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Interior / Re: Dodger
« Last post by Soggy Paws on November 15, 2020, 10:46:35 pm »
Our boat was a Walkthrough so dimensions and landing points for the hard dodger supports will be different.  Anodized aluminum is plenty strong, light weight and will retain its luster much better than mill finish.  The hard dodger was designed to remain up in a Cat 1 or 2 hurricane providing the boat is not in an open roadstead exposed to significant wave action.  Half inch expanded PVC works very well for the top.  Light weight, easily worked with woodworking tools, no additional fabrication required and no rain leaks.  Just a day's work to cut and install.  Paint when you get a chance.
Interior / Re: Dodger
« Last post by SVEvie on November 15, 2020, 06:20:15 pm »
Wow, thank you So much!  This is very helpful!  I love the idea of a hard dodger.  I will definitely check it all out. I am aware of Sailrite so I'll see what they say as well. Honestly I'm not much of a sewer- my husband is much better than me but there's always hope:).  Thanks again!
Interior / Re: Dodger
« Last post by Soggy Geek on November 15, 2020, 05:58:36 pm »
Hi and welcome to the forum!

We documented our upgrade to a hard dodger a few years ago, and can attest to the fact that it made an amazing difference in both our underway and our at anchor comfort.  it was like adding on a new sunroom to our house.

You can find our info here:

Dave designed the frame, gave the sketch to a shop that made fly bridges for fishing boats, and they did a pretty competent job.  Then he got quotes from 3 different canvas shops, specifying every detail.  And 10 years later it was still keeping us dry and happy.  The use of the Tenara thread was important, as I never had to re-stitch the dodger.  A few zippers broke (the metal feet don't hold up well, so take extras--both extra feet and extra zippers of the appropriate length, if you are going long range cruising--even if you don't sew, you can always find another cruiser, or someone ashore, to make repairs, if you have the  critical items that are not usually availalee in remote places).

If you DO sew, there's a great Facebook Group called Sewing on Boats, and also checkout the "how to" videos on (they have a Youtube channel and their vids are excellent).

Interior / Dodger
« Last post by SVEvie on November 15, 2020, 04:35:05 pm »
Our CSY 44 WO does not have a dodger.  I don't see a topic discussion on dodger so posted in Interior hoping someone can help us or better direct this question. Does anyone have measurements or photos of their dodger that they would like to share?  We have a small bimini only which won't cut it on longer crossings.  Any info would be much appreciated, cheers!
General Discussion / Re: Hello
« Last post by SVEvie on November 15, 2020, 04:31:19 pm »
Hello from SV Evie, CSY 44 WO.  We are located on East Coast of Canada but our boat sits on the hard on the Pacific Coast of Mexico near Guatamala.  We hope to return to her in 2021 to continue our journey to bring her back to our side of the world.  We are new to this forum - hope to meet some of you in person someday!
Interior / Re: Help on ID of teak trim piece
« Last post by CSY33inCT on November 14, 2020, 10:29:22 pm »
Looks like one of the two port side trim pieces for your fold-out salon table.  The "indent" in the trim aligns with - and will then hold in place - the slide-out platform under the cushions which converts your port-side settee into a full (or maybe small queen) size bed. 

Photo of mine is below - hope that helps!
Swap Meet / Re: Selling 44 Walkthrough Horizon
« Last post by CaptainWraith on November 09, 2020, 11:13:59 am »
Steve is horizons still for sale?
Systems / Re: Lithium Battery System
« Last post by Soggy Geek on November 05, 2020, 08:13:29 pm »
We are in the process of converting the 14 year old Gel batteries on our new Soggy Paws (a catamaran) to LifePO4 Lithiums.  We chose a DIY approach, and ordered 3.2v cells from RJ Lithium in China, a total of 8 cells which results in a 540 Ah battery bank, that takes up about half the size and weight of our previous Gel batteries.

RJ Lithium LifePO4 Cells

We have just put them in and are still finishing the install.  But before installing, we did some capacity testing, using a precision load, one cell at a time.  Here is the result for one cell, we took a full cell that was resting at 3.3v (13.2v in a 4 cell battery) and put a constant 35 amp load on it, and it took 7 hours for the voltage to drop below 3.15v (12.6v), and we got a measured 250Ah (from a 270Ah cell).  It's pretty amazing!

You do need to make some adjustments to your battery charging and monitoring methods as using standard lead acid chargers/charge profiles will kill your lithium batteries (and/or your alternator).

We'll let you know how we like it after we've cruised with them for a year.

A good place to start learning about converting to LifePO4 batteries is here:

and this one:

General Discussion / Re: Greetings from a new CSY44 WO owner
« Last post by SueDarrin on November 05, 2020, 06:26:13 pm »
Hi Dave,  I do love the pilot house design.  Actually i love the CSY design.

I did recommend a PH to my cousin but he didn't go for it - despite the fact that he loves sailing.  The only other person i know in USA has a land bound wife.

I got the gearbox on the engine yesterday and will be lifting the engine in this morning.
General Discussion / Re: Greetings from a new CSY44 WO owner
« Last post by Dreamketcher on November 04, 2020, 11:01:35 pm »
Congrats on the new boat.  We purchased our from the second owner and have love her. Ours is hull 3 and was kept in the PNW on lake union. We love the pilot house design. When coming down the west coast we passed cape Mendocino, it didn’t occur to us how heavy the weather was as I like to run the helm on the inside while wearing my flannel night pants. Our buddy boat called over the radio so we could tuck into a hole on the coast and wait out the storm. Apparently he kept getting soaked from the breaking waves of the following sea at his stern, his foul weather gear just wasn’t doing the trick. His boat was a Ericson 39. We have good laughs over it now.  If you know anyone looking we’re stepping away from the ocean for awhile to tend to life matters

Dave Butler
S/V DreamKetcher
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