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General Discussion / Re: Common issues
« Last post by R Sampson on September 19, 2021, 07:47:45 pm »
Thanks for the information.
Swap Meet / CSY 44 WO Surprise is for Sale
« Last post by csy44surprise on September 15, 2021, 09:46:53 am »
Unfortunately a change in health circumstances necessitates the sale of our wonderful CSY 44. This boat has had extensive upgrades and needs nothing to start exploring. Brand new, never used B&G Zeus 3S 12" display and Vesper Cortex system! Lifelines replaced last month. All teak being professionally refinished now. A very capable, safe  and comfortable blue water cruiser!

Link to Listing:
General Discussion / Re: Common issues
« Last post by Mike Zofchak on September 13, 2021, 09:10:29 am »
Hello R Sampson,

I have a 1978, 44' walkover that I purchased as a salvage. It had sunk at a dock on the Potomac River. I have completely rebuilt her from stem to stern with complete new systems.

Please feel free to get in touch with me and we can have a conversation. Way to much to put here in writing.

As Soggy Creek says they are great boats and will take care of you.

General Discussion / Re: Common issues
« Last post by Soggy Geek on September 12, 2021, 08:22:11 pm »
Welcome to the forum!
First, CSY's are great boats.  We owned one for 20 years, and sailed all over the Caribbean and halfway around the world on ours.  Properly maintained, they will take much more abuse than we can.
There are always issues, especially with a boat that is over 40 years old.  Even a well-maintained one-owner boat that is completely up to date, is probably going to develop some kind of problem tomorrow.  It is never-ending, even on new boats.
In addition to browsing this forum, take a look at our CSY Workshop pages, to give you an idea of the things we did on our boat to upgrade and maintain.

If you are handy, buying an older boat, like a CSY, can be a good deal.  If you don't already know how, or can't teach yourself, fiberglassing, woodworking, electrical wiring and troubleshooting, and plumbing repair and troubleshooting, plus basic engine troubleshooting, you will not be happy in the long run with this boat (or ANY older boat).

The hardest thing about keeping a cruising boat is not the sailing part, it's the maintenance part.
If you read through these pages, you will get an idea of the challenges.
Save yourself a lot of grief and get a survey from a knowledgeable surveyor before you make any commitments.

Practical Sailor has a ton of information on buying and maintaining older boats.  It is well worth a year's subscription.  Here's one article you can start with:

Also, there's a book on Amazon called How Not to Buy a Cruising Boat that gets great reviews. 
Here's a link to it:

Well worth the nominal price, that could save you thousands of dollars.

Good luck!
Sherry & Dave McCampbell
Swap Meet / CSY 37 Plan A for sale-best offer
« Last post by Scimitar 37 on September 09, 2021, 04:20:19 pm »
Lived on Scimitar for 5 great years in Key West. Really going to miss her. Beta Marine Engine runs great. Sails are in good shape. Needs some love. In the water at Crisfield, MD. PM for additional info.
General Discussion / Common issues
« Last post by R Sampson on September 08, 2021, 11:26:49 am »
Hello all,
I am looking at a CSY 44 WO. I have never owned a sailboat or a boat this large before so consider me a complete newbie. My boat experience is limited to small boats on the river where I live.
My main question is if there are any common issues, or problems I should be looking for, or asking questions about? The boat is a '79 model. Any information would be appreciated.

Systems / Re: Propane locker
« Last post by Matthew Balch on August 23, 2021, 07:13:09 pm »
Last September I wrote up what I did to my propane locker. The drain was clogged also. These are my recommendations.
-remove tanks
-clear drain
-clean out locker
-get rid of any steel tanks because they rust
-caulk around the entire interior shell including where the hose goes thru the bulkhead
-install gaskets on the lid
-caulk winch and cleat that are over the locker
-if the wood over the locker is leaking, caulk that too.
-when you are off the boat, shut the tank off.
Systems / Re: Propane locker
« Last post by Mike Zofchak on August 08, 2021, 11:11:50 am »
Interesting story to ad to this discussion. We have a 44 WO 1978. It has the propane locker on the port side of the cockpit.

About a month ago a while working on another project we thought we smelled propane. Long story short. I opened the locker and had a slight smell of propane but nothing major, so I shut the tank off and proceeded with the current project. The next morning I opened the locker and turned the tank on. The next thing, I hear a pretty substantial hissing/leak at the regulator. It is a dual regulator with a valve to switch between 2 tanks.

The regulator is about 2 years old and is in fresh water. Sent it back to Xintex for "evaluation" but have not heard back from them as of yet. Purchased a new regulator and installed but keeping a close eye on it.

Bottom line is I have been re-evaluating my drain, seal and latches. Interested to see what others have done
General Discussion / Re: Repository of all things CSY - Dropbox
« Last post by Lcquinn on August 04, 2021, 05:45:18 pm »
Is the Dropbox still in action? If so, I would love an invitation to it.
Systems / Re: Propane locker
« Last post by Dutchess on August 03, 2021, 08:49:17 pm »
Thanks Doug. After getting back to the boat the compartment isn't quite like the walk thru. We've looked at both so I'm guessing the memories blended a bit. Our WO has just a side opening locker bulit into the combing. Both it and its matching locker across the cockpit have drains already installed which the surveyor didn't see. There was about 2 inches of water inside the propane locker so that could be why. I managed to clear the drain but obviously the cover is not vapor tight. Going to at least tighten the cover latch and add a gasket. Banjo is just down the dock from me(another WO) so I'm going to peek at what he has when we make it back to the boat. He says he has a "fire box" inside the locker. Maybe another option. The good news the boat is ours and we're pretty excited and anxious to get back to her!

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