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General Discussion / Re: fluxgate location
« on: March 17, 2016, 08:30:12 PM »
Hi Steve,

My Flux gate compass  is located in the forward shower room, near the floor and the door.  It's  a different manufacturer,  but it works fine for me in that location.  Not too far away from the location you described, but just a little bit forward of that.  I believe the keel is lead.  Ferrous spare parts stowed under the seating may disturb the settings, so you might want to check to see if that is causing any interference with the fluxgate.


General Discussion / Re: Sorry about the Spam!
« on: March 06, 2016, 01:44:09 PM »
Hi Sherry,  thanks for keeping the CSY website clean from the spammers.  I took a look at your website with the videos and the slide show of your recent diving expeditions.  That's an inspiration to us all, regardless of our latitude.  Thanks so much.  Matthew

Interior / Re: Removing bronze portlight interior oval ring?
« on: February 05, 2016, 01:49:32 PM »

I'm having a hard visualizing this, because my ports have the oval ring on the outside.  The inner part is all part of the main porthole, which could have been originally installed with a bedding compound or sealant and later have been re-done by a previous owner.  Hopefully 5200 was not used!

Mike's right that heat could help make the sealant softer.  Putty knife will help too.  You may also be able to give it a tap with a rubber mallet from the opposite side to help break it free.

Regarding the new sealant, I have had excellent results on installing portlights with a bedding compound called Dolphinite. It can be removed at a later time with no fuss.  I used 5200 once on a previous boat, and the portlight was impossible to remove and permanently attached as far as I was concerned!  Lesson learned.


Underway / Re: AIS Receivers and Transponders
« on: February 03, 2016, 12:55:39 PM »
I installed AIS on the boat recently, and I really like it!  I was surprised at how many vessels are using AIS. (of course, it is required for ships, but many pleasure craft have it too)  The system can overlay the position of these vessels on your chartplotter's map and give you other information as to the vessels' name, speed, course, destination, location of the impending collision and rate of course change if any.  This will be particularly helpful in busy shipping lanes like the Gulf Stream or crossing the Chesapeake Bay in rain or fog.

The installation was pretty simple.  My boat has 2 Garmin chartplotters, so I purchased a Garmin "black box" unit that connects to the existing VHF radio antenna and to the chartplotters by way of a NMEA 2K network backbone.  Put power to the black box and the NMEA 2K backbone, hook the chartplotters to the network, and you're good to go.  No programming is required.

In my opinion, if you are considering acquiring an AIS system it might be a good idea to buy one that is fully compatible with the existing equipment on your boat like I did to make installation easy and not have to reinvent the wheel.  I am not advocating any particular brand and other folks may prefer navigating with a laptop or having a separate AIS screen, but I found that sticking with the equipment on board and buying a black box that integrates with what you have works great and reduces the amount of clutter on board.


Hull and Rig / Re: Helm Seat and Spinnaker Storage
« on: November 30, 2015, 09:29:17 AM »
Regarding the helm seat, I simply use a couple of the square throwable cushions to sit on while motoring.  There are a lot of tourists in my area who rent pwc's, and one really needs to have good vision over the bow while near Miami to avoid hitting them!  I suppose you could custom make a cushion to fit your needs also.  Matthew

Hull and Rig / Re: Where is the best place to buy new sails for a CSY 44
« on: November 15, 2015, 07:26:48 AM »
Hi Don,  I have a set of sails from SuperSailmakers on my W/O tall rig and they are doing quite well.  On my previous boat I had a set of sails from Mack Shaw, and I was very pleased with them also.  I would recommend either company.  The sizes and weight of the material will come down to your personal needs and preferences.   Matthew

Hi Sherry,  Adriana and I will attend the breakfast and the Gam. Thanks, Matthew

Hull and Rig / Re: Radar Arch Fail - Cautionary Tale
« on: August 12, 2015, 07:01:49 PM »
I appreciated that information also.  It would seem that 1/4" bolts mounted in shear are not sufficient to handle the repetitive loads.  Although I don't have the "arch in a box", I do have the aft supports on my arch loaded in shear with larger bolts, and this cautionary tale will have me checking out those bolts very soon!  Thanks again Richard and Bill.

Hull and Rig / Re: Gudgeon Bolts on CSY 44 WO
« on: August 07, 2015, 02:46:26 PM »
Hi Rick,  I understand the pressure an insurance company can put on you.  If it's just one bolt, you may consider making a deal with the boatyard to haul your boat out "during the noon hour" for a very discounted price.  In this, they would leave the boat in the slings and you could replace the bolt while they are out at lunch, then splash.  I've done this before in the Keys when I had a quickie job like installing a speedometer in the hull, but you will need to have everything ready and finish the job within an hour or so.  Take some photos to make the insurance company happy. 

Once you find the size of the bolt(s), you may see that most marine stores don't carry silicon bronze like they did in the old days.  Jamestown Distributors has a very good selection of silicon bronze fasteners and you can order them from that company on line.  I have used them before and they are very helpful and reliable.  Matthew

Interior / Re: Refinishing the Square Hatches
« on: August 05, 2015, 08:17:09 AM »
Thanks, Dave.  I'll give it a try.  You're right that the polyester resin (un-coated) just doesn't hold up for long in the Florida sun.  Matthew

Interior / Refinishing the Square Hatches
« on: August 01, 2015, 02:07:52 PM »
The square hatches on the CSY, like fiberglass hatches on all vintage sailboats with the translucent center, tend to deteriorate in the center from the sun and the elements over the years.  Those of mine that were exposed to the sun got bleached out and the fibers got exposed.  A couple years ago, I gave them a light sanding and coated the centers with polyester resin.  That worked well for a couple years, but now the same thing is happening again.

I was wondering if anyone on this forum knows the trick to restore these hatches in a more permanent way.  I don't want to paint them or cover them with canvas because I like the light that comes thru them into the cabins.  Perhaps an epoxy resin or a clear awlgrip would work better and longer?  I would appreciate any suggestions.  Thanks, Matthew

Hull and Rig / Re: Starboard water tank removal
« on: June 25, 2015, 02:17:43 PM »
Hi Mike, my first impression about removing the water tank is that it would throw off the boat's balance.  Of course this could be compensated for by reducing the amount of water in the other tank, but then the overall water capacity would be greatly lessened which would be problematic on a cruise.  Also, there are other places to put the equipment for refrigeration.  In a perfect world, the hot engine room is not the best place for that.  Matthew

Interior / Re: Port dogs
« on: June 20, 2015, 08:18:32 AM »
Hi Don,  you might want to take a look at stainless steel "eye nuts".  I have them on the port dogs where I bang my head the most, and they are more forgiving than the wing nuts.  They can be found online and I noticed that Ebay has them also.  Matthew

Roy, I  had a flexible coupling on my prior boat and I liked it.  Just make sure that there is enough room for it.  On the CSY, it will probably be a larger diameter than the flanges and that could come very close to the hull.  On my CSY w/o, I have one of those orange plastic parts between the flanges, but that is for another purpose.  Matthew

Hull and Rig / Re: Rudder failure
« on: June 08, 2015, 08:38:51 PM »

Sorry to hear about this.  I am assuming the rudder came loose and floated away?  I thought there was a lower hinge, (pintle and gudgeon), that would keep it in place.  Hopefully it's only the chain or steering cables that broke or came loose.

Years ago and on a different boat, I lost my rudder at anchor in deep water in Venezuela.  The steering chain had come in contact with the starter button wires in the binnacle and the 12V power to the starter button had electroplated the ocean with my 1 1/4" bronze rudder post.

I was able to retrieve the rudder, and had a Venezuelan welder make a new rudder post for me which I installed by free diving.  I didn't have the funds or the choice to haul out and do it perfectly.  However, it got me all the way through the ABC's, Haiti, the Bahamas and to Miami.

In the alternative, the suggestion regarding using the self steering vane is a good one so you can get to the next best port where a boatyard with the right skills and equipment exists.

Good Luck!

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