Adventures at Sea

Vessel Name: TabbyCat
Vessel Make/Model: Maine Cat 41 catamaran
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28 January 2019
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
Recent Blog Posts
28 January 2019


We're finally afloat after a long hiatus. Lots of land travel (7 countries in 7 months) and much work in the yard has intervened between our last trip out on TabbyCat and now. We're happy to report that we have all new electronics, including a chartplotter, AIS, depthsounder, wind instruments and Radar, [...]

28 May 2018


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


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.

Highs & Lows

25 May 2014 | South Pacific
The end of the first week of May saw us returning to 0pua in order to prepare for our upcoming trip to Raivavae in the Austral Islands, approximately 2,350 miles NE of New Zealand and 300 NM SE of Tahiti. With a one-week postponement suggested by Commander Weather (the routing service that we decided to try out on this trip) we had plenty of time to finish up our last minute odds and ends. That included a massive provisioning trip (thanks so much Bob for the loan of the car), picking up some final items from the fabulous Cater Marine Chandlery (thanks once again Bob, Mike & Glenn), visiting with Greg (crewmate on our trip to NZ 2 years ago) and his wife Ingrid, and having a fare well dinner aboard tabbycat with them and good friends Ted and Karen of Sequester. Finally, by 3:30 pm on May 9th, having completed our departure formalities with NZ customs and taken on board a full load of duty free fuel, it was with a certain amount of nervous anticipation that we set off. This route is will known as being a fairly tough beat to windward, with Jimmy Cornell (the author of the cruiser's routing bible) warning that most boats encounter some heavy weather en route. That was why we decided to try a new weather routing service - we had spotty results with our previous weather router. Let's just say disenchantment with the new service set in early. Having received a forecast for a pleasant 15 knot NW breeze for our first day's run to 350 South, we instead motored in near windless lumpy seas just to clear the coast of NZ. The only thing they got right on the first week's forecast was that we would see some squally weather. (Wind direction, wind speed or swell direction was incorrect for the first week), but boy did we see squalls with their associated micro bursts! We also had a number of lighting storms thrown in for good measure. Consequently we had a really tough time getting down to and holding our course on the 35th parallel, along which we were supposed to travel East. We had only one day of pleasant sailing in the first half of the trip; however,as a consequence of all the storms we were dodging (thank goodness for radar) we saw rainbows on 10 consecutive days. Another highlight was the appearance of Albatrosses, who glided in circles around the boat with their huge wings outstretched. We were surprised how odd they looked when they landed in the water, metamorphasizing from elegant glider to ungainly oversized lump! The only other item of note during the first half of our trip was a different sounding thump on the inside of the hull, which turned out to be a whole tree complete with rootball still attached, which by Sheer luck we managed to straddle lengthwise between the hulls. During week two, our trip soon became "interesting". Commander Weather had previously informed us of a low that they were watching South of Tonga/Fiji. It was now developing into something serious and starting to move SE towards our projected route. Despite our instincts and our interpretation of the GRIB weather files to head East as fast as we could along 35° South, we followed their advice to head NE and cut in front of the storm in order to get above it. Boy was that a mistake! We didn't see the sun or stars for 5 days. After 3 days of bashing into lumpy seas and increasing wind speeds we finally got away from the system and spent a hellish 24 hours hove to with wind speeds in the 40's & 50's, gusting to a maximum of 62 Knots. Tabbycat rattled & shook, but we had battened down everything pretty tightly and she endured the beating better than we did. Finally though, as it does, the sun did reappear, and we are back on track for the Australs. Given the prevailing SE winds that we can expect to find near the Australs, we are a lot further North than we would like to be. (It would be better to be farther East.) We've abandoned Commander Weather's routing suggestions to head even further North, and are instead presently making as much easting as we can. We are sailing with 2 reefs in fresh but manageable 20 knot winds. Hopefully we will arrive by late Tuesday early Wednesday. It's definitely not been our favorite trip, but we constantly remind ourselves that "if it doesn't kill you, it will make you stronger". Hopefully, given as far East as we have come on this trip, it will make for some pleasant downwind sailing in those same SE trade winds for the remainder of the Summer. We are anxious to drop anchor and rest a while at Raivavae which is reputed to rival Bora Bora as the most beautiful and seldom visited anchorage in the South Pacific.
TabbyCat's Photos - Main
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Created 28 January 2019
Chateau Barbeligniere & surrounds
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Created 26 May 2018
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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!
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Created 7 April 2018
with Guests Marty & Gabby
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Created 5 March 2018
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Created 25 November 2017
a small atoll 279 NM southwest of Tonga
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Created 10 October 2017
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Created 23 June 2017
We call this our Maine Cat 41 "Cruiser Edition"
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Created 13 April 2017
Life in the Jungle! Building our dream....
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Created 2 October 2016
March - April 2016
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Created 4 June 2016
2016 projects in NZ: Windows, Escape Hatches, Cabinets, Floor refinishing, Cabinet re-varnishing, etc etc.
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Created 7 May 2016
32 of our favorite photos from 2015
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Created 22 December 2015
Our new cork floors & triton shell given to us by locals
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Created 10 November 2015
Circumnavigation of Vanua Levu, including a visit to Rambi Island
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Created 7 November 2015
July & August 2015
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Created 19 August 2015
Marshall Islands from Dec 1, 2014 to May 27, 2015
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Created 17 June 2015
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Created 12 April 2015
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Created 8 April 2015
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Created 8 April 2015
7 degrees north of the Equator for the hurricane season!
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Created 8 February 2015
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Created 15 November 2014
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Created 1 November 2014
Whale watching in Niue
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Created 9 September 2014
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Created 11 August 2014
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Created 28 July 2014
from NZ to Austral Islands (Raivavae & Tubai), then on to Tahiti
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Created 28 June 2014
Northern NZ
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Created 2 May 2014
Wandering about the north island
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Created 4 April 2014
Bay of Islands, Great Barrier Island
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Created 29 January 2014
Near Auckland, on the east coast of the North Island of New Zealand
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Created 19 January 2014
favorites from USA, NZ & Fiji
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Created 25 December 2013
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Created 4 December 2013
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Created 10 November 2013
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Created 20 October 2013
Flotilla leaving Whangarei, NZ to celebrate the opening of the new Bridge
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Created 31 July 2013
Windows, propeller, facucet, etc
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Created 27 June 2013
12 Photos
Created 7 May 2013
Repairs ashore in Whangarei, NZ
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Created 16 April 2013
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Created 23 January 2013
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Created 11 January 2013
Tahiti Moorea Rarotonga Niue
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Created 1 November 2012
Sharks & other marine life
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Created 26 September 2012
Yet more photos from Rangiroa, where we stayed for 3 weeks...
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Created 17 September 2012
More photos from our second week in Rangiroa
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Created 6 September 2012
in the Marquesas, French Polynesia July 2012
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Created 27 August 2012
August 2012 Rangiroa is the 2nd largest Atoll in the world
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Created 26 August 2012
In the Tuamotos, a nation of Atolls- rings of coral islets atop extinct volcanos
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Created 23 August 2012
Tahuata & Ua Pou Islands
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Created 9 August 2012
Fatu Hiva in the Marquesas, French Polynesia
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Created 30 July 2012
Gambier Islands, Tuamotos, French Polynesia, July 2012
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Created 12 July 2012
June 2012
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Created 26 June 2012

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