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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. Covid 19 brought us to Alanya, Turkey in 2020 and in 2022, we are still here.
27 April 2015 | SV Pied-a-Mer 3
27 April 2015 | SV Pied-a-Mer 3
21 April 2015 | SV Pied-a-Mer 3
19 April 2015 | SV Pied-a-Mer 3
15 April 2015 | SV Pied-a-Mer 3
11 April 2015 | SV Pied-a-Mer 3
09 April 2015 | SV Pied-a-Mer 3
08 April 2015 | SV Pied-a-Mer 3
14 March 2015 | Paradise Village Marina
12 March 2015 | Paradise Village Marina
12 March 2015 | Paradise Village Marina, Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico
25 February 2015 | Vallarta Yacht Club
24 February 2015
19 April 2014 | Mazatlan
19 April 2014 | MAZATLAN
01 January 2014 | Pied-a-Mer
24 November 2013 | La Paz
14 September 2013 | San Carlo
01 September 2013 | Algodones Beach
28 August 2013 | Marina Real---San Carlos
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09 December 2022

NOVEMBER 2022

09 December 2022

OCTOBER Continued

More about our Mesopotamia trip. One of the most interesting sites on our trip was 23 centuries of history on 3D display at the Necmi Asfuroglu Archaeology Museum- also known as the Museum Hotel. When construction started on this hotel in 2010, they discovered what ended up being the world's largest [...]

09 December 2022

OCTOBER 2022

We ended our last blog with the saga of the gauge for our water-maker being held captive by Turkish Custom

09 December 2022

NOVEMBER 2022

04 October 2022

SEPTEMBER AND SUMMER WEATHER CONTINUES

September has brought many boats into Alanya Yat Limani. With most country borders

19 August 2022

ERIC CELEBRATES A BIRTHDAY AND A NEW GENERATOR THAT WORKS

Eric celebrated his 78th birthday with friends, pizza, cake and four flavors of ice cream.

NOVEMBER 2022

09 December 2022
Pam Sellix


November has been a busy month. Finally, finally, finally after two years tied to the dock, we have been out on the water. Our new generator works beautifully, engines both working and a new membrane for the water-maker.

OCTOBER Continued

09 December 2022
Pam Sellix
More about our Mesopotamia trip. One of the most interesting sites on our trip was 23 centuries of history on 3D display at the Necmi Asfuroglu Archaeology Museum- also known as the Museum Hotel. When construction started on this hotel in 2010, they discovered what ended up being the world's largest intact mosaic floor. Thirteen different civilizations (over fifteen centuries) are believed to have contributed to the mosaic, beginning in 300BC when the Greeks were ruling this area. Naturally, construction of the hotel was halted for six months while excavations took place. Then it was decided to shift gears and incorporate the antiquities into the modern hotel. The owners invested ten years in excavations and hotel construction---an absolutely amazing project.

The second site, Göbeklitepe, a UNESCO site was my reason for going on this trip. I had watched a Turkish series on Netflix called The Gift and was intrigued with the history of the area (the series was very good). This historic site is the oldest discovered temple in the world and was built between 9,000 and 10,500 BC. It is more than 6,000 years older than Stonehenge in England and the pyramids of Egypt. As of
2022, less than 5% of the site has been excavated. Göbeklitepe is the work of people who were shifting from hunter-gatherer lifestyle to a settled life and farmer-producer system. Göbeklitepe proves that hunter-gatherers before thousands of years were not living a modest and simple life, but on the contrary we're living through an effulgence phase. In Göbeklitepe, many people came together and formed the most advanced firsts of human history with their knowledge of architecture, engineering and crafts.

At one point we were only 5km from the border with Syria---there was still no sign of military presence, but then suddenly---we drove right alongside the border and did see a barbed wire and a wall less than a hundred meters from the highway. The wall is apparently 564 km long, 2m x 3m concrete. The space between the wall and the fence is mined, and a variety of electronic surveillance weapon systems are employed.

In Midyat, with Eric looking on, I had some henna applied to my hand.

This year we celebrated Halloween at a Turkish Disco which was quite an experience. We always say that cruiser midnight is 2030 but that night didn't even begin until 2300.

OCTOBER 2022

09 December 2022
Pam Sellix
We ended our last blog with the saga of the gauge for our water-maker being held captive by Turkish Custom
Ms. Good news, we finally have the gauge!

We have seen a bit more of Türkiye (the government spelling). Eric and I spent an interesting 8 day tour of eastern Turkey, reportedly the origin of civilization itself. Traditions from thousands of years, characteristic cities, delicious cuisine and gracious people. Many of the people here are Turkish citizens of Kurdish descent.

Unlike most of eastern Turkey, the southeast is not mountainous, but rather an arid plateau at about 600 meters altitude. The region is more or less bordered by the great historical rivers, the Tigris in the east and the Euphrates in the west. The land can be fertile if it is irrigated which is why the Turkish government has invested decades of work and trillions of Turkish liras in the Southeastern Anatolia project. Known by its Turkish initials GAP, this giant public works venture has brought dozens of dams and hundreds of kilometers of aqueducts to the region, vastly increasing its capacity to grow crops and produce electricity. This once poor region is beginning to show the results of long-term investment. However, as often happens, progress has a down side. We took a boat trip on the Euphrates River, the longest and one of the most historically important rivers of Western Asia. This trip took us to the half-flooded village of Halfeti which flooded when a dam was installed some years ago. We were able to see remains of the old town beneath the clear water.

At Antakya, we visited the Hatay Archeological Museum - known for its extensive collection of Roman and Byzantine mosaics. There are many important artifacts from the Paleolithic, Neolithic, Chalcolithic, Bronze Age, Hittite, Hellenistic, Roman, Eastern Roman Seljuk and Ottoman periods in the museum. We looked at a display about cranial deformation. Recovered skulls appear elongated as a result of being bound during infancy and early childhood when the cranium is still soft. In this photo, Eric stands behind one of the recovered skulls to provide a baseline for comparison.

In the UNESCO-listed area of Mount Nemrut, we visited an ancient burial monument known as a Royal mausoleum and, after driving to a parking spot "near the top" a challenging uphill march of about 50 minutes (with thinning air) to the large burial mound that King Antiochus of Kommagagene had built for himself (altitude 2150m) in the year 100BC. Watching the sun set over Mount Nemrut was. Amazing. Photo shows Eric stopping to catch his breath on the hike to the top of Nemrut.

In Urfa, ( the city of the prophets) we visited the cave of the birthplace of the Prophet Abraham (2000BC).
The region was a crossroads of civilizations in biblical times, and even earlier. The patriarch Abraham lived for a time in Harran, south of Anliurfa. Mardin and Midyat have Syrian monasteries where services are still sung in Aramaic, the language of Jesus.

Stopping for lunch in Mardin. We removed our shoes and dangled our feet in the very cold river.

More about our trip to follow.

NOVEMBER 2022

09 December 2022
Pam Sellix


November has been a busy month. Finally, finally, finally after two years tied to the dock, we have been out on the water. Our new generator works beautifully, engines both working and a new membrane for the water-maker.

SEPTEMBER AND SUMMER WEATHER CONTINUES

04 October 2022
Pam Sellix
September has brought many boats into Alanya Yat Limani. With most country borders
having reopened, cruisers are traveling again. Along with our buddy boat sv Joana we are still the only cruising boats in the marina from the US/Canada. Several boats on our dock have arrived with Russian skippers and crew, many have families in both Russia and the Ukraine, an emotional time for them.
Eric continues to keep busy with boat projects. The most recent is our ECHO TECH water maker. We need a new pressure gauge and we're not able to source one here in Turkey. Ordering anything from outside the country can be challenging and this gauge from Trinidad is no exception. One of the consistent things about Turkey is the inconsistencies of policies, rules and regulations. They seem to change daily, which might be a slight exaggeration, but changes are made frequently. At the moment our pressure gauge is being held by customs in Istanbul. We've been told that any item arriving from out of country that is valued over $150.00 is subject to an additional fee.
The cost of the gauge was $120.00 USD with additional $62.00 USD for Fed Ex Priority to Turkey and $3.64 Administrative fee for credit card. We've sent the requested invoice, bank statement and boat documentation and now are waiting to hear from customs in Istanbul. Hopefully, by the next newsletter we will have a working water-maker.

SEVERAL DAYS LATER---- A big part of the problem with Customs, at least this is what we think, is that our package had to be released to a non-FedEx broker. Once we had this information we arranged for an agent in Antalya to help us. Mehmet, the agent, isn't comfortable dealing with English and we certainly haven't a grasp on Turkish, but we've managed to communicate through What's App. We've been waiting for a couple of days to hear from Customs what we owe for taxes and finally today( Tuesday) we received the email giving us instructions for the package to be released. We owe Customs 667.88TL for taxes and our agent Mehmet 1850.00 TL. After waiting close to two hours at Garanti Bank we were able to send the money to Mehmet in Antalya. Now, we have to wait and see when the package arrives. We leave in two days for a 10 day road trip to Eastern Turkey. Will we have the package by then? Stay tuned!




RECIPE FOR ONE OF THE MANY TURKISH SPICE MIXES.
Turkish food is delicious and nutritious, always fresh. This particular Turkish seasoning is a beautiful mixture of herbs and spices. It's uses are endless. It will keep for about 6 months but the first time I made the mixture I used it up within a week. We had it as a rub on chicken breasts, added it to yogurt for a yummy dip, sprinkled on roasted vegetables, and added it to a vinaigrette salad dressing--- I could go on and on.
4 Tbl. paprika
2 Tbl. garlic powder
2 Tbl. dried cilantro
1 Tbl. salt
1 Tbl. dried mint
1 Tbl. sugar.
1 Tbl. turmeric.
1 Tbl. onion powder
1/2 Tbl. ground cumin
2 tsp. black pepper
1 tsp smoked paprika
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp. ground sumac

Combine all herbs and spices into an airtight jar and shake----ENJOY!
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ERIC CELEBRATES A BIRTHDAY AND A NEW GENERATOR THAT WORKS

19 August 2022
Pam Sellix
Eric celebrated his 78th birthday with friends, pizza, cake and four flavors of ice cream.
We spent the day with friends who are university teachers here in Alanya. Jean Yves is Canadian and his wife, Tuba, is Turkish.
Pied-a-Mer III's Photos - Main
Busy times, warm weather
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Created 11 December 2022
Eric celebrated his 78 birthday and Jameson his first birthday.
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Created 21 August 2022
Adelynn Marie was born July 12. 2022 at 8:05 am. 5 lbs. 13 Oz.
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Created 15 July 2022
After 5 months in the US we are back on the boat. The new Paguro generator has arrived. Now to begin installation!
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Created 30 June 2022
After 2 1/2 years of Covid restrictions, we were able to fly to the States to visit family and friends.
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Created 30 June 2022
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Created 6 March 2022
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Created 27 February 2022
A new year in Turkey.
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Created 18 January 2022
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Created 8 January 2022
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Created 4 December 2021
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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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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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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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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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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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Great day trip.
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Hosted by Gary McGuire who we met in Mexico at one of our potluck S.
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Indian Celebration--Ratha Yatra. Parade through the streets of Whangarei. Music, dancing and a sumptuous lunch---vegetarian--in the Cafler Park Rose Gardens.
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Arrived in Whangarei on December 9, 2016. On a pile mooring at Town Basin.
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Created 13 January 2017
November 4, 2016-December 8, 2016
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Noumea, New Caledonia to Opua, New Zealand.
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Created 27 October 2016
A week on a mooring ball off the uninhabited island of Laregnere. Fantastic snorkeling, beach walks, afternoon games and a yummy potluck with sv Plan Sea and sv Dream Car her.
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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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Balls Head Bay, Snails Bay, Rozelle, Middle Harbour, Port Hacking, Wollongong, Jervis Bay and back to Sydney.
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Nieafu and island anchorages
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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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