04/02/2010, Stuart, Florida
Progressing nicely on the project. After the splash, installed the bimini and solar panels which are putting out as musch as 17+ volts. I had the fridge guy come out and install new brushes in the motor, runs like a champ. I still must replace the water pump that supplies cooling to the motor and compressor. I have been at it non-stop on the mast though, only occasionally going to the boat at the slip. The cut down went well, the welder did a great job, the new electriv lines and halyards are in and I am in the middle of priming and painting it with emphasis on corrosion prevention. Today I went down to Florida Rigging and picked up the new standing rigging. Tomorrow the final paint and install of some of the fittings. I hope to have the mast stepped on Wednesday. I'm pn schedule so it looks like it will happen (finally). Pics to follow...
03/21/2010, Stuart, Florida
Finally was able to put the boat in the water. All went well until I realized I did not replace the corroded bolt in the bottom of the raw water sea strainer for the engine. Had to postpone leaving about an hour until I found a workable bolt to use as a temporary fix. New seacocks and thru-hulls were perfect, bone dry. The 3 1/2 hour trip to my slip went flawless as well. Made 7.5 knots at 1400 RPM but I had a strong following tide to push me as well. Without the help of the tide, I made 6.8 knots at 1500 RPM. Engine stayed at a steady 180 degrees, had good steady oil pressure, batteries were charging and the diesel just purred. How sweet!!
03/13/2010, Now in Stuart, Florida
Returned with the boat (3/3) and all went well!! I completed many small projects while in Mobile but the bottom had not been removed for me to complete the epoxy barrier coat. The new rudder is installed and working perfectly. The holes in the heel plate did not match exactly with the ones in the skeg so I had to fill them with epoxy then drill new ones. All thru-hulls are in and work great. It was a miserable cold and wet week in Mobile but the Turner Marine people couldn't have been better, I recommend them highly if you ever get to Mobile.
Tomorrow I am also contacting my mechanic and refrigeration mechanic to go through each system and give me their diagnosis and suggest any work needed.
I hope to splash on or before the 22nd... we'll see how that goes. I will be working on the standing rigging and re-working the mast as well and hope to step the mast sometime in early April. Again, we'll see how it goes. Overall, I am on budget and time line. I am aiming for a quick shakedown cruise to the Keys or Bahamas in June but will hopefully have my brother help with a quick trip in local waters to find any obvious bugs. I'll keep posting as I go.
3/12 More updates - Have been feverishly working on the boat since she arrived. Bottom paint removed, faired hull, second coat of penetrating epoxy barrier coat, connected and adjusted all steering cables and connection ( I still have the pillow bearing on the rudder post to install), and a bunch of minor details. I started on servicing the diesel and transmission today as it rained hard all day long . Finished installing the refurbished strainers and connected all thru-hulls to new hoses with new double clamps
Making progress on the transition to ownership. I have contracted a new rudder, Make purchases of repair materials and parts, researched and planned ad nauseum and now am ready to get the boat to my home port. The first major project is the bottom barrier coat and new thru-hulls so I can get back in the water. Then, I work on the rig to alter it to its original specs. TRhe rig will be shortened to 55 feet with the sails being reduced proportionally.
I found this brief description of the CSY 44 Walk Through. I especially like the statement that the Walkthrough is much sought after.
Walk Through 44
About 41 of these were built, with the last boat being number 42, completed outside the yard.
LOA: 44′0″ (13.4 m)
LWL: 36′4″ (11.1 m)
Beam: 13′4″ (4.1 m)
Draft: (deep) 6′6″ (2.0 m), (shoal) 4′11″ (1.5 m)
Ballast: (deep) 12,000 lb (5,400 kg), (shoal) 10,000 lb (4,536 kg)
Disp: (deep) 38,000 lb (15,000 kg), (shoal) 36,000 lb (14,100 kg)
U/W Hull Area: (shoal) 578 ft2 (53.7 m2)
Sail area: (short 100%) 906 ft2 (84.2 m2), (tall 100%) 1050 ft2 (98 m2)
Mast top above DWL: (short) 55' 0″ (16.8 m), (tall Kenyon mast) 63′ 0″ (19.2 m)
Ballast/Disp: 0.32 (shoal), 0.36 (deep)
Disp/Length: 288 (shoal), 307 (deep)
SA/Disp: 14.7 (shoal), 14.1 (deep)
Fuel: 95 US gal (360 L) single aluminum tank under companionway ladder
Water: 165 US gal. (625 L) in five fiberglass main cabin tanks, one under each settee, three under floor-one under table and two small ones beside mast
Original engine: Perkins 4-154 or Westerbeke (British Leyland) W-60, 62 horsepower (46 kW) diesel originally had Walther V-Drive later eliminated
Cabin headroom: 6′ 7″ (2.0 m.)
Designers: Frank Hamlin, Peter Schmitt
The CSY 44 Walk Throughs were built late in the production run and are sought after boats, mainly because of their walk-through configuration. While this design sacrifices some cockpit space in order to add the below-decks walkway from the main salon to the aft master stateroom, it is seen by many as a fair trade. It has a comfortable, conventional cockpit with ample room for guest visiting. There are two longitudinal bench seats long enough for sleeping and an ample bench seat aft of the central binnacle. Other layout differences from the Walk Over include a stand-up engine room with workbench to port, a main cabin navigation station/table to port, the galley with side-loading refrigerator/freezer aft located in the starboard passageway leading aft, and all-oak instead of teak interiors. Many of these boats were outfitted with a large fiberglass box on the stern deck suitable for fuel and gas storage. The after section of the main cabin coach roof is raised, adding headroom below and increasing visibility through four large windows.
Many Walk Throughs were delivered with shoal draft and tall mast. The normal rig configuration was a cutter, with a few rigged as cutters/ketches. All of the WT masts were in the cutter position, and if a ketch, a mizzen would be added onto the aft deck with the boom extending far astern.
02/05/2010, Stuart, Florida
A quick update for those of you interested in the progress to date on the repairs/upgrades to the latest aquisition, a CSY 44 Walkthrough Afterglow. I returned from Mobile , Al. after 8 days of work, surveying, testing, grinding, researching, etc...... I found that almost everything still works after a lighting strike while on the hard for rudder repairs. I did replace all the deep cycle batteries ($$), they were pretty much shot after sitting in the yard so long. The rudder is being made from the original mold at Foss Foam here in Florida. Idropped the old one off at the plant on my way home. The bottom paint is being removed by the yard in preparation for epoxy barrier coat and bottom paint. I have just ordered all new thru-hulls and flanged valves for the aft section of the hull. Fiberglass repairs are still needed at the rudder area but I will most likely do that job here at home. A small bulkhead repair is needed in the master head area but will be an easy fix.
The big change is to the rig. I must shorten the mast back to the original height of 55' off the waterline in order to get through the bridges to my dock. This will of course cause the alteration of the standing rigging, mainsail, headsails, spreaders, etc. but I will end up with a more versatile sailplan and boat.