S/V Sapphire Breeze has been sold!

S/V Sapphire Breeze has been sold to her proud new owners. I wouldn't say this is one of the happiest days of my life as I've been told, it's a combination of mixed emotions, but I have no regrets and am looking forward to what I can now do in my future. She's provided me with almost 4 years of amazing memories that I will forever treasure.

The main reason I sold is I was having a hard time justifying the cost for the limited use I got and I no longer wanted to feel pressured that I must go to the boat every weekend. I've only sailed my boat 9 times this year! Now there were several reasons... I had a girlfriend earlier in the season and was enjoying other activities rather than sailing, although she and I still sailed some. I then blew out my mainsail on a trip to Tangier Island in June which left my boat out of commission for a month and a half. During that time I then traveled to Washington, Oregon, and Canada and had an awesome time. After taking my vacation to the northwest, I realized I want to do more traveling and pursue other interests. That was the first time I'd ever taken a vacation like that. Selling my boat will free up some funds to permit me to travel more often. Then I didn't get to sail much in August due to hot, humid, and calm weather that we always experience on the Chesapeake. Another factor is also the magic of sailing has somewhat subsided in me. I still enjoy it, but I'm not as strongly passionate as I used to be. I will still get to sail often, this time with my friends on their boats, possibly crewing in races more often, and probably joining SCOW (Sailing Club of Washington) in Alexandria, VA. $160 a year and I could take out the boats whenever I want if they're available; you can't beat that deal! After going on the Tangier Island trip on my friend Dave's boat, I also then realized how much I do not need my own boat. It was great sailing with my friends, for the company, and since we know we are very capable sailors.

When I originally bought my boat almost four years ago, I had this whole dream of what it's going to be like. The boat has provided me with so many amazing memories the past four years, I pursued my childhood dream, and had some experiences that I used to only imagine ever happening, but overall it isn't quite what I had envisioned. My original dream was I was buying my sailboat as a social tool, how it would be great to be able to bring friends and family out all the time, to do something other than meeting up with friends at bars, to share a new experience that most people don't get to encounter. It turned out that with the boat being so far away, it became very difficult to bring people out sailing and I'm sure over half of the time I was always out there single handling my boat. Granted, I do have a very good group of sailing friends, but we often sailed together single handling our own boats. I used to think that it'd be a great dating tool, to bring girls out, and people used to make comments thinking the same thing, "that being a young single guy with a sailboat, wow you must get so many girls!"... No, going on four years has shown me it doesn't help that much. I began to realize sailing is my passion and not my friends' and family's. I found my boat to be my weekend get-away, such a nice change of pace from the normal everyday we experience during the work week. I had so many wonderful times on my boat, even when I was not able to bring friends and family out. It was so worth the past four years, I have no regrets at all, but I now feel it is time to move on to another stage in life and see what is next. I have made some very good friends through my sailing and I plan to continue to sail with them regularly.

I remember the day I bought my boat and I went to West Marine, the sales rep told me that was going to be one of the happiest days of my life. He then said the second happiest day of my life will be the day I sell my boat. Back then, I could never imagine that being true, but now I totally understand. Now that she is sold, I am not finding today to be quite one of the happiest days of my life, I have mixed emotions and it is sad to see her go, but I am also happy and relieved. I used to think I would never be without a boat, at least not anytime soon, but things do change. One of the biggest benefits now is it is a huge weight off my shoulders now. I no longer will feel that I must go to my boat every weekend to get use out of it since I'm incurring all the expenses of boat ownership. Lately I felt like I was forcing myself to head down to the boat which was not a good feeling. Now I will be free to pursue other interests, to do whatever I want any weekend, and still sail if I want with my friends. I will free up my boat expenses to save for future vacations, a future house, moving to the city, or other hobbies/interests I have.

I still love my boat, but I have let go and am happy to see her go to her proud new owners. It actually hasn't been hard for me emotionally. I think the hardest part was making the initial decision and placing the ads. After that, I realized I am selling for all the right reasons and I feel it is the best thing to do now. I really put a lot of thought into the decision and actually started thinking of selling back in May or June. I also thought about it last year, but then changed my mind. I can always buy another boat in the future, but right now I don't see it happening anytime soon. Maybe someday I will live closer to the water and be able to benefit more from being a boat owner.

I haven't posted much on my sailblog this year. I might update it with a backlog of some photos from this season, including our nine day adventure sailing south down to Tangier Island. Now that I've sold my Sapphire Breeze, one of my next traveling adventures I'm thinking about doing is chartering a 40'+ yacht down in the BVI with my friends next April. This has been another dream of mine, and now that I'm freeing up my boat expenses, I can put them towards adventures such as this.

It's been great hearing from people around the world that have read my blog over the years. I've even met some in person, one becoming a very good sailing friend that I brought into my sailing group. I will probably post every once in a while with my future sailing adventures, but it will probably be more limited as even this year had become. I hope everyone is enjoying the rest of the sailing season. Fair winds!

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Time to sell.

I have decided it is time to sell my Sapphire Breeze. She is a 1982 Catalina 25 with a standard rig and swing keel. She has been such a great boat to me, providing me with so many fond memories, but unfortunately my priorities have changed. I have put a tremendous amount of work into her over the past several years as you can see here in my blog. She is ready for her new owner to enjoy sailing her as much as I have the past several years.

List of features:
-Swing keel, 5' draft down, 2' 8" up allows for great stability and pointing ability as well as access to shallow less crowded anchorages and less expensive shallow slips.
-135% Genoa from North Sails Cruising Direct, new for 2009 season.
-Roller furler
-Currently has a C-25 tall rig mainsail in good condition that fits perfectly reefed. Original mainsail is ripped.
-1998 Honda 15hp 4 stroke extra long shaft outboard with electric start. Runs excellently, plenty of power, efficient, and is relatively quiet for an outboard. Oils changed spring 2009.
-6 gallon fuel tank. Catalina had implemented the sealed off fuel locker by 1982.
-4 spring Garhauer outboard bracket installed 2006.
-Pop-top for plenty of standing headroom and fresh air at anchor/dock
-Wind scoop for the forward hatch at anchor.
-New improved bow light, anchor light, steaming/deck combo light all with new marine wire to the circuit panel (2007).
-Rewired mast with Catalina Direct's kit (2007).
-43 watt Kyocera solar panel installed May 2008 charge the two battery banks
-Sony stereo with Polk speakers installed May 2008
-Upgraded Catalina bow stem fitting with anchor roller; much stronger/safer than original, installed June 2007.
-Fresh bottom job completed April 2009 using red Interlux Micron CSC paint.
-Windows resealed April 2009.
-New LED cabin lights for 2009 (2 main cabin installed, remaining 3 need wiring).
-All fresh water plumbing replaced and connected April 2009.
-Both manual pumps for sinks rebuilt spring 2009.
-All swing keel hardware replaced in June 2007 (bronze castings, pin, bushing, spacers, keel cable, turning ball, winch, and keel hose).
-New Jabsco marine head spring 2006.
-All new plumbing for head June 2007.
-New tiller May 2008 with tiller stay and custom fit cover.
-Bimini installed on custom made genoa track cars.
-Winch covers
-Spinnaker pole & topping lift, adjustable ring and track on mast, and secondary winches.
-B&G knot and depth meter
-Alcohol stove
-Adjustable main sail outhaul and boom topping lift, July 2007.
-Cockpit cushions
-Bulkhead mounted compass
-Life jackets
-2 Fire extinguishers
-Owner's manuals

Under sail:

Port side:

Last year I completely refinished all my teak with Cetol Natural Teak finish and Cetol Clear Gloss. I put on a fresh coat of clear gloss this spring and it looks like new.

43 watt Kyocera solar panel:


Main cabin/mobile office with dinette layout:

Rear quarter berth:

Unfortunately I couldn't get Matt to help me sell my boat this time.

This is a chance to own a one of a kind Catalina 25 that is ready to sail in very good condition. She is a beauty and most people have a hard time believing that she is 27 years old! She is perfect for the Chesapeake Bay, being able to explore the shallow creaks and she is stable when it gets rough out there.

I am asking $9,000 and open to offers. She is docked in Mayo, MD. Please contact me at Justin_4192 at hotmail.com

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Haul Out 2009

I spent a couple weekends in April completing some haul out work.


Getting power washed:

Mmm... barnacles:

Finished sanding the bottom:

Finished the first coat of bottom paint at 8pm on the first day:

Grinded off the rusted spots of the iron keel:


Painted exposed iron with a heavy duty Rustoleum primer and then with the regular Rustoleum. Ideally I'd like to remove the entire keel, sand blast it, fair and smooth it out, then encapsulate it in epoxy or some other coating. I just did not have the time and money to complete that major overhaul.

The keel spacers I bought and installed almost two years ago fell off during that time. Instead of buying another kit, this time I bought some plexiglass and created my own spacers.

The keel all finished including a fresh zinc installed:

Final prep work included polishing the top sides four times to get her looking like new:


All ready to launch:

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