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General Discussion / Re: Zippers
« on: April 24, 2019, 08:27:13 PM »
Don't use her expensive lipstick, she'll never forgive you!  Just regular lip balm or Chapstick from the local drug store.  Buy a 3 pack and you will have plenty. Happy cruising!

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General Discussion / Zippers
« on: April 22, 2019, 07:47:47 PM »
I thought I would share this tip I learned from some other sailors.  When your zippers on the dodger, cushions, screens, etc., start to get stuck and unruly, you can apply Chapstick to them on both sides, and they will run smoothly again.  Of course you could purchase more expensive sprays and treatments from your local chandlerly, but this works well is usually available on all boats for other uses, and it's very cheap.  Should last a year or so in the sun.

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Engines and Drive Train / Re: Gear Ratio
« on: April 17, 2019, 04:23:52 PM »
Agostino, sounds good, email sent.

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Engines and Drive Train / Re: Gear Ratio
« on: April 16, 2019, 02:10:24 PM »
Thanks, Floyd.  If your CSY is in Miami, feel free to drop by and we may be able to share more information.  Otherwise we can do it here on the forum.  There's a lot of really experienced folks here who can help with advice on your refit.
Perhaps another owner with a Perkins 4-154 can verify the model and reduction ratio and that would help you narrow it down.

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Engines and Drive Train / Re: Gear Ratio
« on: April 16, 2019, 11:50:49 AM »
Floyd,
I don't think it will be that easy.  Are you a straight drive or a v drive?  Those might be different from CSY 44 WO to CSY 44 WT.  Is it the original 40 year old tranny you are replacing/rebuilding?  Are you on the original propeller or a new one?  This too could make a difference in performance under power.

My Borg Warner Velvet Drive shop manual shows two reduction ratios.  2.57:1 and 2.91:1.  It also shows a "new type" and an "old type".  So you should really get someone to record the information off your serial number plate.

My tranny, which is direct drive, shows the following specifications on the plate:  Ratio 2.91:1,  Model 1017-014, Serial #TS-10695.  It is attached to a much newer Japaneese Perkins 4-154.  These numbers may not work for you.  Caveat emptor.
Matthew

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General Discussion / Re: GS CSY 42 CC?
« on: April 16, 2019, 08:20:08 AM »
CSY stopped building boats in 1980 - 1981, so the 1987 vessel you are looking at is definitely not built by CSY.  As Sherry noted, it may have been part of their charter fleet, tho.

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Engines and Drive Train / Re: Gear Ratio
« on: April 16, 2019, 07:44:57 AM »
Hi Floyd, welcome to the forum and congrats on your purchase.  The best way to determine the reduction ratio and model is to look for a small plate that was attached to the top of the tranny.  It may be hiding under a layer of paint, but it will have all the specifics pertaining to yours.  Matthew

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General Discussion / Re: Rudder CSY 33
« on: February 14, 2019, 11:48:12 AM »
Congratulations on your purchase.  That's a nice boat.  I saw her in Key West last time I sailed there.
Although I don't have a specific person or company to recommend for your fiberglass repairs, the boatyards around FTL are full of experts.  You may wish to visit these yards and ask around for the best person for these types of repairs.  You may even see some of these guys in action, too.
Good luck!

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General Discussion / Re: CSY Hull Number System
« on: February 14, 2019, 11:39:24 AM »
You can find the HIN for the boat imprinted into the fiberglass on the upper starboard corner of the transom.  If you do a search using the words hull number, you  will find several threads on this subject that explain everything.

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General Discussion / Re: Battery Power Tools
« on: October 05, 2018, 11:30:49 AM »
I found the answer to my question about recharging the batteries for these tools.  Ryobi makes a "car charger" that plugs into the cigarette lighter outlet.  Problem solved!

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General Discussion / Re: Wanted to buy a CSY 44 or 33 -
« on: October 05, 2018, 11:25:38 AM »
You have probably already checked out the yacht world Web site and seen the others for sale there.  The one you are looking at in Niceville seems to be very well maintained.  Good luck on your search!

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General Discussion / Re: Battery Power Tools
« on: September 22, 2018, 06:44:53 PM »
I forgot to ask a question too.  Has anyone found a transformer that can convert the 12V to 18V?  This would be great for me since I would not need to recharge these batteries on shore power or from the inverter on the boat.  Thanks, Matthew

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General Discussion / Battery Power Tools
« on: September 22, 2018, 06:24:43 PM »
Hi Members,
Back when I was cruising in the Caribbean many years ago, I used hand tools to do all the jobs.  Now you have the options of using shore power if you are at a dock or an inverter if you are anchored.  Nowadays, I am at a dock but we are on solar power only with no hookup to shore power.
I have purchased a number of Ryobi 18 volt one + appliances that work very well around the boat and home.  These pieces of equipment can be purchased cheap on Amazon, but the batteries are more expensive.  The same batteries are good for all the one + labels.
For example, I have a Cockpit fan to cool the wife off on these summer days.  I have a vacuum cleaner that picks up all the hair and dust in the cabins.  I have a LED flashlight that replaces all those old standard flashlights that go bad over time. I have a sander that's good for small jobs and a drill that's good for most of the day.
If interested, i would recommend l that you invest in some extra batteries, especially the 4 AH ones so you get extended time on these tools.
I also have other of these tools around the house that use the same batteries:  weed wacker, leaf blower, nail gun, etc.
I have no interest in the company, but I am a very satisfied customer and wanted to share this experience with you.
Matthew

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Engines and Drive Train / Re: Exhaust Elbow - 4107 Westerbeke
« on: August 26, 2018, 11:30:26 AM »
Hi Peter, I had a W 4-107 on my prior boat.  It had an exhaust elbow made up of galvanized pipe, the type you can find at a hardware store.  When it finally rusted out, I replaced it with bronze pipe of the same type.  Where the raw water gets injected, I simply drilled the pipe and inserted a bronze nipple which could be either threaded or glued in with JB Weld, which is what I did.  It was still going strong 10 years later when I sold the boat.

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Engines and Drive Train / Painting a Folding Prop
« on: July 18, 2018, 04:58:54 PM »
I recently purchased a Flexofold propeller and discussed applying bottom paint to the prop with the factory technician.  He said not to do that, and I figure he thought the paint would gum up the gearing mechanism and cause the blades to not deploy.  That makes common sense to me.  I was thinking perhaps to paint the blades only and apply something like Lanacote to the gears.  Some folks believe that the greasiness of Lanacote also provides some temporary antifouling properties.

I wanted to ask the members if they have experience with this and what they did to protect the folding prop from fouling.  Thanks, Matthew

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