Master Stateroom
The master stateroom is aft. It's comfy and
roomy with a queen-sized bed, two night
tables with reading lamps, a large hanging
locker, a sink, a vanity and lots of drawers
and stowage space. There's also a head
adjoining our cabin, but we rarely use it in
favor of the forward head which is larger.
Instead we use the aft head as a wet locker.
The Galley (looking aft)
We have refrigeration with a separate
freezer compartment (Adler-Barbour cold
plate).  I cook on a 3-burn. The layout is
convenient for cooking underway.
Navigation Station
The nav station is to port, aft of the saloon
area with a chart table/desk and most of the
electronic gear including radar/chartplotter,
single sideband (SSB), VHF, stereo,
battery monitors, wind gen and solar panel
monitors and computer.
Main Saloon - Port View
The main saloon has a settee to port with
bookshelves, a liquor cabinet and stowage
behind and beneath.  We use this settee as
a sea berth while we're underway.
Hammocks provide additional stowage
especially for easy access to snacks and
fruits and veggies.
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Nine of Cups at anchor in Hatchet Bay,
Eleuthera in the
         Nine of Cups Specifications

Manufacturer:           Liberty Yachts, Taiwan
Length Overall:         45'8"
Width (Beam):          11'9"
Draft:                        6'11"
Weight:                     18 tons
Mast Height:              59'
Sail Plan:                   Cutter Rig
Engine:                      90HP Ford Lehman Diesel
Water Capacity:        240 Gallons
Fuel Capacity:           160 Gallons
Designer:                   ?????? - a debate...see below!
Year Built:                 1986

  • As of our 2009 haul-out, Cups had gained a little
    weight and tipped the scales at 22 tons.
  • We've added a watermater and we've converted
    one leaking water tank to canned good stowage
    by cutting off the top of the tank. Water capacity
    is now two tanks totalling 120 gallons.
  • We have replaced both fuel tanks and converted
    another leaking water tank to a fuel tank. Total
    diesel capacity now = 170 gallons
David painstakingly carved two nameboards
for our bow from mahogany wood.  The
project took several months and 18k gold leaf
was used for the letters. To read the
which David published in Boatworks, click here.
Cups in the moonlight on the
Main Saloon - Starboard View
The main saloon, starboard, has the dining
table which seats 4-6, bookshelves,
stowage lockers and additional stowage
behind and below the settee. A battery
bank, refrigeration electronics and the
watermaker are also located beneath the
settee. David also uses this area for
stowing tools, paints, etc.
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Anakena anchorage, Easter Island
s/y Nine of Cups
The Nickel Tour
Updated 2012
We bought "Nine of Cups" in 2000 from its original owner in Kemah, Texas. We
had been looking for a "home" for nearly a year and had visited Annapolis,
Newport, Seattle, Ft. Lauderdale, Miami...the list goes on, but all to no avail. We
had never seen a Liberty before...there weren't very many made...and we were
visiting Kemah to look at another boat when the broker suggested we take a look
at this one. It was love at first sight! She was the right size, the right price (??)  and
a perfect layout for two people...and a cat!

We made the offer, had her surveyed and closed the deal in late February. We
visited and brought some gear in March, moved aboard in April and sailed away
across the Gulf of Mexico in May. We've been living aboard and sailing ever since.
Take a photographic tour of "Nine of Cups" below.
"Cups" under way in the Carib. Photo
by Joanne Clare, "Rusty Bucket"
Deck plan of the Liberty 458. For more information about
Liberty's, click here for a link to the
Liberty Yachts.
Floor plan of a standard Liberty 458. Note that "Nine of
Cups" floor plan differs slightly in that there is also access
via the galley  to the aft cabin which means no shower in
the main stateroom, but a larger, more open galley.
We hang as much as we can. We hang fry pans on the back of the galley/aft cabin access door. A hanging basket provides room for onions,
garlic, potatoes, etc. Mugs hang from hooks above the fridge. Note that during passages, we've rigged bungees which are attached to hooks
and keep the pans from banging and swinging. Below the pots is a locker which houses a microwave which we usually forget is there since
we can only use it when we have shore power.Below  the microwave locker is access to the engine room.
Forward of the saloon is another stateroom with a
double pullman berth and a single berth (above)
which we use primarily for storage. This forward
stateroom also includes a desk-office setup to port
(left) which is also used for storage especially during
long passages.
A swing-out chair can be used for
the vanity or removed from its
bracket and used as extra seating at
the saloon table.(seldom used)
We've updated and added
electronics along the way. For
more on
Aboard, click here.
Want to know how Nine of Cups
got her name? Click here to find out
What's in a Name?"
Who designed the Liberty 458? Hmm...we were told when we bought the boat that it was a Robert Perry design and never questioned it. In 2011 in Dunedin, NZ, we met and
became friends with Richard O'Neill-Dean who was keen on the design and layout of our Liberty much so that he took the time to research its designer. From Richard's research:

"One of the interesting things I did discover is that there's quite a lot of confusion and contradictory information around the designer of the 458's. It looks as though the design is the happy
outcome of a number of great minds building and modifying an original starting point. I know you said, David, that the designer was Robert Perry but so far, in my admittedly not very scholarly
research, he is not the strongest contender. Just to add to the debate I will put in my findings to date:
From the Liberty Yachts Web-site: “To tell the history of the Liberty-yachts, it is a hard thing to do. We would like to do this with the words of the man, who had the idea to build these
beautiful boats - Peter Hoyt. My precis of this story from the Liberty Yachts Web-site and other web sources: Peter Hoyt became acquainted with Jack Kelly of San Diego, who decided to
develop and produce the Peterson 44 and had Shin Fa build the molds for the Peterson 44. Jack then started selling a ton of the Peterson 44's, and there was no way Shin Fa could keep up
with his production demands. There was a legal contest and the original Peterson 44 moulds at Shin Fa were ordered by a judge to be destroyed. Jack moved the design to a new factory and
built new moulds for the Peterson 44. Peter and Jo Hoyt had shipped a Formosa 47 to Seattle while they were waiting the completion of the first of the line of the Perry-designed Passport
sailboats. People fell in love with the Formosa 47.... which was literally a piece of junk, a warranty nightmare, but it looked pretty and, as mentioned, the layout was dynamite!
They then decided to go back to Taiwan and try to incorporate their greatly modified version of the Formosa 47 interior into a new boat to be built at a different and a much higher quality boat
yard. Peter re-approached Shin Fa to see if they would be willing to build a production boat for him (?based on the ?Peterson-designed Formosa 47 ?46) and found they had built a new
mould, an extended version of the Peterson 44 for a group of Germans who were importing them as charter boats, since Shin Fa still had the original lines and offsets. It was this "German
charter boat" mould (?re-designed by Jörg von Rehden* of Germany) that Shin Fa wanted to utilize for what became the Liberty 458. Peter designed a new deck-mould and let them "have a
go at it"! To this day, Peter still can't believe that they compressed the ?Formosa 47' ?46 interior in a much narrower-beamed 458 (?re-designed by Jörg von Rehden* of Germany) - but they
did it and they did it well.

Other web-site information, most of it contradictory!:
  • “Liberty 458 / Delta 46 is a centre cockpit cutter-rigged sailing vessel designed by Jörg von Rehden* (Germany) in the late 1970’s and Peter Hoyt (USA) in the early 1980’s. The
    yachts were built at the Shin Fa yard in Taiwan.”
  • “The Liberty 458 was designed by the legendary Doug Peterson”
  • "Designer:Peter Hoyt/D. Peterson"
  • Model: 458 - Designer: Peter Hoyt"
  • “The hull is the same mould as the Kelly-Peterson 44.”

It certainly is an interesting story. It looks like it sums up into something like this: An original hull design by Doug Peterson, the Kelly-Peterson 44, was stretch-modified, probably without
permission, by Jörg von Rehden and the Shin Fa Yard, to give the Liberty 458 hull shape. For this hull Peter Hoyt then came up with a new deck-mould and interior design from modifications
to a "borrowed" larger Formosa interior layout. The result is history! "

Whew! Whoever designed the Liberty 458...thank you! and thank you, Richard, for giving us more history about the Liberty 458.
Athol Bay with Sydney Harbour Bridge
in the background. Australia