Saturday, February 5, 2011

Why the CSY 44 Makes a Great Open Ocean Cruiser

As part of the hole-drilling process for our new Keel Cooler, we got to take core samples of our hull. The picture below shows why a CSY 44 is a great option for someone planning on open-ocean sailing. They are built like a tank! (but sail better than one).

'Core Samples' from Soggy Paws' Hull

The two 'core samples' were drilled in the hull about a foot outside the keel, and a foot up from the keel... one in the area where the depth sounder transducer is... just a bit forward of the keel, and one a couple of feet forward of the propeller.

The thick one (~1.25") is from the forward hole--showing that CSY beefed up the layup in an area where a collision with something semi-submerged might occur. I think even our 'thin' part of the hull is probably beefier than most current production boats' reinforced areas. Yes, it's a bit of overkill, but it sure makes us feel more secure in hairy situations (groundings, collisions, etc).

There are a lot of other reasons why the CSY 44 is a great cruiser--see this writeup on our website (taken from CSY ads and with a little inspiration from Ed Marill's CSY site and Ron Sheridan's CSY Site)

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