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Systems / Finished Refrigeration Overhaul
« on: December 21, 2015, 04:41:53 pm »
Thanks for all of those who went before me and who shared their experiences our refrigeration overhaul is complete and I couldn’t be more happier with the results.  I have place some pictures of the project in the drop box under “Pictures of CSY projects > Refrigeration”

To summarize the project:

I installed a Frigoboat keel cooler freezer with a spill over system for the refrigerator.

Used a BD50 compressor and the F 380 evaporator.  Options included the Merlin speed card, and digital thermostats for freezer and spillover fan.

I removed the old Crosby system including the holding plates from the boxes.  The plan was to use the most forward box as a freezer and spill over to the middle box as our fridge.  The most aft box is now use for dry goods storage.

I increased the insulation of both boxes by adding ridged Corning foam to the existing walls of the boxes sealing all cracks, drain, and gaps in the top with expanding spray foam.  I raised the bottom of the boxes 17 inches with ridged foam.  I also packed out the back of the freezer box to have a flat wall to accommodate the evaporator.  The foam was then covered with Komatex 1/4 inch pvc and sealed with 4200.  I used a compartment under the starboard settee to install the compressor and keel cooler.

The system was straight forward as far as the installation goes once you figure out where and how everything will placed.  The most difficult, or should I say time consuming part, is making the boxes ready.  I can probably provide more operational data when I get back to the boat in January however, I did observe the cycle duty time during the mid day at 85 degrees and the freezer ran at the lowest rpm for 14 minutes and it was 25 minutes off before starting over again so our daily energy usage will most likely be better then my estimates.

Hull and Rig / If you still have your original stanchions...
« on: December 21, 2015, 04:03:16 pm »
beware!  I finally got around to replacing our gate and lifeline stanchions.  I did this because a few had small hairline cracks at the bases and the base plates were also cracked.  This is not an easy job and requires some removal of interior trim.  To my horror, there were three stanchions, one being a gate, that the threaded rod had completely corroded and broke off when I attempted to remove the nut.  A long time of water ingress also caused some rot on the camp rail.  Glad that job is over and much happier with the knowledge things are a lot more safe on board.

Systems / Refrig. Refit Planning
« on: September 02, 2015, 11:09:50 am »
We are in the process of designing and planning a refit of our frig on our 44 WO.  Since the boat is about  1500 miles away I had taken a bunch of measurements with me when I left the boat last March. 

While in the midst of going through my notes I find that I omitted to take a measurement of the overhang of the top to the interior box.  If anyone has the ability to measure this for me it would be much appreciated.  I'm looking for the measurements from edge of the openings of the lids to the adjacent wall of the interior box in all four directions and only on the two most forward boxes.

Thanks in advance!

Hull and Rig / Radar Arch Fail - Cautionary Tale
« on: August 12, 2015, 05:26:17 am »
To those of us that have installed one of these. Saw the above post on the Cruising and sailing forums posted by Bill of S/V Odyssey a CSY 44.

We all may learn from this.

Sorry I couldn't figure out how to provide a direct link to the thread but you will find it if you search for the subject above.

General Discussion / I'm just gonna say it!
« on: December 23, 2014, 10:00:50 pm »
Merry Christmas to all and a happy safe cruising New Year to all!

Richard and Lucia
S/V Mary Irene
Virgin Gorda, BVI

Hull and Rig / Anyone using synthetic lifelines?
« on: September 26, 2014, 03:38:19 pm »
Our 44 W/O is long overdue for a complete lifeline overhaul.  Fittings, wire, gate hooks etc.  I have been looking at all the options available and was leaning towards getting the mechanical fasteners that are available to do it myself.  I had also looked at the synthetics such as Dyneema HMPE as an option but dismissed this because the costs were so close and wire would last much longer.

I was all set until I received an email deal from WM that had discounted New England Ropes Dyneema 40% for just 2 days.  Wow!  Now this put a new twist on things.  I had a weak moment and bought enough to do all the lifelines on our .  I intend to use nylon thimbles and lashings in place of turnbuckles and gate fittings from C. J. Johnson that are made for spliced lifeline installs.  I’ll use some heat shrink where the rope goes through our stanchions and plastic shroud cover pieces for areas needing added protection.  If I determine there is enough room, I will splice the thimbles a bit loose so they can be removed so the soft eye splice can be passed through the stanchions and removed for storage.  This should give me a few more years of service.

The Dyneema is so strong, even with a tight radius splice it is still almost twice as strong as the wire and weight is negligible.

I’ll keep you all updated on the project and let you know if I should have my head examined!  :woohoo:

Interior / Nav desk bulkhead?
« on: July 04, 2014, 04:42:55 pm »
I'm not sure what the proper description is but, does anyone know how much space, if any, is behind the bulkhead that is above and forward of the nav desk?  It is finished and shares the cockpit seat back area.

I was thinking of adding some additional aft stateroom switch panel and am not sure I can use the area with out building that surface out.


Hull and Rig / Cockpit Cooler
« on: April 18, 2014, 02:46:06 pm »
Has anyone given any thought of altering the cockpit cooler on their 44 W/O.  I toying with removing the box and lid, cutting away a bit around the box and installing a water proof inspection hatch.  The area under that portion of the cockpit seating seems like a perfect place to put a couple of Racor fuel filters which can be serviced easily underway if necessary rather then climbing down into a hot engine room.  

Been  there before so don't be afraid to let me know I'm off my rocker again!  :-)

General Discussion / A Very Merry and Happy New Year
« on: December 21, 2013, 09:13:58 pm »
Lucia and I want to wish all our fellow CSY owners and their families a Very Merry Holiday and Happy and Healthy New Year!

We also hope Santa brings you everything on your boat list.  :P

Fair Winds,

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