Sapphire Sailing Adventures

Vessel Name: Sapphire
Vessel Make/Model: Bristol 41
Hailing Port: Rochester, NY
Crew: Moby & Caroline Burton
24 February 2017 | Port de Plaissance Country Club, Sint Maarten
23 February 2017 | Melange Grill, Port de Plaissance, Sint Maarten, (clockwise Paul, Capt John, Jack Huttner, Bob, Jay, Caroline & Moby)
20 February 2017 | Porto Cupercoy, Simpson Bay Lagoon, Sint Maarten
17 February 2017 | Princess Casino, Sint Maarten
14 February 2017 | Pineapple Pete's, St Maarten
13 February 2017 | Pineapple Pete's
11 February 2017 | Mullet Bay, St Maarten
10 February 2017 | Arriving to St Maarten after the Anegada Passage
09 February 2017 | Saba Rock, Virgin Gorda
08 February 2017 | En route to Soper's Hole
06 February 2017 | Dinghy Dock in Cruz Bay, St John
05 February 2017 | Rum Hut, St John
04 February 2017 | Caneel Bay, St John
04 February 2017 | Caneel Bay
04 February 2017 | Caneel Bay, St John
03 February 2017 | Caneel Bay, St John, USVI
02 February 2017 | Great Harbor, Jost Van Dyke
01 February 2017 | “White Bay, Guana Island”
31 January 2017 | Anegada
Recent Blog Posts
24 February 2017 | Port de Plaissance Country Club, Sint Maarten

"Our Sint Maarten Tennis Camp"

“You could use some work on your serve.” Coach Moby advised, while gently offering me some tips.

23 February 2017 | Melange Grill, Port de Plaissance, Sint Maarten, (clockwise Paul, Capt John, Jack Huttner, Bob, Jay, Caroline & Moby)

A Classic Way to See the World

Our buddy, Jack Huttner, has figured out a classic way to see the world and get tons of off-shore sailing experience at the same time. He basically signs up to help deliver sailboats…anywhere and everywhere.

20 February 2017 | Porto Cupercoy, Simpson Bay Lagoon, Sint Maarten

"Dinghy-In Movie!"

“On Monday nights, they offer free 1st Run movies on the terrace at Porto Cupercoy, if you are interested”, our new tennis buddies, Terry & Jim, informed us after 2 hours of running around the court.

17 February 2017 | Princess Casino, Sint Maarten

Pole Dancing Anyone?

Just for kicks, Moby and I decided to head over to the Princess Casino last night where they were featuring a Pole Dancing Competition. Looks like a great way to get really fit. On the boat, I could probably use the mast to practice on, but we are still trying to decide where we could intall a pole [...]

14 February 2017 | Pineapple Pete's, St Maarten

"Valentine's Dinner"

It had been a great Valentine’s Day so far. We’d taken a dinghy excursion over to the French side of St. Martin and a man in a store actually asked me if I spoke English. I’ve been working on my French for awhile, so I was flattered when he asked if I could translate something to the French shop [...]

13 February 2017 | Pineapple Pete's

"Pool Sharks"

We are so lucky to have met so many great people in our sailing lives. We had first met Sam & George Chandler when they sailed their gorgeous 56’ Oyster “Champlain” into Fort Louis, St. Martin back in 2011. We have an incredible amount in common, dating back to growing up days when George actually [...]

Replacing Sapphire Piece by Piece

11 May 2012 | Rodney Bay, St Lucia
Caroline & Moby
Caroline: I left Moby in the torrential rains on Thursday morning to deal with a six hour single-handed sail back up to Rodney Bay, followed by 2 full days of dealing with a hot water heater replacement. He had to extract the old heater from a place too small for any human being to squeeze into, and then install a new water heater into the same space, located just behind the engine. It would, no doubt, entail every impossible yoga posture ever invented, and many expletives that no one would be around to hear.

Moby: I knew we had a minor water leak but over the past month it was getting worse. Since water is our most scarce commodity, I knew it had to be fixed. Unfortunately, the leak was in the worst place – the hot water heater. While in Rodney Bay St. Lucia, the local chandlery, Island Water Works, told me they could have one shipped in by Fed Ex from Miami. I ordered the water heater and then delivered Caroline to Vieux Fort so she could fly to California for Tyler’s graduation. Upon my return to Rodney Bay, I picked up the hot water heater which cost about 3 times what a water heater for a house costs (plus $300 shipping, plus $75 customs fee, plus $50 credit card fee).
The hot water heater is located behind the engine and under the steering station. In order to change out the heater, I had to clear out the “garage”. This is a storage area behind the aft stateroom where we store all the stuff we will never need again – 4 five gallon jerry cans, a styrofoam cooler, 5 blankets, a Christmas tree, Christmas wrapping paper, etc, etc. Then I had to remove the shore powered refrigeration system and remove the panels between the storage compartment and the engine room. It took me a whole day to get access to the water heater and remove it. It then took the entire next day – including 3 trips to the chandlery – to install the new one. The following day I restored order to the “garage” and took a hot shower.
Now, all is well with Sapphire until the next boat part fails.





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