'Mis Gale', my CSY 44 is for Sale
by Elmer Gustafson


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'Mis Gale', my CSY 44 is for sale. She's the mid-cockpit version built in 1978 and is currently berthed in Turtle Cay Marina on the Caribbean coast of Panama.

CSY 44 for sale, alongsideThe CSY 44, 'Mis Gale'.
CSY stands for Caribbean Sailing Yachts

Published Specification for the CSY 44 (Mid-Cockpit version)

Underwater Profile: Fin keel & skeg-hung rudder

Hull Material: GRP (Fiberglass)

Length Overall: 44'0" (13.4m)

Waterline Length: 36'4" (11.0m)

Beam: 13'4" (4.1m)

Draft: 6'6" (2.0m), Shoal Draft version 4'11" (1.5m)

Rig Type: Cutter (a few were rigged as staysail ketches)

Displacement: 37,000lb (16,782kg)

Ballast: 12,000 lb (5,443 kg)

Designer: Peter Schmitt & Frank Hamlin

Builder: CSY Yacht Corp. (Caribbean Sailing Yachts)

Year First Built: 1977

Year Last Built: 1981

Number Built: 400

CSY 44 for sale, layoutCSY 44 (Mid-Cockpit) Layout Plan

'Mis Gale's General Condition & Equipment

  • Well maintained woodwork;
  • Mast Height 56'0";
  • Single spreader mast;
  • Solid fiberglass hull (no core);
  • 125% foresail (Genoa);
  • Club footed staysail in good shape;
  • Mainsail OK condition (1998);
  • Sail cover, dodger and side cover redone in 2021;
  • 400-gallon water tank (2x200 gal);
  • 120-gallon fuel tank (2x50 gal + 20);
  • M65 Perkins engine;
  • 2001 7KW Kubota diesel generator;
  • 25 gallon/hour watermaker (CAT high pressure pump, DOW Membrane 42inch);
  • 10ft x 10ft cockpit with fiber glass hardtop and aluminum frame;
  • Nav station with GPS, VHS radio with AIS receiver and Icon SSB;
  • Aft cabin with queen size bed, private shower and head;
  • Front V berth with shelf and insert storage underneath;
  • Main salon with 21 cubic foot refrigerator with 2 system 110 volt and engine driven;
  • Run 1 hour a day to keep things frozen at anchor;
  • Shipmate 3 burner stove + oven;
  • Table folds out to seat 7 people;
  • Lots of storage;
  • Front shower with seat and head;
  • 350 ft 516 (8mm) anchor chain with Maxwell 1200w windlass;
  • 60lb Manson anchor;
  • Extra anchors: 40lb Danforth & 44lb Bruce;
  • 8ft 7in Inman dinghy with aluminum bottom and 6hp Tohatsu outboard;
  • Aluminum arch to lift the dinghy & motor;
  • 100w solar panel;
  • 6 x 6v in parallel series 800 Ah Battery bank;
CSY 44 for sale, saloonThe salon

CSY 44 for sale, galleyThe galley is at the foot of the companionway steps on the port side

CSY 44 for sale, Fridge & FreezerThe fridge/freezer and microwave oven are at the foot of the companionway steps on the starboard side

CSY 44 for sale, sternThe three ports in the transom suggest there's a comfortable berth in the stern cabin...

CSY 44 for sale, aft cabinThe cozy athwartship double berth in the aft cabin

CSY 44 for sale, forecabinThe Vee-berth in the forepeak

CSY 44 for sale, foredeckOpening hatches and deck lights provide good ventilation and light below

CSY 44 for sale, companionwayA hard dodger with an opening screen provides both shelter and ventilation for the cockpit occupants

CSY 44 for sale, helmA convenient table on the binnacle for the helmsman

CSY 44 for sale, cockpit instrumentsCockpit instruments

CSY 44 for sale, engineM65 Perkins diesel engine

CSY 44 for sale, davitsThe dinghy and outboard can be hung in davits on the stern gantry

What is the mid-cockpit version of the CSY 44 sailboat like to sail?

Based on Published Design Ratios for the CSY 44:

  • Her Sail Area/Displacement Ratio of 12.9 suggests that she will need a stiff breeze to get her going. In light conditions, unless you've got plenty of time on your hands, motor-sailing may be the way to go.
  • Her Displacement/Length Ratio of 354 tells us she is firmly in the ultra-heavy displacement category. Load her up as much as you like and her performance will be hardly affected. 
  • Her Ballast/Displacement Ratio of 36.9 means that the she will have a tendency to heel excessively in a gust, and may need to be reefed early to keep her sailing upright in a moderate breeze.
  • Ted Brewer's Comfort Ratio of 48.3 suggests that crew comfort of a CSY 44 in a seaway is similar to what you would associate with the motion of a heavy bluewater cruising boat. Pitching and rolling will be well damped - your cup of coffee on the salon table stands a reasonable chance of staying there in most conditions.
  • Her Capsize Screening Formula of 1.6 tells us that she would be a safer choice of sailboat for an ocean passage than one with a CSF of more than 2.0.

more about Design Ratios...

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