Sapphire Sailing Adventures

Vessel Name: Sapphire
Vessel Make/Model: Bristol 41
Hailing Port: Rochester, NY
Crew: Moby & Caroline Burton
17 April 2018 | Winfield sanding down our toerail
16 April 2018 | Walkway in Bequia
14 April 2018 | Admiralty Bay, Bequia The Grenadines
11 April 2018 | Rodney Bay, St. Lucia
10 April 2018 | Broken Lifeline, Rodney Bay, St Lucia
10 April 2018 | Rodney Bay, St. Lucia
09 April 2018 | Martinique to St Lucia passage
07 April 2018 | View from Anchorage in Ste Anne, Martinique
07 April 2018 | Ste Anne, Martinique
07 April 2018 | Grande Anse de Saline
07 April 2018 | Ste Anne, Martinique
05 April 2018 | Petite Anse d'Arlet, Martinique
05 April 2018 | Sail to Petite Anse d'Arlet, Martinique
03 April 2018 | Iles des Saintes, Guadeloupe
03 April 2018 | View from Le Chameau Lookout Tower, Iles des Saintes
31 March 2018 | Les Galeries, Marie-Galante
31 March 2018 | Marie-Galante
31 March 2018 | Bantana Cafe, Le Plage de la Feuillere
30 March 2018 | Ste Louis Harbour, Marie-Galante, Guadeloupe
30 March 2018 | Ile de Marie-Galante, Guadeloupe
Recent Blog Posts
17 April 2018 | Winfield sanding down our toerail

Keeping up with the Brightwork

Winfield Sargeant owns our toerail. The first time I met Winfield, Moby told him he had to clear it with the "boss" if he wanted to do our varnish work.

16 April 2018 | Walkway in Bequia

"Bequia Magic"

The island of Bequia in the Grenadines, is an unspoiled jewel. It is especially a draw to sailors. We like to anchor off of Princess Margaret Beach, close enough to swim or paddleboard into shore. There is a great little path into town, past all the beach bars. Tucked behind the Gingerbread House, [...]

14 April 2018 | Admiralty Bay, Bequia The Grenadines

Happy as Clams

"Those kids are having a blast over there," I said, pointing to our neighboring sailboat. There on the foredeck at 8:30 PM were 4 little ones, ages 3-8, I'd guess, each wearing a headlamp dancing and bouncing around. When they got tired of dancing, they would climb on the boom and ride it back and [...]

11 April 2018 | Rodney Bay, St. Lucia

"Things most people don't have to think about!"

“The teeth of the starter mechanism are breaking off from our Honda outboard, Caroline…” Moby said dejectedly, “ so it won’t be long before I’ll have to take the engine apart to manually start the engine, every time we go anywhere in little dinghy.”

10 April 2018 | Broken Lifeline, Rodney Bay, St Lucia

"There Goes the Lifeline!"

Luckily we were just re-rigging little Dinghy when the lower lifeline snapped. Talk about good timing! When we are underway and heeling over, if we are overpowered by having too much sail up, Moby makes his way to the mast to set another reef. He makes his way forward by holding onto the handrail [...]

10 April 2018 | Rodney Bay, St. Lucia

Floating Fruit Delivery

“Limes. Mangoes, fresh tomatoes….perhaps a nice pineapple? What can I bring you today?” the Fruit & Veg-e-table Man called out to us. (The locals enunciate every syllable down here.)

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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