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Hull and Rig / New caprail and external chainplate project started
« on: January 27, 2020, 08:51:29 pm »
I have begun the long and tedious job of replacing the chainplates as well as waterproofing and replacing the caprail. The port side is about 95% done. The current chainplates were left in place on the interior and used as backing plates for the 8 carriage bolts used to secure each of the exterior 1/2" new ones. The real challenge was drilling the 24 1/2" holes through the backing plates. I went through 9 carbide drill bits before it was done (and I've just got the port side done!). This of course required the interior cabinetry to be removed for easy access. I will also be replacing the white oak marine ply as it was well worn from the years of the slow leaks from both the chainplates as well as the stanchions.
The cap rail had been refinished so many times there was but a fraction of the original teak left to maintain. I decided on a radical solution, 1" thick PVC decking with a 50 year guarantee.
This product had to be bent to the curve of the boat so a heated steam bending setup was made. 240 or so degrees was the right temperature to make it pliable. First though the old adhesive had to be removed, heat and scraping worked but was a slow effort. Once sanded and prepped, 2 coats of light fiberglass cloth and thickened epoxy sealed the entire length of the cap rail. After fairing smooth and ensuring the water tight seal, 3M 5200 was liberally applied to the rail where the new decking was installed. A special system using 316ss screws with matching plugs keeps the new cap secured.
I only have to fill some small spots with matching filler and the port side will be done. Then onto the starboard side!!
I've tried to add pics but seems the files are too large. You can check out my dropbox folder here:

Swap Meet / The 44 Walkover is back on ebay with a lower price...
« on: January 19, 2019, 09:06:04 am »
Don't know anything about this boat but it seems ready and worth a makeover...

Swap Meet / 2 CSY's on eBay
« on: December 24, 2018, 10:16:18 am »

General Discussion / Hurricane Florence ~
« on: September 16, 2018, 10:08:26 am »
I was watching the "Sunday Morning" show about the aftereffects of Hurricane Florence. They showed a shot of a sailboat high and dry amid debris from what looks like a fallen house. I recognized the lines as a CSY Walkover. I'll try to load a pic. My heart goes out to the owner. Hopefully the boat can be salvaged. From the looks of it, very likely. If any boat can be brought back, it's the CSY!

Swap Meet / 44 CSY Pilothouse Ketch
« on: July 05, 2018, 07:36:29 am »

I found this ad on the cruisersforum. Might be a good fit for someone lurking here... Don't know anything about her but she looks like a keeper!

Swap Meet / 44 WO in Coconut Grove, Fl. now on ebay
« on: March 23, 2018, 06:47:48 am »
Saw this boat on ebay, don't know anything about it but may be the boat for somebody looking...

I have always procrastinated changing of my secondary fuel filter on my Perkins 4.236 because of the mess of changing a cartridge style filter and then having to bleed the lines to get it started again.  I've changed the primary very often and put off changing the secondary. I wanted to find a way to change from a cartridge to a spin-on type to make it easier and cleaner and found 2 ways to go; a replacement filter head from Foley Engines that was over $200 and an adapter that uses the existing filter head for less than $70 from Fuel Filter Adapter Kit with Filter for Perkins 3.152 Motor - SKU: BW1296-K. This is made for the Perkins 3.152 motor but I confirmed the same size for my 4.236. Not sure if this will work for the more popular 4.154. My 4.236 used the filter #26561117 from Perkins which may be what other motors use and if so, should also be a candidate for a change.
I finished the install yesterday and ran her for 20 minutes without any issues. I did still have to perform a quick bleed of the system but didn't take more than a few minutes. I won't hesitate to change this easy spin-on filter (Napa Gold 3195) in the future, a lot easier and cleaner than the old way. One thing I will change in the future is the steel bolt that holds it on the head, changing to a stainless bolt at next filter change.

Swap Meet / CSY 33 now on ebay
« on: April 02, 2017, 09:06:03 am »
Just saw this 33 come up on ebay...

May be a good fit for someone.

Swap Meet / eBay CSY 37 in the DR
« on: January 14, 2017, 04:10:21 pm »

Engines and Drive Train / Prop shaft pulled?
« on: January 01, 2017, 05:22:57 pm »
Anyone ever pulled the prop shaft on a straight drive in a 44? I'm thinking of checking my 1 1/2" shaft for any bend as well as replacing the cutlass bearing and testing the prop while I'm in the yard. Ideas? Cautions? Tips and tricks?
Thanks and Happy New Year to All!

Interior / Removing bronze portlight interior oval ring?
« on: February 04, 2016, 02:10:33 pm »
Anyone tried to do this? I'm thinking of updating/improving the oak interior panel on the aft bulkhead in my cabin. I removed the nuts and tried to gently pry off the oval ring but it had a lot of resistance. Were these installed with a sealant? Any information would is much appreciated, especially from someone who has done this.

Swap Meet / CSY 33 in Key West
« on: January 18, 2016, 06:01:16 pm »
Just came across this ad on craigslist:
I am not connected to this boat, just passing it along.

Hull and Rig / Tides Marine "Strong Track"
« on: July 29, 2015, 09:06:53 am »
Got tired of struggling with raising and lowering the main, especially in a building breeze. Just added the luff system to my mast. What a difference! Looked at these for years with lots of research and called Mack Sails to make it happen. Highly recommend.

Swap Meet / CSY Pilothouse on Craigslist
« on: July 21, 2015, 06:13:44 pm »
Found this on craigslist. Don't know anything about it but might be worth looking at.

I'm feeling torn about the possible sale of my CSY. I do love this boat, more than any other I've owned and it is because of this that I feel she should be used as she was intended, off and about as opposed to limited here without much use. I'm at least 5 years away from using her as I'd like as a full time cruiser so I'm torn.  I thought I'd throw this out there to see if anyone was ready to go and in the market for a well equipped walkthrough. Not sure of a price yet but thought I'd at least put this on our site. Of course, I can easily change my mind....

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