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Messages - Matthew Balch

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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

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!


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

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

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

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.


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

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.


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.

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.

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

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