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,

Baguettes, terrine de Canard, etc

10 July 2014 | Tahaa, Leeward Socity Islands, French Polynesia
C&S
Anchored at the head of Haamene Bay, enjoying an after dinner Bailey's and listening to Billy Joel, we thought it was way beyond time to bring you up to date on our adventures in French Polynesia. When last we wrote we were wandering around Tahiti. We completed our circumnavigation of that pleasant land at the same anchorage that we first used when we arrived two years ago, Tahiti Yacht Club, a few kilometers east of Central Papeete. Enjoyed a relaxing week on one of their moorings, took full advantage of the Carrefour grocery store just up the road, and even found replacements for our recently defunct engine room blower and bilge pump at the local chandlery. The most memorable part of our stay however occurred during a windy day when we noticed a Westsail 32 sailboat dragging through the anchorage. No one seemed to be coming to it's aid, and it was fast approaching the rocks, so we quickly launched the dinghy and headed out to do our civic duty. With Susan on board the Westsail and Colin pushing it sideways with the dinghy, we got it untangled from one catamaran and rafted up with another sloop nearby .... tying it up with whatever lines and fenders we could find lying about. We went ashore and let the yacht club manager know the situation, and he called the owner. A couple hours later, while launching another foraging trip to the Carrefour, we met Roger, the owner. He gratefully invited aboard to thank us in person for saving his newly acquired boat. It turned out that Rapscallion had been sailed from Florida, through the Canal and across the Pacific to Tahiti, whereupon its single handed owner had decided that the seafaring life was no longer for him. Unable to sell the boat, he looked about for a worthy recipient of a gift horse, and found Roger, a local sailing instructor. So Roger got an an around the world cruising boat in great condition for the princely sum of $1. Extremely grateful that his prized possession didn't end up on the rocks, Roger let us help ourselves to resupply our boat from his. We ended up with some nice new line, tools, electronics, books and food.
Rapscallion With our our new blower and bilge pump installed, we left the safe confines of the yacht club and spent an evening off Point Venus where Captain Cook landed in 1769 to observe the transit of the planet by which the point is named. We enjoyed a wander around the lighthouse, named in Cook's honor, but erected 100 years after his visit, and designed by the father of Robert Louis Stevenson (author of Treasure Island). We also noted the placard commemorating the visit of the Bounty mutineers. Later on we took the opportunity afforded by the crystal clear waters to clean TabbyCat's hulls. The following day we set off on the 100 nm mile trip to Huahine in the Leeward Society Islands. We arrived in the morning after an uneventful overnight run. The anchorage of Avamoa Bay was really unpleasant with wildly fluctuating currents, so we moved down to the south end of the island and spent a delightful week at Point Tiva, where we anchored in 20' of white sand. We did some hiking, paddle boarding, and snorkeling, and started some woodworking projects. Feeling the pressure of days ticking by, we sailed off to neighboring Raitaia, a lovely days run under screacher. Conditions were so good we even sailed through the pass itself to anchor behind the reef at Baie Hotopuu in 6' of water. Venturing up to Bay Faaroe, we paddled the river for 4 kilometers, marvelling at the verdant scenery, and even spotting a good sized eel. It was with some trepidation that we headed up to the main town of Uturoa, as we desperately needed to reprovision, but had read that the only anchorage was in 80-90' of water. Luckily we spotted a few small boats on the seaward size of a tiny moto (islet) , so we ventured through the shallow & narrow pass and again anchored in 6' of crystal clear water. Local blacktip sharks Blacktip are "trained" to show up when they hear a motor, which is a bit of a surprise when you're about to jump in to check the set of your anchor. ( Were thinking of you Greg as we did so!) Our anchoring in this area encouraged a number of other boats to brave the pass, and over the next few days the area filled up with a dozen other cruisers, mostly catamarans.
Uturoa anchorage
The pass was used regularly by windsurfers, kite boarders and by local traffic on their way to the neighboring island of Tahaa . Not wanting to go back through the narrow channel, we followed the locals, picking our way through the reef and anchoring behind the motu guarding pass Toahutu, which is the eastern approach to Isle Tahaa. Jumping into the water for a quick swim around the motu, we were rewarded with a couple of rays, a conch, and two moray eels. The first one was a small one, teeth bared and defending its burrow. We encountered the second moray in open water as we were blithely swimming back to the boat. 6 ' of fearless undulating green took a look at us and decided we were not to his taste. He certainly elevated our heart rates though! Tomorrow we're off to visit a turtle sanctuary, and continue our anti-clockwise loop around isle Tahaa.
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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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Land trip to visit the rellies!
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Created 7 April 2018
with Guests Marty & Gabby
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2017
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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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7 degrees north of the Equator for the hurricane season!
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Whale watching in Niue
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Created 9 September 2014
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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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favorites from USA, NZ & Fiji
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Created 25 December 2013
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FIJI
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Created 10 November 2013
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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
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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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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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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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Fatu Hiva in the Marquesas, French Polynesia
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Gambier Islands, Tuamotos, French Polynesia, July 2012
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June 2012
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