Adventures at Sea

Vessel Name: TabbyCat
Vessel Make/Model: Maine Cat 41 catamaran
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28 May 2018
12 May 2018 | Oahu Hawaii
07 April 2018 | Bushy Park
05 March 2018
25 November 2017
10 October 2017 | Nuku 'Aloofa, Tonga
23 June 2017 | Whangaeri Town Basin
13 April 2017 | Work done mostly in New Zealnd, with a little done in the Marshall Islands
02 October 2016
12 September 2016
23 May 2016
07 May 2016
22 December 2015
10 November 2015
02 September 2015
24 June 2015 | Fiji
30 May 2015 | Leaving the Marshall Islands
08 February 2015 | Majuro, Marshall Islands
25 November 2014 | en route to the Marshall Islands
Recent Blog Posts
28 May 2018

Scotland

We had a delightful visit to Scotland's Isle of Harris with friends Mike & Jill. The weather swung back and forth between "atmospheric" to "lovely" and we managed to get in quite a a bit of bog trotting and beach walks, not to mention a visit to the Harris tweed shop and the local distillery. The scenery was so dramatic - we were taking 100 photographs a day - making it difficult to decide which photo to use as the header for this blog. If you'd like to see more amazing Scotland photos, click here....

12 May 2018 | Oahu Hawaii

Hawaii 5-0 !

Yes, we really did stop for a day in Hawaii enroute to Scotland! One of the best Ukelele stores in the world is at the north end of Oahu, so we rented a car for the day and enjoyed a scenic drive to the north end of the island. We met Cory of "Hawaii Music Supply" aka "the Ukelele Site" who guided [...]

07 April 2018 | Bushy Park

Whanganui

We spent traveled to Whanganui for Easter. Much chocolate was consumed in the evenings, and good times were had on the black sand beaches with Hadley and family. Rick, thanks for getting the hot tub heated up, that was a real treat! Boz - thanks for being such a great host , cooking and arranging for [...]

05 March 2018

Whangarei Gardens

We were pleased to have Marty & Gabby join us for a week aboard TabbyCat. Since we're currently based in Whangarei, we decided to show them the lovely gardens in the old rock quarry. There are some truly amazing and exotic plants to be seen! We spent the better part of the afternoon there, and didn't [...]

25 November 2017

On the road again....

Since we last wrote, we've had some high adventures, but tonight's missive comes from the not so exotic location of LAX airport. We're halfway through our journey from Whangarei New Zealand to Bocas Panama. Two flights down, two to go.

10 October 2017 | Nuku 'Aloofa, Tonga

Tonga!

After many months of hard work on boat projects, we finally left New Zealand. Stopping on the way to Tonga at South Minerva Reef, we were able to enjoy the Atoll all to ourselves,

Paradise

20 October 2013 | Fiji
C&C
We've been 6 weeks in Fiji without a blog update- our apologies to those of you who were getting worried about our lack of communication. After a very low key check in at SavuSavu .....ashore at a picnic table..... we caught up with old friend Rob, of Changing Spots. SavuSavu is a busy town, with many restaurants, stores, and opportunities for re-provisioning. We had planned on only staying a few days, but somehow this stretched to two weeks! Finally we managed to tear ourselves away, intending to spend one night off of Cousteau Resort, before heading out to Namema Island. That one night turned into three when we met up with old friends David and Silvie from Puddytat. They gave us some good info on places we might want to visit before we headed over to Namena, Fiji's first marine reserve, where we planned to do some diving. Unfortunately, we discovered that one of our regulators was leaking air, so we had to satisfy ourselves with snorkeling and a bit of paddleboarding. Next we sailed to Koro Island, where there are free mooring buoys and a very welcoming ex-pat community. Koro has a "club" where the locals gather every evening for happy hour in order to swap stores and meet the cruisers. There are over 500 building lots on the island, but only about 40 homes have been constructed so far, and at any given time, only 5-10 of them are occupied, so it is a small community. They are a very self sufficient lot, growing their own vegetables and fruit, collecting rainwater, and powering their houses off the grid on solar power and large battery banks. In many ways, their houses are a lot like boats. On our second night we were invited to the birthday party of one of the full-time residents, Neil, a larger than life Scotsman, and his lovely wife Hwei-Ying. At that party, we were also fortunate enough to meet Samantha from Yorkshire and her husband from Argentina, who were to be leaving for an extended visit abroad. They kindly invited us to visit their house & garden and gave us free rein to pick whatever we wanted. What a treat to help ourselves to bananas, papaya, spinach, radishes, squash, tomatoes, lettuce, lemons, & eggplant with the only restriction being how much we could carry. We also shared the bay with Ding & Sue on Chiquita from New Zealand and Fruits de Mer from Holland. We spent a very pleasant 10 days in the bay, snorkeling , diving, and wandering the back trails of the island. Our explorations also included wandering through a dilapidated house that had been the prize for some survivor type reality show. After a brief stop back in SavuSavu to resupply, we headed east, and after a lovely 1 day sail, arrived at Viani Bay. Rob & Thia joined a day later, and together we have enjoyed the last 10 days in this delightful setting. Camping in the back yard of a delightful local family, who invited us to Sunday lunch, and with whom we shared Colin's chocolate & orange birthday cake. Young Andrew was especially fond of the chocolate cake! Have also met one on of Fiji's well know characters, Mr. Jack Fisher, who is renowned amongst the cruising community for providing inexpensive guide services to the white wall and cabbage patch dive sites. The weather has not been the best of late, so we've mostly been paddle boarding & kayaking around the local area. Today we completed a major maintenance task - giving the outboard engine a thorough overhaul, including removing & cleaning the carburetor, as it had started acting up. One other project on the books, the spice rack, is making slow but steady progress towards the galley wall, as layers of varnish are added every few days. That's about it for now. We'll try and be a bit more consistent from now on....... and not let our busy schedule become an excuse!

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TabbyCat's Photos - Main
Chateau Barbeligniere & surrounds
17 Photos
Created 26 May 2018
84 Photos
Created 12 May 2018
a quick stop to pick up a Ukelele!
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Created 12 May 2018
Land trip to visit the rellies!
58 Photos
Created 7 April 2018
with Guests Marty & Gabby
29 Photos
Created 5 March 2018
2017
11 Photos
Created 25 November 2017
a small atoll 279 NM southwest of Tonga
20 Photos
Created 10 October 2017
5 Photos
Created 23 June 2017
We call this our Maine Cat 41 "Cruiser Edition"
64 Photos
Created 13 April 2017
Life in the Jungle! Building our dream....
20 Photos
Created 2 October 2016
March - April 2016
50 Photos
Created 4 June 2016
2016 projects in NZ: Windows, Escape Hatches, Cabinets, Floor refinishing, Cabinet re-varnishing, etc etc.
17 Photos
Created 7 May 2016
32 of our favorite photos from 2015
31 Photos
Created 22 December 2015
Our new cork floors & triton shell given to us by locals
10 Photos
Created 10 November 2015
Circumnavigation of Vanua Levu, including a visit to Rambi Island
49 Photos
Created 7 November 2015
July & August 2015
6 Photos
Created 19 August 2015
Marshall Islands from Dec 1, 2014 to May 27, 2015
14 Photos
Created 17 June 2015
138 Photos
Created 12 April 2015
56 Photos
Created 8 April 2015
39 Photos
Created 8 April 2015
7 degrees north of the Equator for the hurricane season!
23 Photos
Created 8 February 2015
34 Photos
Created 15 November 2014
57 Photos
Created 1 November 2014
Whale watching in Niue
19 Photos
Created 9 September 2014
40 Photos
Created 11 August 2014
20 Photos
Created 28 July 2014
from NZ to Austral Islands (Raivavae & Tubai), then on to Tahiti
35 Photos
Created 28 June 2014
Northern NZ
21 Photos
Created 2 May 2014
Wandering about the north island
22 Photos
Created 4 April 2014
Bay of Islands, Great Barrier Island
42 Photos
Created 29 January 2014
Near Auckland, on the east coast of the North Island of New Zealand
23 Photos
Created 19 January 2014
favorites from USA, NZ & Fiji
50 Photos
Created 25 December 2013
14 Photos
Created 4 December 2013
FIJI
29 Photos
Created 10 November 2013
20 Photos
Created 20 October 2013
Flotilla leaving Whangarei, NZ to celebrate the opening of the new Bridge
17 Photos
Created 31 July 2013
Windows, propeller, facucet, etc
14 Photos
Created 27 June 2013
12 Photos
Created 7 May 2013
Repairs ashore in Whangarei, NZ
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Created 16 April 2013
60 Photos
Created 23 January 2013
120 Photos
Created 11 January 2013
Tahiti Moorea Rarotonga Niue
12 Photos
Created 1 November 2012
Sharks & other marine life
13 Photos
Created 26 September 2012
Yet more photos from Rangiroa, where we stayed for 3 weeks...
11 Photos
Created 17 September 2012
More photos from our second week in Rangiroa
12 Photos
Created 6 September 2012
in the Marquesas, French Polynesia July 2012
1 Photo
Created 27 August 2012
August 2012 Rangiroa is the 2nd largest Atoll in the world
15 Photos
Created 26 August 2012
In the Tuamotos, a nation of Atolls- rings of coral islets atop extinct volcanos
17 Photos
Created 23 August 2012
Tahuata & Ua Pou Islands
15 Photos
Created 9 August 2012
Fatu Hiva in the Marquesas, French Polynesia
20 Photos
Created 30 July 2012
Gambier Islands, Tuamotos, French Polynesia, July 2012
23 Photos
Created 12 July 2012
June 2012
26 Photos
Created 26 June 2012

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