Our First Boat and Our Current Boat….

Our first sailboat....a Hunter 23...I'm not sure why I look so angry in this picture...maybe it was my "pirate face"
Our first sailboat….a Hunter 23…I’m not sure why I look so angry in this picture…maybe it was my “pirate face”


The original CSY Yacht Corporation Badge. These were affixed to the horizontal wood surface of the forward companionway hatch.


Our current “new to us” boat is a 1979 Caribbean Sailing Yacht…more commonly known as a CSY.  Our particular boat is a “walkover” or mid-cockpit design.  This means that the aft cabin is completely separate from the forward area and you walk up and through the cockpit to access the opposite area.  We like it because it makes the cockpit more like the “living room area” although it does necessitate a willingness to travel seasonally to maintain the optimal usefulness of the cockpit area.  Here’s a few images….and a few specs….



CSY 44 Mid-Cockpit drawing on sailboatdata.comShe’s 44′ LOA weighs in at a total of 44,000 pounds, is 36.33′ at the water line, drafts 4.8′, has a 13.33′ beam, is a cutter rig, has a fully encapsulated 14,000 pound lead ballast, has been re-powered with a 65hp Cummins 4B 3.3 Diesel, She has 100 gallons of fuel tankage,  400 gallons for water and has just over 900’sq of sail area.
There have been a lot of modifications and improvements to Kitty Hawk since she was first launched in February of 1979.

Notice the hard Bimini top, solar panels, wind generator, radar, the full enclosure and the arch at the stern…This was just after a fresh coat of bottom paint that I applied and was thrilled to save $1500 by doing it myself….


This is us, on the day we made our offer to purchase Kitty Hawk,…a very exciting day


I was pleased to discover that the 44′ CSY was chosen as the #11 design in Cruising World Magazine’s reader selected 40 Best Sailboats …….the photo is from the original CSY brochure…text courtesy of CW



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I'm the average sailor...converted from a landlubber of course. While I was born with a love of the ocean it has evolved into a love of sailboats and other vessels that ply the open seas and connected waterways. I am probably like most of the people who (hopefully) will read our blog with the exception that we are now doing what we always dreamed of doing and I hope to help others do the same. I am NOT any of the following...a naval architect, a marine surveyor or connected commercially to any builder, distributor or boat sales organization. My opinions are generally my own, although influenced by many years of research.

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