money, preferably US dollars, a meal and maybe another small gift. Articles that we had read told of rude angry pilots who demanded a certain amount of money to humble pilots who were happy with whatever they were given. To avoid problems with the pilots we gave Captain Heebie two twenty dollar bills( the going rate) and he took care of the “gift”. The canal transit is a two day journey and early in the morning on June 24, Mohammed, our pilot for the first leg of the canal arrived. Kar Kar, our “man Friday and good friend”, helped with our lines and off we went---for some this would be a "Bucket list" adventure but for us it was, " This is how we get to the Med".
We had beautiful weather for both days of our transit. Day #1, we left Port Suez at 0412 traveling at 5+ knots and arrived in Ismalia at 1250. We tied up to the cement wharf and spent a quiet night. Robio, our pilot for the second half of our transit arrived at 0430 the next morning and off we went. Traffic in the canal moves north in morning and early afternoon and south later in the day and night. In addition to the two sailboats that we were traveling with, we saw only one other pleasure craft, a powerboat going south. We were continually passed by cargo ships, container ships, barges, etc. The canal is very narrow in parts reminding us of the Columbia River, we were used to being very close to huge vessels. On Day#1 both sides of the canal were mostly sand dunes but there was much more activity on Day#2, a railroad bridge under construction, military installations, lots of flags waving on shore, people waving at us from small fishing boats sitting peacefully on the sides of the canal. When we reached Port Said it was time for Robio to leave us. We had been told that we would be directed to a dock where he would disembark but this was not the case. At 1145 he was picked up underway by an old fishing boat, he jumped off Pied-a-Mer, onto the boat and off they went. This was a well orchestrated move as the boat never touched us—-he jumped off and on!
Once out of the canal we spent about 12 hours in a very high traffic area of cargo ships, anchored ships, fishing boats with nets out and oil well heads. As we dodged the various vessels and objects we were escorted by a pod of dolphins which entertained me as I fixed dinner. (Thank You Seawind for my panoramic view in the galley!) That night the unique experiences that we encountered on this passage were whirling around in my head and I was having trouble staying alert on my midnight to 4 am watch. The following is an excerpt from my journal: “While on my midnight watch I was still hungry and, this is awful to admit, I ate the following——2 slices of apple bread, 6 Oreos, 1 bag of Crispy Chips (the kind I don’t like) and 1 small package of Sour Cream and Onion crackers”. Maybe I had been a bit stressed!
The Suez Canal was behind us, the Red Sea was behind us and Turkey awaited us with open ports. We booked a month at Alanya Marina in the province of Antalya. Our next decision was where to spend the winter? We spent a month contacting marinas in the Med, reading reports from other cruisers, reading Covid updates (which seemed to change daily), understanding Schengen (we had lots of questions on this one) and, of course, studying weather patterns. By the end of a month we decided that our best option was to stay here in Alanya until late February-early March .
The marina is quite large and filled with local boats and two large “tourist pirate boats”. Along with Wade and Diane on a Canadian monohull, sv Joana, we are the only foreign cruising live aboards here for the winter. I am struggling with the Turkish language and Eric is finding it impossible. We are loving the food in Turkey. Every Friday the marina takes the four of us to a Bazar which has the most amazing selection of local produce. We have never eaten such luscious fruits and vegetables. We have done just a few day trips in and near Alanya and next week we will be going to a Cappadocia.


ANOTHER MONTH IN PORT SUEZ

26 September 2020
Pam Sellix
We were at Port Suez for a little over two months( a record for boats waiting to transit, most go on to Ismalia) and as time passed we fell into a comfortable daily routine. Being tied to the dock allowed us to have visitors. In addition to the few fishermen whose boats were at the dock we had three regular visitors who became dear friends, Captain Heebie, Kar Kar and Old Man Sayeed. Most mornings Sayeed would stop by for Nescafé and a sweet, Kar Kar would stop by for Nescafé or tea, breakfast or sweets and again for a meal. Captain Heebie, as our agent, took care of all of the government paperwork required for our Suez Canal transit. The cost for transiting the canal is based on a very unique system of measurement and the personality of the "measurer"who would come up with an interesting set of numbers which we felt was out of line with reality however, that's simply the way it is. Every other day Captain Heebie would stop by for Nescafé and make sure we had everything that we needed. Through Captain Heebie we were able to order provisions, pieces & parts for the boat, sim cards and money (Egyptian pounds). Since we were not able to leave the boat we would give our credit card to Captain Heebie who we trusted implicitly, and he, in turn, would go to the ATM and bring back cash. The maximum limit available for withdrawal from the ATM was so small that Captain Heebie have to do several transactions and the transaction fees would total almost 50% of the withdrawal! Sayeed was our "personal shopper" and did an excellent job of sourcing our provisions. Often it took him weeks to find what we needed but he was always successful. There were times when he would not quite understand what we wanted ie. toothbrushes instead of toothpaste and toilet paper rather than paper towels. Kar Kar was our "Man Friday" always looking for ways to help us with things like cleaning the boat, removing trash, getting petrol and wanting us to find him an "American" wife. (We have not been successful with that one).

For the months we were here all of our clothes and linens were washed by hand. Actually this was not a problem because at the dock we had access to all of the fresh water we wanted and my most abundant resource was time.

The words "Sands of Time" come to mind when I think of Egypt.
We've never been anywhere where sand was in the air 24/7.
As we came up the coast we ran into one significant sand storm and additional sand on the way up to Suez where we could wash the boat. The first boat washing must have taken a thousand pounds of sand off the rigging, decks, cockpit and parts inside the boat.

June brought a few more boats into Port Suez. Most stayed only one night having pre arranged with their agent for the boat to be measured, officials to be brought to the boat, provisions, fuel and water delivered. During these times Captain Heebie, Kar Kar and Sayeed were very busy. The few boats that stayed for several days were side tied to us or tied to the on space across from us that at times was empty. By the time we reached Port Suez we were starved for the camaraderie of other cruisers. My journal entry for June3, 2020 reads: "Probably the most fun we have had in months. Twelve people who haven't been on land in 2-3 months--total isolation and the bonus is kids.” Captain Heebie provided dinner for all of us, a very special evening."


PHOTO, ERIC AND CAPTAIN HEEBIE

ALANYA, TURKEY

23 August 2020
Eric Sellix
The time finally came for us to arrange our transit of the Suez Canal. Turkey was opening ports and, after contacting several marinas, we decided to follow our friends on SV Joana to Alanya Marina in Alanya Turkey. We originally booked one month, extended to two months and, due to the ever changing Covid Regulations, Schengen policies and weather patterns, we extended our marina contract to the end of February. We are now working with an agent to extend our 90 day tourist visa to a one year visitors visa.

We are very comfortable in the marina. We are, along with SV Joana, the only live aboard vessels here. There are many, many boats, large and small, charter and private, along with three "tourist pirate ships" and all are, as near as we can tell, day use only. One of the things that sold us on the marina was the cost of berthing. Here the price for Catamarans is based solely on LOA (length over all), unlike many marinas where cats pay one and a half or double the monohull rates. We were also given a berthing discount and able to take advantage of free WiFi, free laundry and free showers.

So, let’s explore! Alanya is a resort town on Turkey’s central Mediterranean Coast (also known as the Turkish Riviera). Covid concerns have kept us pretty close to Alanya where we have explored many of the historical sites in the city. Sailing into Alanya Harbor we were greeted by the Alanya Castle sitting 820 feet high on a rocky peninsula jutting into the Mediterranean Sea, which protects it from 3 sides. Most of the castle was built in the 13 century on remnants of earlier Byzantine and Roman era fortifications. We opted not to walk up to the castle but rode the Alanya Aerial Tramway (Teleferik), which has become one of the icons of the holiday village.
Another of the landmarks of Alanya is the Red Tower, one of the best examples of 13 century Mediterranean defense structures, it sits at the point where the castle meets northern fortifications. It has been built to keep the port under control for centuries.
We marveled at the the interior of the Alanya Shipyard, built by Seljuk Sultan Alaaddin Keykubat (these names are a challenge), in 1228 which has been used as shipbuilding and ship accommodation for centuries. As we wandered through cavern like rooms filled with ancient shipbuilding tools and materials, we marveled at how, in many countries, historical/museum artifacts are in the open air with no protective coverings or security.
Another popular “must see” is The Damlatas Cave, which is famous for its healthy air for asthma patients and the cave leads directly to the most popular beach in Alanya, Cleopatra Beach, where Queen Cleopatra is said to have enjoyed the two kilometers of crystal clear sea and golden sand. When we arrived in Alanya , Cleopatra beach was packed with people however a couple of days ago when I walked the beach it was empty—-Covid and Winter have taken over.

In the six months we have been in Turkey finally managed to do a day trip to Aspendos and Said and an weekend in Cappadocia. These trips were before the following announcement from the Ministry of the Interior: Alanya , Turkey......November 18, 2020.
“Curfew for over 65 now restricted to 10am to 1pm and ‘under 20’s from 1pm to 4pm each day.” Turkey is continuing to take Covid seriously.

Wishing everyone a happy and safe Holiday Season!
Eric & Pam
Sv Pied-a-Mer III





Photo is inside the Shipyard.

Pied-a-Mer III's Photos - Main
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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 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
6 Photos
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
6 Photos
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.
30 Photos
Created 27 October 2016
A week on a mooring ball off the uninhabited island of Laregnere. Fantastic snorkeling, beach walks, afternoon games and a yummy potluck with sv Plan Sea and sv Dream Car her.
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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.
20 Photos
Created 21 April 2016
Our trip down south. Wanted to take Pied-a-Mer III back to Woolongon as that's where she had been built. Jervis Bay was a highlight because that's where we were able to meet Melinda Mathews Brogan, Melinda Altamirano's Australian pen pal (and we didn't take one photo of her)
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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
8 Photos
Created 2 June 2012
Noumea
32 Photos
Created 31 December 1969