The CSY 44 Sailboat
Specs & Key Performance Indicators
The CSY 44, a Heavy displacement cutter, was designed by Peter Schmitt & Frank Hamlin and built in the USA by CSY Yacht Corp.
A CSY 44 (Mid-Cockpit version)
There were three versions produced:
- Pilot House
- Walk Through
They were usually rigged as cutters, but a few were produced as staysail ketches.
The one shown in the pic above and described in the text is the Mid-Cockpit version.
Published Specification for the CSY 44 (Mid-Cockpit)
Underwater Profile: Fin keel & skeg-hung rudder
Hull Material: GRP (Fiberglass)
Length Overall: 44'0" (13.4m)
Waterline Length: 36'0" (11.0m)
Beam: 13'4" (4.1m)
Draft: 6'6" (2.0m), Shoal Draft version 5'0" (1.5m)
Rig Type: Cutter
Displacement: 38,000lb (17,327kg)
Designer: Peter Schmitt & Frank Hamlin
Builder: CSY Yacht Corp. (Caribbean Sailing Yachts)
Year First Built: 1977
Year Last Built: 1981
Number Built: 400
Published Design Ratios for the CSY 44 (Mid-Cockpit)
1. Sail Area/Displacement Ratio: 12.9
- Less than 16 would be considered under-powered;
- 16 to 20 would indicate reasonably good performance;
- Over 20 suggests relatively high performance.
2. Ballast/Displacement Ratio: 36.9
- Under 40: less stiff, less powerful
- Over 40: stiffer, more powerful
3. Displacement/Length Ratio: 354
- Under 100: Ultralight
- 100 to 200: Light
- 200 to 275: Moderate
- 275 to 350: Heavy
- Over 350: Ultraheavy
4. Comfort Ratio: 48.3
- Under 20 indicates a lightweight racing boat
- 20 to 30 indicates a coastal cruiser
- 30 to 40 indicates a moderate offshore cruising boat
- 40 to 50 indicates a heavy offshore boat
- Over 50 indicates an extremely heavy offshore boat
5. Capsize Screening Formula: 1.6
- Under 2.0 (the lower the better): Better suited for ocean passages
- Over 2.0: Less suited for ocean passages
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Summary Analysis of the Design Ratios for the CSY 44 (Mid-Cockpit)
1. A Sail Area/Displacement Ratio of just 12.9 suggests that the CSY 44 (Mid-Cockpit) 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.
2. A Ballast/Displacement Ratio of 36.9 means that the CSY 44 (Mid-Cockpit) will have a tendency to heel excessively in a gust, and she'll need to be reefed early to keep her sailing upright in a moderate breeze.
3. A Displacement/Length Ratio of 354, tells us theCSY 44 (Mid-Cockpit) is firmly in the ultra-heavy displacement category. Load her up as much as you like and her performance will be hardly affected. Few if any sailboats are built to this displacement category these days - but they remain popular with some long-distance sailors.
4. Ted Brewer's Comfort Ratio of 48.3 suggests that crew comfort of a CSY 44 (Mid-Cockpit) 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.
5. The Capsize Screening Formula (CSF) of 1.6 tells us that a CSY 44 (Mid-Cockpit) would be a safer choice of sailboat for an ocean passage than one with a CSF of more than 2.0.
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