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Swap Meet / CSY 44 WO "Nesta" for Sale in Trinidad
« on: May 22, 2018, 02:24:19 am »
We've been contacted by the current owners of this CSY for help in getting the word out that their nicely-upgraded CSY 44 is for sale in Trinidad.  Though we haven't seen the boat, we've seen the list of upgrade and it looks like they've done a quality job.  She's currently priced to sell at $85K USD.  The boat is currently listed with a broker, but I think that listing is about to expire.

If you want to contact the owner directly, email Joe at or call him at 613-354-4320

Trinidad is a great place to start a Caribbean cruise.  It is one of our favorite places in the Caribbean, and from there it's easy to sail on a beam reach to all the other Windward and Leeward Island destinations, or downwind towards the Dutch ABC's, Colombia, and Panama.


Swap Meet / Perkins 4-154 Jabsco/Sherwood Raw Water Pump Hat Style Pulley
« on: December 19, 2017, 12:45:54 am »
Skip Gundlach posted this on his facebook page.  Not sure if this is a useful bit on the CSY Perkins' (and Dave's not here right now to ask).  Thought I'd pass it on, in case anyone is desperate for something like this.

Vero Beach Free to good home Perkins 4-154 Jabsco/Sherwood Raw Water
Pump Hat Style Pulley

Essentially similar (and this may be the specific part) to this cast iron pulley.

However, before you get all excited:

This pulley had been wobbled-out in a previous life. A friend with a machine shop at his disposal sleeved it for me 12 years ago.

However, it has again wobbled out. Likely the best way to deal with it would be to replace the center, though it could possibly be sleeved again.

Consultation with a machine shop revealed that it was eminently do-able, but would cost a significant portion of the new ones
available, machined from a single billet of aluminum.

Thus, not for me (and I've bought one of those machined jobs) but quite possibly for one of you who has access to the material and machinery to bring it back to useful life.

Free to good home in Vero Beach while we're here (we're looking for a weather window to go to the Bahamas), or wherever else we may be later.

It's such a rare item that I'll not toss it, but it's too heavy to ship cheaply, as well as, frankly, I don't want to mess with it :)

Please, no PMs, nor responding-to-thread.

If you want it, email me.

First come, first served, of course...

General Discussion / Great Video of CSY 44 Under Sail in Heavy Weather
« on: October 31, 2017, 12:17:37 pm »
I posted this in the Swap Meet section, but thought it would get a wider view here...

Here's a YouTube video of a CSY 44 under sail in winds gusting to 40 knots.


Swap Meet / CSY 44 Walkthrough for Sale in Australia
« on: October 31, 2017, 12:08:34 pm »
The former "Tackless II" CSY 44 Walkthrough (one of the last WT's made by the factory) has been put up for sale on the east coast of New Zealand.  If anyone is interested, PM me, I can provide contact info.

Here's a great video by the owner sailing in heavy winds.  Shows you what a CSY is made of.

Hull and Rig / External Round Chainplates Design
« on: August 18, 2017, 09:27:53 pm »
We occasionally get requests for the details of the round chainplates we put on Soggy Paws.  See our account of upgrading our chainplates to an external round one, and why we chose that over just replacing the original internal chainplates, here:

I just stumbled into a drawing file that someone else (s/v Imagine) made, that I downloaded a few years ago.  Their website is no longer operational, but fortunately I saved a copy.  I am not sure whether this info is in the CSY Dropbox or not, but here is the PDF and the DXF file.

I am not absolutely positive this is identical to Ron Sheridan's original design--you'd have to verify that yourself.


Forum Information and Problems / New Members Read This!
« on: April 23, 2017, 10:27:44 pm »
Unfortunately, because there are so many unscrupulous spammers out there (yes, there ARE many people, daily, trying to break in to the forum to post spam), I have had to add security settings so hopefully only real humans can get in to post on our site.

For your first TWO posts on the forum, you will have to answer some simple questions to prove you are human, before your post will be admitted.  Any sailor should know the answer to these questions.

After the first two posts, then the silly questions will go away.  Make the second post a "Hello" post in the General Discussion area!

As I try to eliminate spammers who have registered, I look at the information in the profile.  If you look like a sailor in your registered name, email address, and boat name, I surely won't delete you.  If you look like a spammer, I probably will!!  So take the time to fill out a little information in your profile.

Admin (who has better things to do besides blocking spammers all day!)

Hi all,

I am sure some people wonder why there are so many posts that say "Edited by Soggy Geek".

See prior post about the "one liner" posts, caused by a faulty import of the forum database when upgrading from one forum to another a couple of years ago.

When I stumble on one of these topics on the forum, if I have time, I take the time to look up the original post text in the old forum backup I have and edit in the proper text for each person's post.

Also, I have occasionally edited a post to clarify the topic, correct a mis-spelling that would mean people couldn't find the post using a search box, etc.

Sherry aka Soggy Geek

Interior / Bronze Cabinet Door Latches Still Available
« on: November 20, 2016, 08:39:36 pm »
For any of you looking for the bronze latches (see picture).  Ed Marill of CSY 44 Siesta has located them for sale at Seafarer Marine in Ft. Lauderdale.

(here's the link for pic if it doesn't show)

Thanks, Ed for sharing!

General Discussion / Sorry about the Spam!
« on: March 06, 2016, 12:04:00 am »
Hi all,

Just want to apologize for the spam postings that have been posted here in the last couple of days.  Rest assured that I am actively combatting it with all the tools that I have.  We have been fortunate that we've been under the radar for the last year or so, but apparently our board has gotten re-listed with the Russian/Ukranian spammers.  We've had about 50 bogus user signups in the last 3-4 days, all from Russia or Ukraine, all of whom I am sure want to post crap on our board.

I have spent at least an hour a day deleting those users and banning those IP addresses so they can't come back.  But they continue to find open IP addresses to get around the bans.

So bear with me...

In other news, we've continued with the cosmetic refit of Soggy Paws.  Finished painting the hull last week, and the deck got its first coat of paint yesterday.  Our interior guy is finishing up the interior painting in the next few days.  Meanwhile, we've been working on the catamaran feverishly, trying to get ready to go cruising again in May.

We've got a serious prospect for our Soggy Paws, a nice guy from Australia.  Plus a few more "interested parties" who are still thinking about coming for a visit.  So we're hoping to get Soggy Paws sold and turned over to the new owner before May.

For those of you socked in by snowy weather, I posted a couple of sailing videos we took on Soggy Paws in the Tuamotus on our For Sale site.  It might lift your spirits a little to see the videos:


Dave and I are organizing yet another "CSY Breakfast" in Melbourne Florida in conjunction with the Seven Seas Cruising Association Melbourne Gam, which is Fri-Sat-Sun Nov 13-15, in Melbourne Florida.

I think we'll start at 7am, probably at the usual place at Memaws Barbeque (and breakfast).  More details later.

You don't have to be a member of SSCA to attend the Gam.  You don't have to attend the Gam to come to the breakfast.  But I guarantee there are lots of good topics on the agenda.  One of the major topics this year is Cruising to Cuba.  Dave is also giving a talk on "Evaluating Modern Catamarans"

Here's a link to the Gam page on the SSCA website, where you can register.

Registration is $35 for SSCA members and $50 for non-members, and covers 2 1/2 days of seminars. Plus there is a great Marine Flea Market on Sunday morning.  This year we are also doing Ham Exams on Sunday afternoon.


We will be there all weekend.  We will be attending (bartending!) at the Friday night cocktail party and will also be attending the Saturday night dinner, so if you want to hang with us, you should probably register for those optional activities as well.  Dave usually goes out somewhere offsite for lunch, so we haven't bought lunches.

If you're planning to come to the breakfast, please let us know by posting here, PM, email, phone call, whatever.  We just need a reasonably accurate headcount so we can make a reservation at Memaws in advance.

Breakfast is casual, we just order off the menu and pay for ourselves.

The Cuba seminar starts at 0845 Saturday morning, so we'll have to get going on breakfast early to make sure we're done and back to the Civic Center by 8:45.

If you have questions, please ask here!

s/v Soggy Paws
Soggy Paws is in the Philippines, we're in the U.S. til January

Swap Meet / SOLD! CSY 44 Walkthru for Sale - Soggy Paws
« on: June 12, 2015, 10:30:48 pm »
Hi all,

We have big news!  We have just bought a catamaran.  This has been something Dave and I have talked about for several years, and when a "deal" crossed our path, we jumped on it.

So our beloved Soggy Paws, which we have owned for 18 years, is now for sale.  We have just posted an ad on Sailboat Listings.  Here:

As most of you no doubt know, we have many many upgrades on Soggy Paws that are too numerous to list in an ad.  As we were equipping Soggy Paws for long term cruising, we have bought tens of thousands of dollars worth of spares, so we could fix anything ourselves in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.

Soggy Paws is currently in the Philippines, undergoing a complete cosmetic refit--new Awlgrip paint on hull and decks, and interior painting and varnishing.  In a few months she will look like new.  But you couldn't buy a new boat like this for less than $500,000 dollars.  They just don't build them like this any more.

For some reasons why a CSY should be your boat of choice, check out this page on our website.  And then feel free to browse the "workshop" section for all the upgrades and information about our boat.

We realize that it's going to be a hard sell for U.S. buyers to buy a boat in the Philippines, just because of the distance issue.  But if you are getting ready to retire, this is a GREAT place to buy a boat.  No need to make the 30-day crossing from Panama to EXPENSIVE French Polynesia (beer=$5).  From here you can island-hop all over INEXPENSIVE Southeast Asia (beer=$1)--the great diving in the Philippines, Eastern Indonesia (Raja Ampat) and Palau, and then make your way to the best of the South Pacific (Tonga, Fiji, Vanuatu, Solomons)... we're leaving for there on our new catamaran in January, wanna join us?

If you are seriously interested in the rare CSY 44 Walkthrough, let us know, we'll work with you.  We are willing to rebate the cost of your visit from the final purchase price.  The asking price reflects the final refitted-as-new price.  If you're in a hurry or want to do your own "cosmetic refit" on your own time, and get a discount in the process, let us know.

Dave & Sherry

Engines and Drive Train / Another Source for Perkins Engine Parts
« on: June 09, 2015, 02:34:13 am »
A guy at our marina here in the Philippines recently bought Perkins 4154 parts from this UK source:

He was able to buy the following:

- Engine overhaul kit
- Gasket and seal kit for Injection Pump
- Heat exchanger end caps
- Connecting rod bearings
- Main bearings

They ship worldwide.


General Discussion / Van Ost Obituary from 2006
« on: April 21, 2015, 03:57:24 pm »
Hey everyone, Joan Mason just emailed me an obit she found on the internet for CSY founder Jack Van Ost.  It's a pretty good read about how he started Caribbean Sailing Yachts.

So it doesn't disappear without warning, we've posted it on our website.  You can find it here:

If you haven't read the rest of that page before, you should also scroll up and read the CSY Quality part.  THAT's why (if you're in the market for a boat, and plan on some serious cruising) you should look at boats like the CSY vs Hunters and Beneteaus.


General Discussion / MOVED: Looking to sell
« on: February 03, 2015, 08:15:29 pm »

Swap Meet / CSY 44 Walkthrough for Sale in FL $81K
« on: December 12, 2014, 07:44:18 am »
This isn't my boat.  Just highlighting it here as the price has dropped enough that at $89K it's a pretty good deal if it's in good shape.


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