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General Discussion / Re: USCG Builder Plate?
« Last post by Matthew Balch on September 12, 2020, 12:04:31 pm »
Perhaps the officer is referring to the TXY....... numbers that are molded into the hull at the upper starboard side of the transom? 
Those same numbers should be on your registration/documentation papers also, and they will identify the manufacturer and State of origin.
General Discussion / USCG Builder Plate?
« Last post by Mercy McFly on September 10, 2020, 04:54:20 pm »
I am importing our 1979 CSY 44 WO from Canada back to the US and need to formally import the vessel. They need proof of US build. The CPB officer said that the boat should have a builders plate mounted on the boat. If I have one, I don't have to jump through a bunch of hoops trying to get  replacement construction cert.  I have not seen one on the boat. Anyone ever see one on theirs?
Systems / Propane Locker
« Last post by Matthew Balch on September 03, 2020, 07:07:35 pm »
It's rainy season where I live, and I noticed that the propane locker on my boat was collecting water, (CSY 44 WO).  I keep 2 aluminum tanks there plus a few of the steel 1# tanks for the BBQ.
I found the thru hull drain to be plugged.  It has a very fine screen in the thruhull that can collect bits of corrosion and other stuff.  It's very dangerous to have the drain plugged because it was designed to vent any propane leaks overboard.
The easiest way I found to clear the thru hull and pipe was to get in the inflatable dinghy alongside and use its foot pump to push the blockage out of the thru hull and pipe with compressed air.  Afterwards, some vinegar can be run downhill to clear it out completely.
Finished the job with a new gasket on the locker lid and new caulking on the sheet winch and cleat.
Good to check on this every now and then.
General Discussion / Re: Repository of all things CSY - Dropbox
« Last post by Chip on August 29, 2020, 11:31:45 am »
Can I get added to the dropbox?
General Discussion / Re: CSY Hull Numbers
« Last post by Littleships on August 12, 2020, 02:37:54 pm »
I am looking for a Builders certificate of a certificate of Conformity for some French friends of mine who need to register the vessel on the french system
The Hull number is.TXY 440230577
any ideas anyone?
General Discussion / Re: CSY44 - Sailing vs Motor/Sailing vs Motoring
« Last post by Soggy Geek on August 10, 2020, 08:29:26 pm »
Also, you might be interested in this chart.  I keep really close stats on the amount of time we spend pure sailing vs motoring, etc.  I haven't updated it on the website for last year, but all our CSY years are here (2007 to 2014).

There's a shocking number of "nights in a marina" for a long range cruising boat.  We have left the boat somewhere for an average of 2 months every year, flying back to the USA.  Plus we've spent a good amount of time doing "inland travel" in South America, Hawaii, New Zealand, etc.

On our big crossing years (South America to Fr Poly to Hawaii to Fr Poly to Fiji in 2010 and 2011, we did the most sailing, and the ratio of "pure sailing" (no motor on) to motoring (with or without sails) is very high.

I have a month to month view of this that makes that more evident, in a spreadsheet, but I've never published that.

General Discussion / Re: CSY44 - Sailing vs Motor/Sailing vs Motoring
« Last post by Soggy Geek on August 10, 2020, 06:53:33 pm »

Re motoring vs sailing or motorsailing.  The answer on that one depends hugely on the captain of the boat and the weather windows you pick.  My husband Dave would truthfully rather pick a weather window that had very light wind, and motor or motorsail.  If the speed dropped below about 3.5 knots, vrooooom, here we go with the engine.  We have friends who would sit for a day ghosting along at 1 knot waiting for more wind.  So, the patience, and the sailing skills, of the captain make a huge difference.  Dave put in an additional fuel tank (custom made, behind the back of the settee) to add range, plus we carried fuel jugs on deck.  He was always making sure we had fuel to motor 1,000 miles if we had to.

Another factor is where you are sailing.  If you are sailing in the tradewinds, with pretty consistent winds, it's a lot easier to sail than in the equatorial belt we've been in for the last 6 years.

Our average speed, over a long period time doing our Pacific (mostly) downwind passages was 5.7 knots.  Dave is really conservative, and with a tall rig and a roachy main (set up for light air Keys/Bahamas conditions), if the wind was 15 knots or more, we'd start out with a reef in the main.  If we had any heel at all Dave would start talking about reefing.  And at night, we'd always drop in another reef.  We're retired, not in a hurry, and want our comfort more than speed.

Both us and Tackless II blogged our Pacific crossings, so if you haven't found those websites, here they are:

General Discussion / Re: CSY 33 Henrietta - Formerly Rhapsody/Sass Sea
« Last post by Soggy Geek on August 10, 2020, 06:40:34 pm »

Thanks for the update.  It's really nice to hear what's happening with our boats.  Sounds like you had quite an adventure on that trip!

Isn't it wonderful to really wring a new boat out and find it up to whatever you throw at it.  My husband Dave used to say about Soggy Paws (CSY 44 WT) that the boat could take more than the crew could.

Hope you and your son have a ball on Henrietta.

General Discussion / Re: CSY44 - Sailing vs Motor/Sailing vs Motoring
« Last post by Matthew Balch on August 10, 2020, 12:21:51 pm »
Hi Kevin,
Yes we are in Miami Beach.  We can easily do daylight runs down to the Keys or over to Bimini with ample time to clear customs, etc.  Key West to Marina Hemingway is an overnighter.
The boat is not a racer, not sailing as close to the wind as a racer, but it has a good turn of speed when dialed in and with a clean bottom.
When you get to cruising you will have more time to make good decisions about when to sail and weather choices, as long as you don't have to sail to some distant island now to meet a guest at an airport, you'll do just fine and the boat will take care of you.
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