Sailing Sabrina

Coastal Cruising on our Hinckley Bermuda 40

18 October 2016 | Savannah, GA
12 July 2016 | Sail Harbor - Savannah, GA
11 July 2016 | Sail Harbour - Savannah, GA
10 July 2016 | Sail Harbor - Savannah, GA
10 July 2016 | Savannah, GA
09 July 2016 | Sail Harbor Marina - Savannah, GA
08 July 2016 | Shelter Cover Marina - Hilton Head Island, SC
10 June 2016 | Shelter Cove Marina - Hilton Head Island, GA
10 November 2015 | Hilton Head Island, SC
19 July 2015 | Charleston, SC ICW StM 477 MM
18 July 2015 | Winyah Bay Entrance - Georgetown SC
18 July 2015 | Georgetown, SC ICW StM 403 MM
16 July 2015 | 310 MM - Southport, NC
16 July 2015 | Southport, NC
14 July 2015 | 295 MM
10 July 2015 | Beaufort NC
09 July 2015 | ICW Mile Marker 130 near Belhaven, NC
08 July 2015 | Manteo, NC
03 July 2015 | Headed to Portsmouth

Sabrina Survives Hurricane Matthew

18 October 2016 | Savannah, GA
Joe Brasfield
We have solid proof that our boat,Sabrina, made it through Mathew. This was a storm that caused major damage all along the east coast. We have friends from Fort Pierce Fl to Manteo NC. Some how, all have all survived with little to no damage.

A shout out to Sail Harbor and Steve for all of there work, Shelter Cove and Jason for living up to their name, and Morningstar Marina on Saint Simons for taking care of many friends boats. We were lucky but I believe we often make our own luck based on decisions we all make. To all that had boats or homes damaged, we are very sorry and feel your pain. We can all rebuild and we will. That is the true American Spirit.

New Letters For The Old Girl

12 July 2016 | Sail Harbor - Savannah, GA
James Newsome for Joe Brasfield
While Sail Harbor is awaiting the arrival of Sabrina's new engine, the "Admiral" Pat has been busy waxing the hulls above the waterline and repainting Sabrina's name on the transom. Not only will Sabrina "run" great but she will look like a bright and shiney new penny.

Old Engine Ready To Remove

11 July 2016 | Sail Harbour - Savannah, GA
James Newsome for Joe Brasfield
In order to access Sabrina's engine for removal, the sink and half of the Galley cabinetry has to first be removed. This project is not for the faint of heart. But soon, Sabrina will be sporting a newly factory rebuilt Not Your Father's Perkins engine!

Not Your Father's Perkins 4108

10 July 2016 | Sail Harbor - Savannah, GA
Joe Brasfield
Sabrina's engine, a Westerbeke 40 HP diesel, was originally installed in 1975. The Westerbeke is the same (renamed) engine as the Perkins. Despite the fact Sabrina's engine has been well taken care for and regularly serviced, this model engine is notorious for having a leaking rear main seal. With more long distance cruising and commercial chartering on the horizon, a reliable engine is a necessity. In order to repair the rear main seal, the boat has to be pulled (put on the hard), and the engine removed. If the old engine is removed it doesn't make sense to put it back without completely rebuilding it. Comparatively, purchasing a factory rebuilt engine versus having the existing engine rebuilt by a local mechanic is the better course of action.

The Foley's Not Your Father's 4-108 Perkins Diesel engine incorporates four major upgrades that make this old reliable engine a great choice for today's replacement engine. We are excited about the new upgrades and hope to have as many years of service with the new engine as we had with the engine being replaced.


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Not Your Father's Perkins 4108; Bringing the Perkins 4108 into the 21st Century

Great tips on breathing new life into your Perkins 4108 engine - Tech Tip #126

This Tech Tip, one in a series we publish on Perkins diesel engines, discusses the various upgrades that go into our Not Your Father's Perkins 4108 Engine. The Perkins 4107/4108 engine, also known as the Westerbeke 40, made its North American debut roughly 50 years ago at the 1960 New York Boat Show. Because of its rugged and quiet cast iron design, relatively low revving operation and low cost replacement parts, the Perkins 4108 engine has been widely adopted with thousands still in use.

But time marches on. A lot of things have changed with small marine diesels since then, some good, some not so good. While more recent engines from other manufacturers may say they offer more modern features, they are lighter in weight, are often turbocharged and have to rev higher to get the same power. As a result they are noisier and more expensive to maintain. Has anyone priced out a turbo for a Yanmar recently?

This Tech Tip is written for those who appreciate their Perkins 4108 but want to incorporate sensible, cost effective modern updates. While we offer this series of upgrades in one package as a dyno-tested, factory remanufactured engine called Not Your Father's 4108, you could purchase the upgrades separately, one at a time.

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Sabrina's Hull Gets a Fresh Waxing

10 July 2016 | Savannah, GA
James Newsome for Joe Brasfield
While Sabrina is on the hard at Sail Harbor awaiting her new engine, Pat and Joe (mostly Pat) are waxing the sides of the hull above the waterline up to the toe rail. This is a difficult project at best, but much easier when the boat is out of the water.

Sabrina Gets A New Color For Her Bottom

09 July 2016 | Sail Harbor Marina - Savannah, GA
James Newsome for Joe Brasfield
While Sabrina is pulled to replace her engine, it was also time to repaint the bottom. Joe and Pat decided to go with blue bottom paint this time as opposed to the red paint from the previous bottom job. It is quite common to alternate colors of bottom paint so the layers will reveal themselves as they wear off.

It's Official - Captain Joe Brasfield

08 July 2016 | Shelter Cover Marina - Hilton Head Island, SC
Joe Brasfield
After retiring a year and a half ago from my Principalship at Windsor Forest High School and teaching at Robert Smalls in Beaufort SC, I have decided to completely retire from education and I enrolled in the 6 pack class this spring and got my 6 pack, 50 ton license , and sailing endorsement. I plan to take the ASA teaching of sailing class. My good sailing buddy and now business partner James Newsome and I are planning to start a charter business and sailing classes at Hilton Head Island. We are excited about the venture and possibilities that we will have going into both of our retirements in a few years.

New Bimini For Sabrina

10 June 2016 | Shelter Cove Marina - Hilton Head Island, GA
Joe Brasfield
After making plans to go to the Bahamas this summer, due to some health issues, we did not make the trip. Instead we have used the summer to work on the boat and do some much needed upgrades. We have purchased a new boom that is 4 feet shorter, moved the traveler to the cabin top instead of behind the helm, added a Bimini for much needed shade.

Moving Day - Beaufort SC to Hilton Head Island SC

10 November 2015 | Hilton Head Island, SC
James Newsome
Joe, Pat, and sv Sabrina have called Port Royal Marina in Beaufort SC home for most of 2015 since leaving Savannah after the first of the year. One of the great things about sailboats and cruising is that you can easily change locations for "home."

Shelter Cove Marina on Hilton Head Island, SC is one of Joe and Pat's favorite weekend getaway destinations and on a recent trip there they decided to make it their new home marina.



On Saturday November 07 on a beautiful fall day, Joe, sailing friends Geary Davis and James Newsome motor-sailed Sabrina south to her new home just across Port Royal Sound. Pat was visiting her parents in Peachtree City and missed the trip.

Charleston, SC

19 July 2015 | Charleston, SC ICW StM 477 MM
James
The picture above is Sabrina under full sail (and no auxiliary power) headed into Charleston Harbor.

Joe, Pat, and Sabrina arrived late Saturday afternoon in Charleston, SC after a near perfect day of weather for an offshore passage from Georgetown.

They will depart early Sunday headed down the ICW for Port Royal Marina in Beaufort SC thus completing their Summer Cruise to the Chesapeake Bay.

Leaving Georgetown, SC - Headed Outside to Charleston, SC

18 July 2015 | Winyah Bay Entrance - Georgetown SC
James
Joe sent a couple videos of Sabrina exiting Winyah Bay Entrance headed to Charleston, SC.



Back in South Carolina

18 July 2015 | Georgetown, SC ICW StM 403 MM
James
Pictured above is one of the interesting things Joe and Pat saw south of Myrtle Beach. It is the Coast Guard's maintenance yard for buoys and navigational aids. Joe pointed out how small an automobile looked compared to the buoys.

Joe and Pat left Southport, NC on Thursday and made it past Myrtle Beach, SC as planned. They anchored Sabrina near Osprey in Enterprise Oxbow near the ICW StM 375 MM. On Friday they made the short 28 miles to Georgetown, SC where they spent the afternoon browsing the local shops before moving to their overnight anchorage in Winyah Bay.

Winyah Bay is the inlet to Georgetown from the ocean and the anchorage just off the ICW positions Sabrina to make an exit from the ICW for 61 miles outside run to Charleston on Saturday, July 18. The northerly light winds will be favorable for this open ocean passage. Per Joe, some of the shallowest areas he's encountered on the ICW are between Georgetown and Charleston, and he wants to avoid traveling inside here if at all possible.

Just yesterday the Army Corp of Engineers announced that they will spend $2.4 million dollars dredging the ICW behind Sullivan's Island and Isle of Palms. A link to the article - "Corps has $2.4 million for Waterway dredging at IOP, Sullivan's."

A cruiser on the coastal waterways is always planning and taking into consideration conditions such as: weather, wind direction, water depths, tidal schedules, distance to destination, navigation markers, draw bridge and lock schedule, etc. When traveling like Joe and Pat the prudent skipper is planning ahead two to three days and developing optional plans if the weather or circumstances change. Last minute changes to cruising plans are more the norm than exception, but it's just the nature of the beast if the highest level of safety and cruising comfort are to be maintained.

Joe has done a remarkable job of cruise planning on this trip. However, I'm sure he's had a lot of help from the Admiral. Seriously, it is a skill that has to be learned to safely navigate the inland waterways!

I helped Joe develop his cruising options for the final three days of their cruise so I just happen to have it documented for sharing. Most of the time a skipper is looking at weather predictions, tidal information, and electronic charts as he/she does the mental planning.

ICW PLANNING FOR 07/17 FRIDAY
Osprey/Enterprise Oxbow Anchorage near Myrtle Beach
375 MM to Georgetown 403 MM
Total 35 miles from Osprey/Enterprise Oxbow Anchorage to Georgetown = 28
Winyah Bay Anchorage add 7 more miles from Georgetown at 403 MM
Total distance from Osprey/Enterprise Oxbow Anchorage to Winyah Bay Anchorage = 35 miles
High Tide at Winyah Bay Anchorage 10:33AM Low Tide 5:02PM

PLANNING FOR 07/18 SATURDAY
Winyah Bay Anchorage to Charleston Outside
Low Tide at Winyah Bay 5:43AM High Tide 11:18AM
Low Tide at Ft. Sumter 4:17PM
Turn south at "G5" leaving Winyah Bay Channel
Turn in Charleston Channel midway between "R16" and "R18"
Total distance from Winyah Bay Anchorage to "R16"/"R18" = 61 miles
Total distance from Winyah Bay Anchorage to Ft. Johnson Anchorage in South Channel = 68 miles
Total distance from Winyah Bay Anchorage to Wapoo Creek Anchorage = 73 miles

Winyah Bay Anchorage to Charleston Inside
Low Tide at Winyah Bay 5:43AM High Tide 11:18AM
Low Tide at Ft. Sumter 4:17PM
ICW StM 410 MM near Winyah Bay Anchorage
ICW StM 430 MMat McClelanville (20 miles from starting anchorage)
ICW StM 460 MM at Ben Swayer Bridge/Sullivan's Island (Weekend schedule opens on demand and on the hour)
ICW StM 466 MM near Ft. Johnson Anchorage in South Channel = 56 miles
ICW StM 477 MM near Wapoo Creek Anchorage = 67 miles

PLANNING FOR 07/19 SUNDAY
Charleston to Port Royal Outside
64 StM from Ft. Johnson Anchorage in South Channel Charleston to Port Royal mid-way "G15/G19"
80.5 StM from Ft. Johnson Anchorage in South Channel Charleston to Port Royal Marina
High Tide Port Royal Marina 12:13 PM
Low Tide Port Royal Marina 6:26 PM

Charleston to Port Royal Inside
ICW StM 477 MM near Wapoo Creek Anchorage
ICW StM 540 MM near Port Royal Marina
Total distance 63 StM
Ladys Island Swing Bridge opens on demand on weekends


Joe and Pat will travel the final leg of their amazing Summer Cruise to the Chesapeake arriving back in Beaufort, SC late Sunday afternoon. They will travel inside on the ICW for this portion of the trip because the Southerly winds are not favorable for the run from Charleston to Beaufort on the outside.

As Joe says, "More to Come."

Vessel Name: Sabrina
Vessel Make/Model: Hinckley Bermuda 40
Hailing Port: Saint Simon's Island, GA
Crew: Joe & Pat Brasfield
About: We have been full-time liveaboards for five years and we are career professional educators. We will retire within the next five years and plan to cruise the eastern coast and Caribbean. During our 2015 summer vacation from school we plan to travel from Beaufort, SC to the Chesapeake.
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Our first sailboat was a Cal 34, which we named Cest La Vie. Sailboats are sort of like houses where you start off small and eventually move up to a larger one with more bells and whistles. Cest La Vie will always hold a special place in our hearts as she taught us how to sail and cruise, and was [...]
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Sailing Sabrina

Who: Joe & Pat Brasfield
Port: Saint Simon's Island, GA