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Engines and Drive Train / Re: Engine removal
« on: December 19, 2019, 11:30:24 AM »

Care to post here on how you resolved your problem with the transmission--what the problem ultimately was, and did you have to remove the engine to get to it?


Swap Meet / Re: CSY Logo Patch?
« on: December 08, 2019, 08:01:05 AM »

Are you talking about a patch that you would sew on to a jacket or hat?  Or something that would be sewn onto a sail?


Hull and Rig / Re: Shoal vs Deep Draft
« on: December 08, 2019, 07:51:48 AM »
Hi David,

Welcome to the CSY Owners forum.  Sorry nobody else has answered your question.  So I will try...

The boats were originally designed for sailing in Caribbean "trade winds" conditions.  In the Caribbean, depths are normally fairly deep, and the wind blows 10-20 knots almost all the time.  In that situation, a deep draft short rig would be a great option.  And that's how most of the boats were configured.

But Floridians planning to cruise the Bahamas wanted one that had a little shallower draft and more sail area than the ones built for the Caribbean.  So these are shoal draft and (sometimes) tall mast.  The Bahamas anchorages are typically shallower, and the difference between a 7 ft draft and 5 ft draft can be significant in the ICW, Florida, and the Bahamas.

If you plan to sail Florida, East Coast USA, and the Bahamas primarily, look for a shoal draft and ideally a tall mast version.  If you plan to sail around the world, or in higher latitudes where the wind blows steadily, the deep draft regular mast would serve you better.  However, either would work in either situation, just with a few drawbacks (you couldn't get into some places with a full draft keel).

To answer your specific question, it would not be practical to make a tall mast out of a regular mast boat.  You would literally have to replace the entire rig (or do a lot of creative re-rigging) and the sails.  A better option would be to put your money into a light air sail like a screecher, Code Zero, or asymmetrical spinnaker.

Let me tell you a little secret... unless you are racing, when the air gets light, most of us just turn the engine on.  So having a not-tall rig is not that big a deal.  Having a full draft for the ICW and the Bahamas might be, however.

Hope this helps with your decision.


General Discussion / Re: What are the best batteries for small devices?
« on: October 26, 2019, 11:44:02 PM »
Hi Matthew,

We have been using Panasonic Eneloop AAA and AA batteries for the past ~4 years.  They are rechargeable Ni-MH batteries that work better than the old style Ni-MH batteries we grew up with.  I have never seen them in a store, however.  We've been getting them off Amazon.  They are available in a kit that includes a C-cell and D-cell cartridges, though we try hard to buy only AA and AAA type devices if we have a choice.

Here is a link to where we last bought them on Amazon:

Our initial purchase came with a 4-pack charger, but we invested in a smarter charger from La Crosse Technology that supposedly prolongs the life of the batteries. 

Here's a link to what we purchased in 2013.

Amazon now sells similar (I think) batteries as Amazon Basics, but we have no experience with them.  Likewise alternate chargers that are cheaper...

Though we try to never leave batteries in devices we aren't using, we do sometimes, and have never had a leaky acid experience with these batteries.

You might try a 4 or 8-pack... We use them mostly in headlamps and flashlights, handheld GPS's, plus other misc small electronics.

Hope this helps,

Hull and Rig / Re: Barient Winch
« on: August 07, 2019, 05:34:52 PM »
Hi Cam,

Have your tried this source?

Also both West Marine and Defender came up as a source for spares, but may be only the simple stuff.


Swap Meet / Re: CSY44 WO Chanticleer is for sale
« on: July 29, 2019, 12:49:15 AM »

I can't find your listing on  Did it sell?  Or have you listed it somewhere else?  If it's been sold, I'd like to mark it such so people looking for CSY's don't waste their time on obsolete information.  If it has been relisted, do you have a new URL?  If you are having trouble getting logged on (sorry, we've been getting hit by spammers recently), feel free to email me at admin at


General Discussion / Re: CSY Hull Number System
« on: July 29, 2019, 12:30:49 AM »
Hi, the TXY is a 3-letter designation assigned to the manufacturer.  44 is 44 foot length.  If there is a letter "W" after the TXY44, it means:

W - Walkthrough
K - Pilothouse
A - Bottom Liner

The last 4 digits are the month and year that the hull was started (0579 means May 1979).

Clicking through our CSY Database (informally maintained by me), I would say you are missing a number (or a letter), and my guess is you have bought Heart of Gold, TXY441600579.

If so, do you plan to keep the name?  What's her home port now?  If not, can you double-check your hull number and give me your boat name?


General Discussion / Re: Hello
« on: July 12, 2019, 02:02:16 AM »
Hi Jason,

You should look up Warren Daniels (on FB as Kathy Daniels), he has a nice WT for sale in the Jacksonville area.

Welcome to the group!  You'll find a wealth of information here.  It's gotten a lot quieter on the forum since Facebook came along, but still this is the best place to find info (a lot easier to search here on a forum than on FB).

Good luck with your search.


General Discussion / Re: cleaning the bilge
« on: June 22, 2019, 06:43:18 PM »
Thought about a plastic dinghy pump (the long grey ones with a red handle with a corrugated exit hose you could put into a tray).  Then as Dave says, flush with fresh water and soap until it's mostly clean.

Dave has an article on our CSY Workshop pages that may explain the multiple bilge pumps.

Good luck!

It would be helpful if you pasted a link to the listing, or even mentioned the location or price... Googling, I found 2 for sale.  Am assuming you are looking at the cheapest one, for sale for $16.5K in Port Charlotte?

From the picture, the boat name is Tantoes... the CSY DB that I maintain (just based on what people post here) says it was built in Jan 1986, but CSY stopped making boats around 1981-1982. Likely that date was when it was first registered in Florida?  There's a comment on the entry that says "Hull built in '81"

No hull number or USCG number in our database, but an FL (florida registration, probably) of FLZG8988H686 B.  Owner of record in ~2009 was Jim Cameron of Bradenton FL. 

Record lists the engine as a Westerbeke 58 HP.


General Discussion / Re: hello
« on: June 22, 2019, 05:38:05 PM »
Hi Erik, welcome to the CSY Owners Forum!  Congrats on buying a great boat.  Based just on the Hull Number, you have Walkover #196, started construction in January 1980.

The two previous names I have for her are Dream Merchant, and Far Side.

The last update I have on her was ~2009, when she was named Far Side and owned by a Robert Astleford in Portland Oregon.

The USCG documentation number I have on record was 622610, expired (I think) in 2002.


Hi Jason, welcome to the CSY Owners forum.  We've been cruising so I haven't had a chance to look through the forum for a few weeks.

As far as I know, Ed did sell Siesta.  We owned our CSY 44 WT for 20 years and sailed her halfway around the world.  Soggy Paws was a great boat that would take anything the sea threw at us.  I highly recommend them as rugged cruising boats.  The only reason we sold her was because we got the catamaran bug.

If you do FB, there is also a CSY Owners FB group, and there's a little more action there than here.  (but this is a better place for historical answers to questions from owners over the years).

Hope you find your dream boat.


Hull and Rig / Re: Installing New Life Lines
« on: May 20, 2019, 07:08:28 PM »
Hi Marlene, you can probably do this yourself, especially with using new hi-tech line instead of the wire rope.  I googled and found a couple of good source of information.

Practical Sailor Evaluating Synthetic Lifelines

Colligo Marine on Tips for Synthetic Lifelines

The Rigging Doctor on Synthetic Lifelines

Hull and Rig / Re: External Round Chainplates Design
« on: May 15, 2019, 05:25:14 PM »
And Beaujolais helpful detailed writeup is here:

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