Nine of Cups is For Sale

Nine of Cups - Liberty 458 Cutter - $165,000

After nearly two decades of adventures to exotic ports and secluded anchorages around the world, it's now time to part with our well-loved, well-maintained sailing yacht. Nine of Cups, built in 1986, is a 45' (14 m) blue water cruiser designed for comfort and long-distance passagemaking. She is fast, solid and sea kindly, and rugged enough to safely cross any ocean in the world ... and she has! She features a modern, livable design, and her warm teak interior demonstrates a great attention to detail and quality workmanship. Two roomy staterooms with en suite heads, a nicely appointed saloon and a well-designed galley make her suitable for entertaining, day-hops along the coast or the longest ocean passages. 

She is currently moored at the Atlantic Yacht Basin in Chesapeake, VA, where we'll spend the next couple of months sprucing her up and taking care of a few issues. We plan to sail her to Florida in late fall,  and officially put her on the market.

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For a list of all her features, additions and other good stuff, you can take a look at this blog. I've also itemized the areas that need attention, and what we plan to repair before putting her on the market in this blog. Most of the anticipated work is cosmetic at this point – lots of varnish and paint – but there are a few repairs needed as well. The goal is to get her in pristine shape again, ready for extended cruising, whether the new owner plans to head to the Carib or Cape Horn.

We just had a survey done and the valuation was set at $165,000, which is the price for which we'll offer her once she's in Florida.

Over the years, we've compiled a lot of additional information about Nine of Cups and the Liberty 458 in general.  Take a nickel tour here.

If anyone is interested in buying Cups while we're still here, however,we are willing to offer her for substantially less. Send us a message on FB Messenger or contact us via our email at nineofcups1 at


This has not been an easy decision, but we feel it's the right decision. After nearly 20 years aboard, it's time to move on … just a little further … to our next adventure.

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