Since no one has mentioned the CSY
(Caribbean Sailing Yachts) 44, I will.
These were built in the late 70's and early 80's... about 300 of them built. The company was created to build them for Caribbean
Sailing Yacht's charter
fleet... because CSY
couldn't find a builder
to build with the quality that the CSY owner (Jack van Ost) required. (the first few were built by Irwin
and were crap).
I know there is one for sail in the Rio Dulce of Guatemala
for about $60K and another one in Panama
. Both are great places to start cruising from!
In better condition they command up to about $120K. One in primo condition just sold
for about $120K,
There were 4 different 44 models made (a fishing
boat, a Pilot House Ketch
, a center cockpit
'walk over', and a center cockpit
'walk through'). There were also 2 drafts to chose from 'shoal draft' at about 5' and 'full draft' at about 6.5 feet.
The company went out of business as a boat manufacturer in about 1980 because they couldn't sell them for what it cost to build them, and Jack van Ost refused to skimp on quality.
The CSY Owners have made a website to share information and ideas. They also have some 'for sale' listings there. At least one boat is for charter
in the Caribbean
(a GREAT way to check out whether the boat is really for you), and there is one 1/11th share for sale
in a boat that I think is in the Caribbean.
Welcome to the CSY Owners' Group
It is definitely a better/stronger cruising boat than an Out Island 41 (in my humble opinion), with much more pleasing lines. And the full draft
model can easily outsail an OI.
We have a CSY 44 Walkthrough. We are currently in Ecuador
, on our way around the world. You can see pictures on our website. And also some of the 'upgrades' that we have done on our boat, to get ready for our adventure.
Good luck on your quest!
Whatever you do... go cruising now! (none of us are getting any younger!)