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General Discussion / Thank You Everybody
« on: October 30, 2015, 08:31:35 pm »
Hi folks,

I just completed the sale of my 44WO, Odyssey.  I would like to thank you all for such great, practical advice over the years that I owned Odyssey.  These are such great boats, as you all know.  I am going over to the dark side (trawler), and just hope that my next boat will be as good to me as Odyssey was.

I wish you all fair winds and following seas. 

Thanks again, Bill

Swap Meet / Jabsco Raw Water Pump for sale, fits Perkins 4-154
« on: October 25, 2015, 02:46:45 pm »
Hi, I am selling a raw water pump for a Perkins 4-154 diesel. It is made by Jabsco, part #11850-0701. It is made of bronze, with what appears to be an aluminum pulley. It has never been installed as you can see from the pictures.

These pumps run about $550-$650 new, if you can even find them. Since it has been sitting on my shelf for a long while, it will probably need a new impeller, but otherwise is like new.

If your boat has a Perkins 4-154, you need this as a back up aboard your boat.

Cheers, Bill 818 324-0456

Swap Meet / SOLD! 1979 CSY 44 WO for Sale PRICE REDUCED!!
« on: July 10, 2015, 11:36:09 am »
It is with a heavy heart that I am putting Odyssey up for sale. She is a veteran of Hawaii and Baja, having just returned from 20 months in the Sea of Cortez. Odyssey is fully fitted for cruising and is ready to head out again right now.


 Length: 44'
 Beam: 13'3"
Draft: 6'6"
Displacement: 38,000 lbs
Engine: Perkins 4-154 with 2500 hours, new rear main seal 2013
Transmission: Borg Warner Velvet Drive 71CR
Alternator: 120 amp, new 2015
Water Tanks: 2 x 200 gallons (400 total) fiberglass
Fuel Tanks: 2 x 50 gallons (100 total) stainless steel
 Holding tanks: 2 x 25 gallons
Battery Bank: 6 x 6v lead/acid 525AH, new 11/2014
Edson wheel steering with new cables 2013
CPT autopilot, Seapilot autopilot (back up)
New Chainplates 2012
Watermaker: Pur Powersurvivor 35
 New prop shaft 2012
 New arch and davits 2013
Windlass: Maxwell HWC 2200 with dedicated battery
Ground tackle: 60# CQR with 325' of 3/8 G3 chain
Radar/Plotter: Furuno VX2 Navnet 10" display, 36 mile radar
Depth sounder: Furuno LS-4100
VHF: Standard Horizon GX2150 Matrix AIS w/RAM
Wind Instruments: Nexus/Garmin wireless
Stereo with Ipod jack
TV with DVD
Heads: 2 x Jabsco Quiet Flush electric with fresh water plumbing
Inverter: Xantrex Prosine 3000 inverter/100 amp charger
Six new flooded 6v house batteries
Microwave oven
Stove/oven: Force 10 3-burner
Refrigerator: Nova Kool 12v
Freezer: Nova Kool 12v
Custom Shadetree sun cover
Lazy Jacks/sail cradle new 2013
Full dodger and covers

 Too many extras and spares to list here.
 Please give me a call to get more pictures and information.


 Thanks, Bill eightoneeight three24zerofour fivesix

Hull and Rig / Storing RIB on Deck on 44 WO
« on: May 23, 2015, 12:00:22 pm »
Hi all,

I'm getting ready to do the Baja Bash, sailing from La Paz, Mexico, back to the USA.  Normally I hang my RIB (Caribe 10X) from davits on the arch.  Since this is bashing into wind and waves I want to bring the dinghy aboard.  Have any of you done this with the staysail boom in place?  I'm wondering if there is room.  I will be back on the boat this week.  Any suggestions are welcome.

Thanks and cheers, Bill

Interior / Hatch Screens
« on: April 28, 2015, 02:49:25 pm »
Hi folks,

I am getting ready to make some screens for my opening hatches.  I was going to make a big cover out of bug screen and just drape it over the open hatches, but then I thought that I would be wasting a lot of material.  I am hoping someone can give me a better idea or two, especially if they have already made or bought screens.  Failing that, would somebody please give me the inside size of the two different opening hatches?  Five are 24" by 24" om the outside, and two are 24" by 29".

Thanks in advance. 

Cheers, Bill

Systems / Serpentine Belt Conversion - Has Anybody Done This?
« on: December 02, 2014, 12:42:41 pm »
Hi all,

I am getting ready to upgrade my alternator and it looks like the new one will have either be twin vee-belts, or serpentine.

Currently, I have a Balmar 721-80 alternator with the external regulator.  The problem is that my house bank is over 500A, so the alternator is substantially underpowered.  This leads to several minutes of belt squealing when I start up in the morning when anchored out.

Have any of you fitted either the dual vee-belts or a serpentine belt set-up to your Perkins (I have the 4-154)?

All input and advice is welcomed and appreciated.

Cheers, Bill

Engines and Drive Train / Crankcase Breather Hose Size
« on: November 30, 2014, 12:11:47 pm »
Hi all,
Recently I was on my boat in Mexico, fixing some hurricane-related failures.  While killing time, I thought I would repaint the air cleaner.  Well, once again, it was almost totally plugged.  I have since bought a K&N filter that will fit in its place.  I would like to install a simple elbow in the top of the K&N to attach the crankcase breather hose to.

Since I am not on the boat, and I would like to bring the parts with me next time, I need to ask you all if you know the hose ID that goes from the valve cover to the intake.

Thanks in advance, Bill

Hull and Rig / Monitor Windvane Storage
« on: March 28, 2014, 08:07:11 pm »
Hi all,

I installed my Monitor wind vane in October of last year, just before setting sail for Mexico.  My aft deck set up includes an arch with solar panels and davits, as well as the Monitor.  The thing is, I don't currently use the Monitor in the Sea of Cortez, and it is always in the way when raising and lowering my RIB.  The next time I am down in La Paz, I plan to remove the wind vane and store it somewhere in the engine room.  The brackets will stay on the transom, so re-installing it should not be too much trouble.

Does anyone see any problems with this idea?  I figure it will keep the vane out of the weather and really make life easier, as I usually lower and raise the dinghy daily while cruising.


Cheers, Bill

Hull and Rig / Cockpit Storage Dimensions Needed
« on: March 13, 2014, 04:31:45 pm »
Hi all,

I just left my boat yesterday in La Paz, BCS, and wont be back for a while.  I meant to measure the widths of the fore, aft, and port-side cockpit locker lids.  My plan is to fit fiddles to these three sides that will hold a board in place while anchored.  I could then use the space to the left of the helm as an extra berth/lounging area.

I have a 1979 44 WO.  Could any of you help me out with the measurements of the widths of these three locker/lazarette lids?

I'll post pics of the project if it turns out well.  

Thanks in advance.

Cheers, Bill

General Discussion / Another CSY 44 in La Paz
« on: December 09, 2013, 11:19:28 am »
Hi all,
After arriving at Marina De La Paz, I was pleasantly surprised to have another CSY 44 WO pull in a couple slips away.  The boat is called "True Companion", a 1977, which was purchased in La Paz about a year and a half ago.  Gavin and Natalie have been cruising the Sea of Cortez for about the last year, and are planning to take their boat back to their home in Australia this spring.  They were great folks and we compared different features on our boats.  Same boats with slightly different execution in many areas.
Anyway, there is another of us cruising Mexico.

Cheers, Bill

Engines and Drive Train / Low Oil Pressure Warning Buzzer - Where is it?
« on: December 08, 2013, 07:14:19 pm »
Hi everyone,
I just finished motoring quite a bit during my trip to Mexico, and everything ran great.  I have oil pressure showing on my gauge, but no buzzer, which should come on when I switch the ignition on.  Can any of you point me to where the buzzer and sender unit (if it has one) might be located?  This seems like something I should fix.

Thanks, Bill

Underway / Down Wind Sailing and trip Notes (long)
« on: December 03, 2013, 12:14:24 pm »
Hi all, I am so glad to see the site back up.  Thanks Dave and Sherry and whoever else makes this thing work!
I just returned from a 1200NM trip from Channel Islands, CA, to La Paz, BCS.  Odyssey worked really well, with all the systems that I touched, repaired or installed, working with no problems (I had my fingers crossed the whole way).  I did find that my boat was a bit of a pig going down wind, however.  I even flew my asym for the first time, with pretty good results.  
I guess my question to the group is this, are our boats slow down wind, or it just me?  We did a fair amount of wing and wing, jib only, main only, stay sail only, and every other combination.  At the start of each leg of the Baja-Haha we would be at the back of the fleet within a few short hours.  When we had wind forward of the beam, Odyssey would start reeling in the other boats like nobody's business.
We had a great time, anchoring in Turtle Bay, Bahia Santa Maria before reaching Cabo.  After leaving there we anchored at Los Frailes, and Bahia de los Muertos, before reaching our current resting place in Marina De La Paz, BCS.  I am so proud of this boat, and so much more experienced than when we left, although I certainly still have much to learn.
Thanks to everyone who answered my endless questions, and who provided me with tips or guidance.  You should know who you are ;) .  I am currently back in the States, with a return to La Paz slated for early January.

Cheers, Bill

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