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Engines and Drive Train / Engine removal
« on: December 09, 2019, 04:04:31 pm »
Due to a transmission problem, it may have to be removed. In order to do so we may need to move the engine forward or lift it out. The other challenge is to dismantle the cabinetry. Does anyone have experience doing this? Do you know if the cabinet is 'glassed and/or bolted' on?
The transmission is a hurth. The cables are working so the thought is it is an internal problem. Any suggestions?

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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