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Swap Meet / Contessa Sold in Grenada 10/26/2019
« on: January 06, 2020, 01:36:13 pm »
Hi Everyone,

Tracy and I sold our CSY 44 walkthrough after enjoying her in the Caribbean for a few of years.  A young Singaporean by the name of Yang purchased her.  We bought her from Jeff and Carolee Kingdon in Grenada.  We enjoyed sailing her up to Culebra PR and back to Grenada. After the sale we helped deliver her to Puerto Rico for the new owner.  We thoroughly enjoyed owning Contessa, one of only 3 ketch rigged version of the CSY44. We hope Yang, the new owner, will live happily aboard her.  He has renamed her Medusa after a special Hammerhead shark found near the Bimini Shark Lab.

We had many special moments aboard Contessa: family visits, our youngest grandchild, swimming with the turtles at Tobago Cays.  My favorite was finding a 65lb Mantus anchor at the bottom of Lindbergh Bay St Thomas. It was in very good condition and had no chain nor rode attached.

Thank you everyone for your help with our adventure.  This website was very helpful. I would especially like to thank Sherry and Dave on Soggy Paws for their help and their ongoing work supporting this site.

Martin Tullier

Systems / Re: Head sinks and shower drains
« on: February 04, 2018, 10:58:51 am »
Hi All,

If the head sink drain is connected to the toilet intake, when flushing the toilet does it suck air from the sink? Or when flushing do you have to operate the "Y" valve to shut off the sink drain?  OR must you run the water in the sink when flushing the toilet?  I guess I am missing something.


Hull and Rig / Re: Csy 44 cored + rotten decks.
« on: February 04, 2018, 10:08:26 am »
Hi All,  We finally finished the granny bars install back in Oct.  I can confirm Contessa 1980 CSY 44 has a solid cabin top of fiberglass near and around the salon over head hatches. The area was about 3/8 - 1/2 inch thick.  I was mistaken back in August about foam coming out when drilling pilot holes.

Interior / Re: Hatch dogs diameter?
« on: January 31, 2018, 05:10:59 pm »
Hi Matthew,  Thank you for your response.  This will really help me out.  I will pickup some 5/16 knobs and bolts.

Interior / Hatch dogs diameter?
« on: January 28, 2018, 11:52:01 am »
I have a few hatch dogs with cracked nuts and missing bolt & knob.  I am not at the boat and need the diameter of the dog screw.  I have 2 choices 3/8-18 or 5/16-18.  Could you check the size on your boat?

Thanks a bunch,

General Discussion / Re: Hello from a new member
« on: January 28, 2018, 11:15:54 am »
Hi there,  Glad you have joined the group and welcome aboard.

Fair winds,

Martin & Tracy
Contessa 44 1980 wt

Hull and Rig / Re: External Round Chainplates Design
« on: January 28, 2018, 11:12:25 am »
Hi Doug,  I am glad you are able to use the chain-plate files I put online.  Unfortunately, we won't be using them. Not because I don't want to but because we are running out of time.  We decided to use the local skills which means our chain-plates will be external long strap type which are simpler, cheaper and quicker to fabricate.  Ours will be about 22"x4" long for the cap shroud and aft lowers and intermediate so they will extend below the rub-rail. The forward lower will be about 2-1/2" wide and a bit shorter.

Regarding the time element: Contessa is in Grenada and we hope to get her back to Annapolis before Hurricane season.  We are heading to the boat mid Feb. I plan to add photos here of the completed project.

Hull and Rig / Re: External Round Chainplates Design
« on: December 11, 2017, 03:09:34 pm »
I recently worked with Erik at DIGITAL FABRICATION RESIDENCY.  I contracted with Erik to produced CAD files for external chain-plates for the CSY44.  These are the 10" round external plates but look a little different than what has been used on Soggy Paws and Beaujolais.  I put them in the Drop box because they are to big to attach here. Look into Dropbox\CSY Info\CSY 44\Chain Plates

Also, I have quoted waterjet cut 316 SS chain-plates from Alaskan Copper.
1/2” would be $137.35 ea.
3/8 would be $108.94 ea.
2 - 3 days to water jet
This is only waterjet cutting no flathead counter sink,  radius on the edge, polishing, or bend.
Don't forget to add shipping.  That will cost me another $600 from Seattle to Grenada.

General Discussion / Re: Hide the Women and Lock Up the Whiskey!
« on: November 10, 2017, 06:17:00 pm »
Regarding rewiring: I may be in for something similar but I am not looking for it anytime soon.  Have you consider a BUS system?  Nigel Calder has it and wrote about.  I found a link to a discussion about it here

General Discussion / Re: Hide the Women and Lock Up the Whiskey!
« on: November 08, 2017, 04:59:56 pm »
Thanks Bob,  That feeling right there is why we bought her.  Thank man.

General Discussion / Re: Hide the Women and Lock Up the Whiskey!
« on: October 31, 2017, 04:46:39 pm »
Hi Bob

Welcome to the club!  We just bought Contessa, a 1980 44-walkthrough, last April down in Grenada. We have been working on her getting her ready to launch in January.  I am also interested in any electrical schematics you come across.   A few weeks ago we mounted some granny bars at the mast.  I sure am glad the cabin top is solid 3/8 or better solid fiberglass.   Like you said "a floating brick" that'll take care of you at sea.

General Discussion / Re: How to Add Yourself to the CSY Map
« on: September 28, 2017, 09:40:25 am »
That sounds very reasonable.  It wouldn't take long using the power for the crowd.
Thanks for looking into it.

Systems / Re: Lightening grounding strip mounting flush or with a gap?
« on: September 28, 2017, 09:09:35 am »
Ok, great thank you all.  Now the gap is documented here in the forum.

Systems / Re: Purchasing 10 -130 watt flexible solar panels from China
« on: September 28, 2017, 09:07:33 am »
Ah, ok got it. 
Thank you Matthew.

Systems / Re: Purchasing 10 -130 watt flexible solar panels from China
« on: September 27, 2017, 01:31:20 pm »
Thanks Matthew,  Ok I think I get it now.  Your experience was with that panels were up for about a year and some of the plastic and or film was coming away.  Do I have that right?  That is a very important point if that is the case.  The RV folks talk about using the Eternabond tape but also putting a small bead of caulk at the front edge of the tape to protect it from lifting and peeling.  Perhaps that was happening on the Amel Maramu?  Maybe the film was scratched enough to allow the wind to get up underneath it taring it away?

All good concerns.  Thank you for bringing them to my attention.

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