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Messages - Matthew Balch

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Hull and Rig / Re: Staysail boom
« on: May 14, 2017, 11:22:41 AM »
Thane, mine has a roller furling staysail.  The tracks are located on the top edge of the main cabin forward of where a dodger would go.  The sheet angles are good with this set-up, but you may find it very beneficial to install a couple of small S/T winches and cleats on the cabin top inside the dodger area, accessible from the cockpit.  I can send a photo if you like.  Matthew

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Hull and Rig / Re: Transparent hatches
« on: May 14, 2017, 11:14:12 AM »
Jules, I gave mine a light sanding to smooth down and remove the deteriorated stuff in the translucent part. Then put another coat of resin on them.  On the worst ones, I also put a layer of fiberglass on the underside too.  After curing, I sprayed clear acrylic, obtained from an auto discount store, over the resined part.  This looked great, like new.  This treatment lasts for about a year, and is beginning to discolor now, although the resin and glass are fine.  Next time, I will try using the Awlgrip clear acrylic paint as that should hold up much longer than the auto spray paint.  Matthew

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General Discussion / Re: ownership
« on: December 07, 2016, 04:16:56 PM »
Hi Louis,  that's not a problem.  It is good to have all the numbers just right.  Incidentally,  you can verify the number by pulling out any drawer in the boat and see the number repeated on the bottom of the drawer.  That's a funny thing about thee boats,  as the woodwork appears to have been custom made for each individual boat.  Matthew

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Sorry, I will have to miss the GAM this year.  I am delivering a sailboat from Mexico to the Panama Canal at this time.  See you next year!  Enjoy!  Matthew

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Engines and Drive Train / Re: Experience with Yanmar 75 HP installation?
« on: October 30, 2016, 09:43:49 AM »
Thanks Sherry.  That will be helpful to us as my cruising friend decided on the Cummins from TAD which will be delivered to my home later this week.  Then the fun begins!

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Engines and Drive Train / Re: Prop Pitch
« on: October 29, 2016, 05:40:38 PM »
Hi Norm.  My boat does not have your configuration, however I also have never seen a 1 to 1 ratio on a sailboat.  I would suggest if you have not done so already that there should be a metal plate on the top of the transmission that will have the ratio stamped into the metal.  My plate was  covered with paint, so when I was re-propping, I had to do some scraping to see the letters.  I was surprised to find that my tranny was different from what I thought it was.  Mine is 2.91.  Just saying...  Matthew

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General Discussion / Re: Introduction
« on: September 21, 2016, 09:31:39 AM »
Hi Ralph and Cindy,

Welcome to the forum!  If there's ever any way we can assist, please let us know.  If you cruise down my way in Miami Beach give us a shout.  Would love to meet other CSY owners!

Matthew

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Hull and Rig / Re: CSY 44 MAST and RIgging
« on: August 25, 2016, 10:55:19 AM »
Sorry to hear about your damaged mast.  I guess it is fortunate that it broke where it was spliced.  It is my understanding that the original masts on the CSY 44 were from Kenyon Spars.  That company is now owned by Rig-Rite, Inc.  According to the website, www.rigrite.Com, they can still provide most of their original mast sections.  They should also be able to fabricate the inner section of the splice.

If you don't have any luck with that, perhaps you can find a professional rigger who can do the job.

Good luck, Matthew

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Engines and Drive Train / Re: Wet Exhaust System?
« on: August 11, 2016, 10:14:23 AM »
Hi Shady Lady,  if you are still looking for information on how to reassemble your exhaust system, you might want to look at the Yacht world site.  There is a CSY37B for sale in Merritt Island Fl, and it has a lot of good photos of the engine room set up with what I believe is the wet exhaust system you described in your post.  Good luck, Matthew

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Engines and Drive Train / Re: Pulley for raw water pump
« on: July 12, 2016, 11:12:33 AM »
On a recent trip to the Bahamas, my original raw water pump pulley began to wobble at the hub and self destruct also.  Later, I found that Depco Pumps in St. Pete, FL carries an aluminum pulley for the Sherwood H-5 that will substitute for the original iron one.  Their price was about $250.  There were some other outfits that carried substitutes, but this one was a little less expensive.  Matthew

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Hi Steve,

Thanks for the response.  For what it's worth, I visited a Yanmar dealer in Ft. Lauderdale with my neighbor who was enquiring about the engine.  We were told that the Yanmar 75 H/P had lost its certification for use in the U.S..  I guess it's an EPA issue.  The dealer did offer a 55 H/P naturally aspirated Yanmar, and there is an adaptor plate for the velvet drive tranny.  The adaptor was quite expensive, making the Yanmar transmission a much better deal than reusing the old tranny.  There were other larger sized engines as well.  My neighbor is still trying to decide what is best.

Matthew

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General Discussion / Re: Repository of all things CSY - Dropbox
« on: July 07, 2016, 06:05:03 PM »
That's a good addition.  Thanks!

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Engines and Drive Train / Experience with Yanmar 75 HP installation?
« on: June 14, 2016, 08:38:41 PM »
A friend of mine in the anchorage nearby with a CSY 44 W/O is considering replacing his Perkins with a Yanmar 75.  We have discussed the Cummings and the Beta as being an easier replacement, but he prefers the Yanmar.  He was told by his mechanic that the Yanmar tranny would not work on the CSY, and he would need to have his existing Velvet Drive, (straight drive), adapted to this Yanmar installation.  I have looked thru the history on this site and have not seen anything new on the Yanmar 75 since 2009, and nothing dealing with this exact question.

What he would like to know from this group is what to expect from this type of engine replacement, and if the velvet drive can be modified to mate with the Yanmar 75.

Thanks,
Matthew

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General Discussion / Re: ownership
« on: June 07, 2016, 10:00:56 AM »
Congratulations on your purchase.  I know you will have lots of fun working and sailing this great boat.  The CSY list shows this vessel as #58 and in North Carolina.  You may wish to send in any changes so the list can be updated with the new ownership details.

You will find this forum to be a great help with any questions you may have as you move forward with your plans.

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Engines and Drive Train / Re: Changing oil of Perkins 4-154
« on: June 06, 2016, 10:23:54 AM »
There should be a drain plug.  Perhaps it has already been connected to a drain hose by a previous owner to make the changing of the oil easier.  Have you asked the previous owner about this?  He may be able to help locate the drain.

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