Sapphire Sailing Adventures

Vessel Name: Sapphire
Vessel Make/Model: Bristol 41
Hailing Port: Rochester, NY
Crew: Moby & Caroline Burton
21 April 2017 | Spice Island Marina, Prickly Bay, Grenada
20 April 2017 | Coast Guard Station, Prickly Bay, Grenada
19 April 2017 | All stripped down with sails folded and bagged
19 April 2017 | Moby to the Rescue
15 April 2017 | Sapphire's Galley
15 April 2017 | En Route to Grenada
13 April 2017 | Tobago Cays, Afta da Lobstah
13 April 2017 | Snorkeling the Reef in Tobago Cays
12 April 2017 | Gingerbread House, after tennis
11 April 2017 | Dive at Devil's Table, Bequia
10 April 2017 | Along shoreline path back to boat, after our ridiculous hike
10 April 2017 | On the road to our Hike in Bequia
10 April 2017 | After 3 hours of tennis
09 April 2017 | Blue Lagoon Marina, St Vincent
09 April 2017 | Getting through the Breaking Reefs, St Vincent
08 April 2017 | Sunset dip in the Infinity pool at Sweet Mango,
08 April 2017 | Susan and John , après Tennis on Bequia
07 April 2017 | Off the Stern, Bequia
04 April 2017 | Sapphire under sail to Bequia, the Grenadines
02 April 2017 | Sunrise departure from the Pitons, St Lucia
Recent Blog Posts
21 April 2017 | Spice Island Marina, Prickly Bay, Grenada

Sapphire's Haulout

Let the work begin. I swear sometimes that Moby must be at least 12 years younger than I am. When it comes to working on boats, he never tires out.

20 April 2017 | Coast Guard Station, Prickly Bay, Grenada

A Sad Ending

If Boats could only talk, I’m sure Vamp would have a scary story to tell. We spotted the little 36’ sloop on our way in to Spice Island Marina for our haulout. Her jib was torn to shreds and there wasn’t much left of her mainsail. Even her hull and topsides were looking pretty beat up as she [...]

19 April 2017 | All stripped down with sails folded and bagged

Preparations to leave

"I really didn't think I'd brought this much stuff." I admitted, jam-packing everything into the one rolling duffle we had brought. "This entire suitcase is filled with stuff I never used or wore. "

19 April 2017 | Moby to the Rescue

Duty Calls

15 April 2017 | Sapphire's Galley

My night off from the Galley

Gorgeous beam reach for the better part of our daylong sail. Then as we rounded the southern tip of Granada, we were able to sail wing and wing heading into Prickly Bay. Nick dove in about as soon as we’d anchored, had put away sails and had blown up the dinghy.

15 April 2017 | En Route to Grenada

All what effort?!

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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