Sapphire Sailing Adventures

Vessel Name: Sapphire
Vessel Make/Model: Bristol 41
Hailing Port: Rochester, NY
Crew: Moby & Caroline Burton
12 June 2015 | Jen, Pierre and their dog Jasmine doing the Great Loop by canoe!
11 June 2015 | Caroline pushing off the walls of Lock 17 with an 8 foot 2x3
10 June 2015 | Mast de-stepped and ready to go
09 June 2015 | Hoponos, Catskill Creek, Phil and Moby putting mast supports in place
07 June 2015 | Heading up the Hudson
06 June 2015 | NYC Central Park
06 June 2015 | The Freedom Tower, NYC, built on the site of the twin towers
05 June 2015 | Meeting up with Nick in NYC
04 June 2015 | Moby tightening the leech line on our staysail en route from Cape May to Sandy Hook, NJ
03 June 2015 | Leaving C&D Canal in the fog
02 June 2015 | Jenna and her Dad en route up Delaware Bay
01 June 2015 | Jenna, sailing through the C&D Canal
01 June 2015 | Corn Hole Court
01 June 2015 | side deck of the pool
01 June 2015 | Nick giving Tyler a trim next to Bubba's backyard pool
01 June 2015 | Nick, Bubba, Missy, Caroline, Moby and Tyler in a family selfie
25 May 2015 | Aunt Eleanor & my cousin Dave, sailing out of Gibson Island
22 May 2015 | Kim and Hank, Island Creek
21 May 2015 | Chesapeake Bay frostbite sailing
20 May 2015 | Reedville, off Great Wicomico River
Recent Blog Posts
12 June 2015 | Jen, Pierre and their dog Jasmine doing the Great Loop by canoe!

“The Great Loop”

Imagine doing “the Great Loop”down the Mississippi, to the Gulf of Mexico… to the West coast of Florida, around Key West. North up the Keys to the intercoastal; up to the Atlantic Coast and the intercoastal to NYC and up the Hudson to the Great Lakes…..BY CANOE!

11 June 2015 | Caroline pushing off the walls of Lock 17 with an 8 foot 2x3

“Going through the Locks”

To even get into the locks, you are dodging floating logs, small trees, dead fish. Then, once in, the water comes shooting into the canal lock as powerful gates close behind you. Hook your pole onto one of the hanging ropes at the bow and another at the stern and hang on for the ride. The idea is [...]

10 June 2015 | Mast de-stepped and ready to go

“Moby Goes Bionic”

Before we could set off on our next adventure, we needed to de-step the mast. In preparation, Moby and I had already removed the boom and removed and folded up our mainsail and jib, which is no trivial exercise.

09 June 2015 | Hoponos, Catskill Creek, Phil and Moby putting mast supports in place

“Phil Saves the Day”

Phil saved the day. We decided that we really needed a third pair of hands to make it through the 30 locks of the Erie Canal system. When Moby broached the subject with Phil Dery and told him it would probably require a week of his time, Phil’s immediate response was “Sure! I can do that. Sounds [...]

07 June 2015 | Heading up the Hudson

Sailing past Lady Liberty

Starting on the home stretch.

06 June 2015 | NYC Central Park

A Walk in the Park

Central Park much prettier than I'd imagined

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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