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BOATOWNER’S BOAT REVIEW

CSY 44 Walk-through By Fran Lima

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veryone loves their boat and we are no exception. Jade was carefully chosen to take an extended coastal and blue water cruise. The CSY 44 Walk-Through has good basic qualities for blue water sailing and a wonderful interior layout. Jade came with some nice additions, and we upgraded many systems to get ready for the cruise. The improvements were accomplished with the usual blood, sweat and tears that these kinds of projects require. Jade has more than paid us back for our efforts. We have always felt safe and comfortable on this tough old heavy boat. We also think she has a lot of character and beauty, topsides and down below. This article will cover Jade’s features, alterations made before our purchase and a description of some of the changes we made. The CSY (Caribbean Sailing Yacht) company began in 1967 in Tortola, Virgin Islands. It became a successful bareboat chartering business. After their first few years in business, the company designed their own boat to have a vessel that could withstand the rigors of year round use by inexperienced sailors. The CSYs were built to high standards of strength, durability and quality. The 44 Walk-Through was one of the last CSY designs and has an inside passage from

the main salon to the aft cabin. There were approximately 40 Walk-Throughs made; Jade is hull #14 built in 1980. A CSY is not an around-the-buoys beer-can racer. They were built to be comfortable and a good seagoing boat. The hull and deck are solid fiberglass up to 1½ inches thick; there is no coring in any part of the boat. Jade had some nice upgrades when we bought her. Many thanks go to the previous owner who added an arch with davits on the back deck. Another owner installed a hardtop bimini, two 75-watt solar panels and a swim platform. The woodwork down below was in excellent condition when we bought her, and we have not touched it. Jade is a cutter rig and has a full-batten main. The headsail is a Yankee type which is cut higher on the foot. The staysail is hanked on and has a boom. There are three reefs in the main; the first is taken in at the mast. The second and third reefs can be done from the cockpit. The main is the powerhouse on the boat and easily overtakes the forward

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