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R Sampson

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Common issues
« 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.


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Re: Common issues
« Reply #1 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
« Last Edit: September 12, 2021, 08:26:21 pm by Soggy Geek »
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Re: Common issues
« Reply #2 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.

Capt. Mike Zofchak
S/V Erie Queen

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Re: Common issues
« Reply #3 on: September 19, 2021, 07:47:45 pm »
Thanks for the information.