Monday, July 11, 2011

33' CSY, " Rhapsody"

Dag's 33, is a fine example of the 33' CSY model, shown here at anchor in No Name Harbor, Miami.

Rhapsody on the hard/deep keel option. The staysail has been modified to ditch the club foot original to the design and instead add a furling system and double sheets led to blocks on the coach roof corners.

New anchor.
Had all the exterior varnish stripped off last year and applied 17 coats of Epifanes varnish.
Also screwed on SS rub-rails on the teak from the bow back to the spring-cleats.
A new 20 KG Rocna anchor sits on the bow. Very impressed with the anchor so far.

Showing her clean seaworthy, CSY lines.

Rhapsody during hurricane Wilma. I am happy to say there was no damage to Rhapsody:
She was a bit shaken, but not stirred. At least 13 docklines are holding her in place and there is
also lines across the canal holding her off the dock. Had I known how severe the storm would be,
I would have removed the sails...

Helm mod...Mounted a chart-plotter on the pedestal 2 years ago. I had to make a bracket out of aluminum to mount the plotter, also used bimini-top hardware with rubber-bushings to clamp on to the tubing.

Here is a picture of the bracket and hardware: The plotter is a S-H C180i
hooked up to an AIS "engine" displaying ship traffic up to 29 n.m. away.

Helm 2.
The plotter is also connected to the Simrad autopilot, to the primary DSC VHF radio and also sending GPS updates every 20 minuttes to 406 EPIRB mounted just inside
the companion way.

Double Trouble: This is Rhapsody and Cinnebar sharing a dock in Fort Lauderdale. Rhapsody seems to be carrying the draft of a cruising boat.

Midship cleats nicely added.

This one is an experiment on cutting a viewing port in the "storm-shutter" kind of
plexiglass panels protecting the real house windows on the CSY 33: Had to
make several of these clear round plexi pieces as they would crack when bent.
Finally had to use glue, then SS bolts and nuts.

Also mounted an compass on the inside so as to make this a poor-mans "Pilot House"
In bad weather and with the auto-pilot remote I can steer the boat from the inside.
As can be seen, the hatches and all the external fiberglass on the boat have gotten
some fresh gel-coat sprayed on.

In this shot, note the block added to the corner of the raised saloon roof for sheeting the staysail. It's a good lead and works well for this conversion.

While Dag is quite modest, I have to say, when I viewed Rhapsody, I was immediately impressed with the thought put into each and every mod and certainly, the detail and quality of work. (sorry Dag, I had to add that! :)

In the end, actually both ends(a pun), the anchoring systems have been modified too.

For the stern anchor, Rhapsody uses a Danforth mounted on the aft rail, within immediate reach of the helmsman and can be quickly deployed. This is a real safety measure. A length of chain and the anchor rode, is stored just inside the coaming and below, in a secure locker specially set up by Dag. If and when needed, the helmsman can get a stern anchor down and maybe save the day, or if sailing solo, has everything needed to handle his boat and secure it bow and stern. Nice!!

Not to be overlooked since it fits in so well you might not notice, is the nicely installed windlass and new Rocna anchor. Both of these seem to fit as if originally designed. The simplicity, is actually just beautiful. Form and function, hand in hand and certainly well executed.

A fine solution also for the spare anchor. Easy to reach Fortress is mounted on deck in custom blocks between the two hatches. Simple yet functional.

Originally Posted 11/28/08

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