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
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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,

Scotland

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....

Hawaii 5-0 !

12 May 2018 | Oahu Hawaii
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 Colin through his choice of instrument, gave him a few pointers, and amazed us both with his musical talent. Thanks Cory!Cory & Colin
Ukeleles

Whanganui

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 our entertainment each day. We're looking forward to returning the favor in a country of your choice!
click here to see more photos from our trip...

Whangarei Gardens

05 March 2018
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 even walk all the trails.
More photos of the quarry

Click here to see more photos...

On the road again....

25 November 2017
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.
Having enjoyed a month in Nuka'Alofa, Tonga, anchored off Big Mamama's a quintessential beach bar,
Big Mama's
getting a bit of kiteboarding practice in, all too soon it was time to begin the 1,000 nm trip south to NZ.

We stopped off for nearly a week en-route at North Minerva Reef , an atoll 300nm SW of Tonga in the company of 17 other yachts. Truly delighted with the incredible water clarity and happy to see numerous rays, turtles and some of the biggest lobsters we've ever seen. The coral ring of the atoll only just peeks above the surface at low tide twice a day. It was quite surreal to be able to walk the reef at those times, knowing we were safely anchored in 20' while just yards away it was 5,000 feet deep! We found flounder, sea urchins sea cucumbers, and many little fish trapped in the pools.Urchin

We left North Minerva on the leading edge of a large low pressure system, and despite a frustrating 24 hour period during which the winds died completely, TabbyCat made excellent time, completing the last 500 miles in just over 2 1/2 days. She's now safely in the marina, while we go to plant trees and tend trails for a couple of months in Panamanian jungle.

For more photos of Tonga and South Minerva, click here

Tonga!

10 October 2017 | Nuku 'Aloofa, 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,

Minerva Reef

(except for the company of a couple of grey reef sharks!)

Grey Reef Shark
Colin got his hair cut, thus adding to his ever growing list of exotic barbershop locations.

Haircut Rock
We are now happily anchored off Big Mama's in Nuka 'Alofa, Tonga.

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