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Messages - Bill Bischoff

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Hull and Rig / Cockpit Storage Dimensions Needed
« on: May 15, 2014, 12:56:10 am »
Hi Steve, thanks for your offer.  It's funny that we never got together in the year and aHalf that I was in Channel Islands Harbor.  I used to paddleboard by your boat, but never caught you aboard.  I would greatly appreciate the info for your cockpit bunk project.  You can reach me at  whiteyfish@charterdotnet.

Thanks and cheers, Bill

Hull and Rig / Monitor Windvane Storage
« on: March 28, 2014, 08:07:11 pm »
Hi all,

I installed my Monitor wind vane in October of last year, just before setting sail for Mexico.  My aft deck set up includes an arch with solar panels and davits, as well as the Monitor.  The thing is, I don't currently use the Monitor in the Sea of Cortez, and it is always in the way when raising and lowering my RIB.  The next time I am down in La Paz, I plan to remove the wind vane and store it somewhere in the engine room.  The brackets will stay on the transom, so re-installing it should not be too much trouble.

Does anyone see any problems with this idea?  I figure it will keep the vane out of the weather and really make life easier, as I usually lower and raise the dinghy daily while cruising.


Cheers, Bill

Swap Meet / 44 WO Parts and Sails for sale
« on: March 13, 2014, 04:59:37 pm »
Hi, do you still have the salon table?  Do you have any pictures?

Thanks, Bill

Engines and Drive Train / New Cummins Install
« on: March 13, 2014, 04:45:18 pm »
Hi everyone,

Since there seem to be so many re-powers underway, I was wondering if any of you would share ballpark costs for motors, accessories, and install, etc.

Thanks, Bill

Systems / Bow thruster opinions
« on: March 13, 2014, 04:36:41 pm »

your 4-154 turns counter-clockwise when viewed from behind.  That is why your stern walks to starboard when in reverse.

Cheers, Bill

Hull and Rig / Cockpit Storage Dimensions Needed
« on: March 13, 2014, 04:31:45 pm »
Hi all,

I just left my boat yesterday in La Paz, BCS, and wont be back for a while.  I meant to measure the widths of the fore, aft, and port-side cockpit locker lids.  My plan is to fit fiddles to these three sides that will hold a board in place while anchored.  I could then use the space to the left of the helm as an extra berth/lounging area.

I have a 1979 44 WO.  Could any of you help me out with the measurements of the widths of these three locker/lazarette lids?

I'll post pics of the project if it turns out well.  

Thanks in advance.

Cheers, Bill

General Discussion / Another CSY 44 in La Paz
« on: December 09, 2013, 11:19:28 am »
Hi all,
After arriving at Marina De La Paz, I was pleasantly surprised to have another CSY 44 WO pull in a couple slips away.  The boat is called "True Companion", a 1977, which was purchased in La Paz about a year and a half ago.  Gavin and Natalie have been cruising the Sea of Cortez for about the last year, and are planning to take their boat back to their home in Australia this spring.  They were great folks and we compared different features on our boats.  Same boats with slightly different execution in many areas.
Anyway, there is another of us cruising Mexico.

Cheers, Bill

Interior / So Many Interior Doors. Who has removed One or More?
« on: December 09, 2013, 12:13:21 am »
Hi everyone,
In the middle of my 1200 NM Mexico trip, I removed the aft head door.  I just couldn't take it anymore, squeezing past it to get inside :P.  Now I have it tucked on the side of the aft berth.  Too nice to throw out, but It is in La Paz, so I'm not sure what to do with it.  I also put up a shower curtain and couldn't be happier with the new easy access in the aft head.

Cheers, Bill

Engines and Drive Train / Fuel Tank Probe/Dipstick
« on: December 09, 2013, 12:04:54 am »
Hi, although I certainly see the utility of using the dip tube for suction, I just couldn't see the fuel level well enough on pvc.  I also have the aluminum strip with marked levels, but cannot usually make out the fuel level as it is almost clear.  I recently ended up using a long piece of wooden dowel with the levels marked at 10 gallon intervals.  Now I have no problem reading the level.

Cheers, Bill

Engines and Drive Train / Low Oil Pressure Warning Buzzer - Where is it?
« on: December 08, 2013, 07:14:19 pm »
Hi everyone,
I just finished motoring quite a bit during my trip to Mexico, and everything ran great.  I have oil pressure showing on my gauge, but no buzzer, which should come on when I switch the ignition on.  Can any of you point me to where the buzzer and sender unit (if it has one) might be located?  This seems like something I should fix.

Thanks, Bill

Systems / New Steering Cables
« on: December 06, 2013, 12:59:07 am »

Underway / Down Wind Sailing and trip Notes (long)
« on: December 03, 2013, 12:14:24 pm »
Hi all, I am so glad to see the site back up.  Thanks Dave and Sherry and whoever else makes this thing work!
I just returned from a 1200NM trip from Channel Islands, CA, to La Paz, BCS.  Odyssey worked really well, with all the systems that I touched, repaired or installed, working with no problems (I had my fingers crossed the whole way).  I did find that my boat was a bit of a pig going down wind, however.  I even flew my asym for the first time, with pretty good results.  
I guess my question to the group is this, are our boats slow down wind, or it just me?  We did a fair amount of wing and wing, jib only, main only, stay sail only, and every other combination.  At the start of each leg of the Baja-Haha we would be at the back of the fleet within a few short hours.  When we had wind forward of the beam, Odyssey would start reeling in the other boats like nobody's business.
We had a great time, anchoring in Turtle Bay, Bahia Santa Maria before reaching Cabo.  After leaving there we anchored at Los Frailes, and Bahia de los Muertos, before reaching our current resting place in Marina De La Paz, BCS.  I am so proud of this boat, and so much more experienced than when we left, although I certainly still have much to learn.
Thanks to everyone who answered my endless questions, and who provided me with tips or guidance.  You should know who you are ;) .  I am currently back in the States, with a return to La Paz slated for early January.

Cheers, Bill

Systems / New Steering Cables
« on: December 03, 2013, 11:56:24 am »
Hi Mike, did you ever get your pins?  If not, we had talked about you buying mine.  Sorry, the site went down and then I left for the Baja-Haha and just got back in town.  PM me if you still want the sheave pins.

Cheers, Bill

Systems / New Steering Cables
« on: September 09, 2013, 11:31:00 pm »
Hi All,

Thane my guess would be that the sheaves under the pedestal are the smaller ones, but I will check tomorrow.

Hull and Rig / Need Ideas for Stowing Spare Anchor(s) and Spare OB Motor
« on: September 09, 2013, 10:49:51 pm »
Hi all,

I recently upgraded both my primary anchor and dinghy OB motor.

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