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,

Away at Last!

30 May 2015 | Leaving the Marshall Islands
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Our last update was written on the way to the Marshall Islands. It's now 6 months later, we've just left, and without adding another blog entry in-between. So ..... this will be a recap of what we've been up to!

Majuro is by far the largest town, and serves as the capital city of the Marshall Islands. Located in the lagoon of the same name, we spent all our time there, with occasional (10), but extended, trips to the nearby Islets of Anemanet and Eneco. There the water was clear and good for swimming,snorkeling and diving (numerous wrecks), and there was no boat traffic from the tuna fishing vessels. Unfortunately, between their bureaucracy and our boat projects and extended time away, we did not get to visit any of the other islands that make up the Marshalls. That was a shame because other cruisers reported both the scenery and locals to be delightful, and we're sure it would more than have offset our memories of the area. Unfortunately those are largely influenced by the town of Majuro itself which is, to be totally honest, a bit of a dump - hence all the time spent on the outlying islets. We made new friends (David & Kate-Snufkin, Pete-French Kiss, Larry-Tribute, Kim-Sylas, Maury & Rhondi-Navigator, Claude & Jacqueline-Celsius and Bruce & Laura-Pacific Highway), and caught up with old friends (Rix & James on Pogeyan, Rob on Changing Spots and Vicky on Inspiration @ Sea). This was the 6th country that our paths have crossed with Changing Spots! We took advantage of the easy US postal shipping rates and completed many projects while in Majuro: ordered cork flooring for upstairs, replaced reefing lines with lightweight but super song Dyneema, added a seat/storage box in front of the helm station and a new shelf in the galley, added line covers to the outside decks, installed a new macerator pump, a new VHF Radio with horn, hailer & AIS ship tracking, new bow nets, and added in-line filters to the rain catchment system.

We spent Christmas with the other cruisers at Anemanet, and much fun was had going caroling by dinghy around the anchorage. We left the boat on the mooring in February for a trip to the US & UK, spending time in Utah with Colin's family and in St Augustine with Susan's. Then it was off to England for a tour of Colin's old school haunts, meeting up with family & friends (niece Katia & Brett - whose NZ wedding we attended last year - in London, college mates in Oxford and London, Maggie in Cambridge, a lovely family reunion organized by sister Sue @ Ma's retirement home near Burford, Mike and Jill in Kirkby Steven with, finally, their daughter Katherine & Ady's delightful wedding as the grand finale. Phew!

When we got back to the boat, projects loomed again - The Fridge would not start, and after a week spent futilely trying to repair it, we had to order another. For another tense week it seemed as if it was lost in transit, but it made a sudden appearance at the post office and all was well. We immediately set about its installation so we could provision & leave. Changing Spots left before us with a number of other boats, but limped back into port after about a week with torn sails, torn bow nets, water in the hull, and new crew member Jan suffering torn shoulder ligaments and a broken tooth as the result of a fall. We helped port out the wet bilges, and while certainly the return to Majuro was a disappointment to Rob & Jan, we enjoyed spending a bit more time in their company. Other boats leaving with Spots also had their share of troubles. Celsius lost a rudder, Tranquility had hydraulic issues with their steering, and Bluebie had an up close and personal encounter with an overly amorous whale looking for a mate. No word yet as to whether or not it was a Humpback!

Which all brings us to today. We are currently on passage to the French Island of Wallis, and from there to Fiji. So far it has been quiet, but very slow. Mostly light, fickle airs. Thankfully we have our screacher (big foresail off the bow sprit) for which we have renewed appreciation, having discovered that by sheeting it in really tight we can point almost as high as the tiny jib, keep pressure on the sails and thus, even in these very light airs, keep the boat moving - where most others would have had to resort to "iron jenny". We've also found that in these light winds the hulls themselves provide enough lateral resistance, even on these tight beats, and are thus able to keep the daggerboards up.... and therefore increase boat speed just a wee bit. Never too old, huh?. Presently making for the convergence point of the equator (0 degrees N/S )& the International Date line ( 180 degrees E/W ) where we hope to take a swim! Currently about 500nm into a 1700nm trip, but already looking forward to French bread & brie!
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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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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
2017
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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
FIJI
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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
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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
120 Photos
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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