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Hull and Rig / Re: Mast boot
« Last post by SVEvie on December 30, 2020, 07:41:05 am »
This is great. Thanks. We are heading back to Evie in Feb '21. She is currently located in Chiapas, Mexico. We sailed from Mazatlan at the end of '19 but she's been sitting on the hard for a year because of COVID. We are hoping everything is ok and we'll make it to the east coast of North America for summer '21. We are currently making preparations and have many many questions. Really appreciate the help.

@matthew - If we find a solution to water seepage via the halyards, I'll let you know. There is a ton of noise coming from inside our mast. Noise isn't top of list yet but at some point I hope to tackle this which will present an opportunity to consider how to keep water out of the mast as well.
Hull and Rig / Re: Mast boot
« Last post by Soggy Geek on December 29, 2020, 08:45:00 pm »
We used a product similar to Spartite (sold in Marine stores to seal the mast/deck joint), but available for less at Walmart.  We did this during a layover in Ecuador in late 2009, just before crossing the Pacific.  We sold our CSY in the Philippines, and other than a little seepage during heavy rains from inside the mast, never had a problem again.  Details here:

Hope this helps!  Whatever you use, if it has rubber, needs to be protected from the sun.  I sewed a sunbrella cover, and we used a very large (or two together) hose clamp to clamp it around the mast (make sure the SS clamp doesn't touch your alu mast).

Good luck!

Hull and Rig / Re: Mast boot
« Last post by Matthew Balch on December 29, 2020, 09:40:42 am »
There's a number of different ways to do this, especially depending upon what's there already.  A couple weeks ago, I renewed mine.  I wrap rubber from a vehicle inner tube to cover the mast/deck joint, held in place with duct tape. Then make up a sunbrella cover for that to keep the sun off the rubber. This will be good for several years.  You may still find some rain water running down the mast internally from the halyards, and I haven't found a way to stop that yet.  If you find out, please let me know.
Hull and Rig / Mast boot
« Last post by SVEvie on December 28, 2020, 06:31:34 pm »
Our CSY 44' WO has a leaky mast boot. Any tips on replacing this?  Thanks in advance.
Systems / Re: CSY 37 water tank vent problems
« Last post by Rhapsody on December 13, 2020, 10:49:59 am »
Had the same problem on my CSY33, the solution was to literally rock the boat, then the air would escape and I could fill the tank all the way up.
Systems / Re: CSY33 - Water Tank(s)?
« Last post by Rhapsody on December 13, 2020, 10:47:35 am »
The CSY 33s had two different tank configurations, possibly because of shallow or deep draft, or for some other reasons.
On my boat the fresh water tank was under the cabin sole and had 3 inspection plates, 1 large plate just aft of the table, and 2 smaller plates forward. The capacity was 153 gallons.
The tank’s inside gelcoat would blister and give the water a foul smell and taste. I ended up sanding the inside of the tank, cleaning with acetone and coated it with West System epoxy as it was “food grade”.
The whole operation took 6 weeks.. ::)
Systems / CSY33 - Water Tank(s)?
« Last post by CSY33inCT on December 10, 2020, 02:57:16 pm »
I've been unable to locate any schematics or diagrams for the water tank(s) system on my CSY 33 here in Connecticut.  I've heard anecdotally that there may be a tank which extends down into the keel, but so far I haven't been able to locate any actual diagrams (including in the DropBox which - to my eyes - doesn't seem to contain much information on 33's at all). 

I know I've got one fairly large freshwater tank just aft of the mast (with an access plate in the cabin sole between the salon table and the mast) but am unclear on any other tanks - let me know if anyone's got blueprints or a drawing - or even a written description in response to this post would be greatly appreciated! 

Thanks so much!
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).

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