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Engines and Drive Train / Solenoid on CSY 33
« on: October 10, 2019, 10:33:27 AM »
Perkins 4.108:  Where is the solenoid located? I can't find a mention of it in the engine manual. Forum mentions a solenoid, but I am so clueless as to where to look. The main problem is the starter button feels loose, but before I change it, research indicated the problem could be the solenoid. Now I can't find the solenoid.

Systems / Head help for CSY 33
« on: October 08, 2019, 11:40:05 AM »
After two days of troubleshooting on my own, I need help.

1.  Exactly how much, if any of the joker valve should be showing between the flanges? (pix #1)
2.  Does a schematic exist for routing the hoses for a CSY 33? From the other pix, you can see one hose goes into the wall. Then, where? Do I
     have to cut out the wall to follow it? (pix #2-1674)

It may be easier if you can email me at       My internet is acting up and I can't post both pictures.

Interior / Door for head
« on: July 22, 2019, 11:52:28 PM »
The door for the head has stuck itself closed. The hatch in the head is dogged down because we were sailing. When we got back to the dock I tried to open the door. It is stuck shut. The door knob will only turn about 20 degrees to the right or left. No one was inside. I don’t recall a way to lock the door from the inside. Any ideas? My boat is a CSY 33.

General Discussion / cleaning the bilge
« on: June 21, 2019, 05:55:19 PM »
The sooner I get to taking my CSY 33 for a sail the more little things concern me. My bilge has about 1 -2 inches of dirty oily water in the bottom. There are 3 different size pumps. The pumps and hose configurations that pass through the bilge area make it difficult to get a sponge down there to soak up the nasty fluid. I know a little water is considered normal. Still, on this 40 year old boat it seems time to get the yuk out.

I put a one inch thick sponge on the end of a grabber. That works but it is a long process as the sponge can only soak up a tiny, tiny bit at a time. The bilge is 47 inches deep so no way my arm can reach down there. I'm afraid to try my small 12 v wet/dry vac because the nasty water might forever stay in the hose....Any ideas????

Systems / shower sump
« on: June 21, 2019, 03:27:21 PM »
New Project: Finding the sump for the shower. There is a button that I can press and hear the motor. Due to a clogged hose water collected on the floor. Thanks to advice to use baking soda and vinegar, the hose cleared itself. I was able to see the water slower go down the hose. I pushed the motor button and sluuuurrrrrp all the water on the floor got sucked down the drain.

Now, my question is: Where is the sump? I have a CSY 33. I looked in the bilge, looked in the cubby in the head where the thru hulls, and diverter to holding tank is. But where oh where is the sum? 

Interior / Bronze locker door hatches
« on: June 19, 2019, 01:05:31 PM »
With consideration for Ed Marill's post in October 2018, an update at Seafarer is in order. I was recently at their store and they are unable to locate the hatches in bronze. Being within a mile of their warehouse I stop in about once a week. So far, no luck.
Maybe, just maybe another CSY owner has an extra set or two of such latches. I need two in order to coordinate with the other hatches...
Thank you.

Hull and Rig / Installing New Life Lines
« on: May 15, 2019, 07:24:16 PM »
What suggestions can someone provide about installing new life lines myself? I have limited manual skills, but think I can handle this project. According to West Marine's website they will cut to length the sizes I need provided I bring them the old ones. Also, what about using dyneema? Thank you.

Swap Meet / Folding Bicycle
« on: March 08, 2019, 10:57:21 PM »
I am looking for advice on a foldable bicycle.  I want it for biking around town and boat yards. It will be stored in my van. I have a regular mountain style bicycle that takes up too much room. Any thoughts on foldable bikes -  Thank you.

General Discussion / Dinghy Preference
« on: February 24, 2019, 10:21:11 PM »
Does anyone, or have they ever, used a Walker Bay for their CSY 33. I want to store it on the deck, rather than dangle it behind me on davits.  I successfully used an 8ft walker bay while cruising the Bahamas. I enjoy rowing which is no fun in an inflatable. I will get the smallest outboard I can find, probably a 2.5. I will have to design a system for storing in on the deck. Any thoughts?

General Discussion / Rudder CSY 33
« on: February 13, 2019, 10:54:13 PM »
I am new owner of Rhapsody, CSY 33, and had her surveyed. Will need bottom work. There is a soft spot on rudder and a small 2 inch square on hull where fiberglass is showing. Boat is in Ft Lauderdale where I need someone to do repairs. I don’t mind taking boat Indiantown or as far as ft pierce. For now just looking for reputable worker. Any ideas?

General Discussion / CSY 33
« on: January 19, 2019, 01:05:07 PM »
A few months ago I fell in love with a CSY 33; it needed more work than I was advised was reasonable. Now, two other CSY 33's are available. I expect to see them in about two weeks. I expect to do offshore sailing mostly by myself. Am looking for comments about the boat, its ease of handling -- ie lifting the anchor should the windlass fail. Mainly looking for moral support. I have been looking at potential cruisers for six months and really want to get going....

There is also a CSY 37 available. Considering cost and handling, would you agree the 33 is my better choice?

General Discussion / CSY 44
« on: October 06, 2018, 02:21:23 PM »
In my search for a structurally sound off shore cruising network I am interested in a CSY 44 or a CSY 33. Currently, there are two for sale. My questions are:  How reasonable is it for one person to dock and weigh anchor?  I had a 35 foot Trimaran that I found user friendly in these regards. For the CSY I will install, if not already installed a manual along with an electrical windlass. The 44 has appeal because of all the room. I expect to live onboard up to five years.

Any and all thoughts will be appreciated. Thank you.

General Discussion / Wanted to buy a CSY 44 or 33 -
« on: October 03, 2018, 09:21:34 PM »
I am looking for an offshore cruising boat and the CSY 44 has my attention. At this stage I am looking for a boat ready to set sail, no projects. It is expected some additions or changes may need to be updated. I am considering one for sale in Niceville, FL but want to do more shopping before I settle. Let me know any boats you know of for sale....Thank you.

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