We have a CSY 33 and Dag came up for the sea trial when I was looking at buying
it. I certainly don't regret buying
the boat. In fact, we had an addition to the crew last year and were seriously considering looking for a small catamaran
to handle a wee one. We went and looked at several Gemini's- mostly older boats. After comparing the amount of room in the salon
, the construction, the cost- we're keeping the CSY and are finishing a minor/major refit
In the 4 years that we have owned her we have had to reseal the chainplates, rebed the fixed windows, rebed the scuppers, reweld the bow and stern pulpit plates (last time we get to do that before new plates), replace the upper standing rigging
, have some work done on the rudder
, and of course hull and deck touchup. I recently finished stripping the teak
and resealed it with SEMCO- which I like the natural look and ease of maintenance
. I added a 3 reef fully battened main, pulled off the original pro-furl furler
and we are going retro to hank on sails
. We added a composting head
(airhead) which makes a world of difference for smell, but also adds a lot of storage
space under the V berth where the holding tank
We are planning on heading south for the winter by mid december, so we bit the bullet and are adding a diesel cabin
heater made by Toyoset (NS2800).
With the 100+ gals of fuel
capacity and 100+ gals of water- the boat is incredible for its size!
The 33's are a bargain right now. When you compare the structural durability, space, and cost. I don't know if you could find a better boat to spend time. My only complaint is they aren't appreciating in this market so I can one day sell mine in the long run and make a mint
nb- We also have crazing around the corners of the pilothouse and mast
. It's on the TODO list.