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Details about Imagine

Imagine was sold in Auckland, NZ in the summer of 2006.  The new owner was planning to head to Fiji that same season.

1980 CSY44 Center Cockpit Cutter


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Builder: Caribbean Sailing Yachts (Florida, USA)
Designer: Peter Schmitt
LOA: 44'
LWL: 36.4'
Beam: 13.25'
Displacement: 37,000 Lbs.
Draft: 6'
Ballast: 12,000 Lbs.

 Imagine was completely re-fit in 2004 in preparation for a 4+ year circumnavigation.  Engine, transmission, fuel tanks, fuel system, plumbing, batteries, electrical panel, primary cabling, windvane, sails, rigging, chainplates, lifelines, countertops, etc. etc were all replaced and upgraded. 

Exterior and construction

Imagine is constructed of solid FRP (no core to rot or delaminate in the hull or deck). She features a deep and secure center cockpit with large lazarettes.  Good protection from sun and rain provided by dodger and awning (new 2004).  Raised bulwarks forward plus taller than stock stanchions (new in 2004) with stainless top rail all around for excellent security on deck.  Stanchions are secured with 7/8” (23mm) studs through the hull to deck joint.  The hull to deck joint is screwed and throughbolted for excellent strength.  Large ground tackle and a powerful windlass make anchoring safe and easy.  There is a large aft deck lazarette for of line and anchor storage.  A stern arch supports solar panels, wind generator and radar antenna.  A Monitor windvane does the steering for you under sail and consumes no power.  All rigging, chainplates and lifeline stanchions are fabricated from 316 stainless for long life.

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The forward cabin consists of a large V-berth forward with shelves outboard, hanging locker aft and 7 drawers/tipouts aft and under, privacy door and forward head. Aft of the forward cabin on the port side is an walk-in shower (converted to storage -hanging locker and shelves)). To starboard is another locker with shelves

 The salon has a centerline 2-leaf table that easily seats 6 on L-shaped settee to port and a straight settee to starboard.  Storage below and behind settees.  

 Aft of the salon is an adjoining L-shaped galley that is equipped with a 4 burner stove & oven with broiler, double stainless steel sinks with hot & cold pressure water, salt water footpump, four drawers, more storage.  To starboard is the navigation area and a large refrigerator/freezer, cool storage and dry good storage.

 The master suite is located aft of the cockpit and has it’s own separate entrance allowing for total privacy. The master suite has a king-sized bed, storage for clothing, etc and its own separate head with a shower.

 10 bronze opening portlights, 15 opening portlights total. plus 7 opening deck hatches provide plenty of ventilation and light

We've had plenty of potluck dinners with 15-18 people on board.  Seating for 16 no problem!

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Perkins 4-236, 85hp (Installed 2004)

Cruising Speed: 6 Kts.

Fuel Consumption: 0.75g/hr (3 l/hr) at 5kn

Max Speed: ~8.5 Kts.

Transmission: Borg Warner, 2.91:1 reduction (rebuilt 2004)

Propeller: Autostream 24” 3 blade feathering (new 2004)

Racor 500FG fuel filter, electric transfer/polishing pump (new 2004)

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Fuel: 100 Gals. (400 l) aluminum tanks (new  2004)

Water: 400 Gals. (1600 l)

Holding: 22 Gals (88 l) (new 2004)

Water Heater: 12 Gals (48 l) aluminum / stainless

Propane/Butane: (2) 20lb aluminum bottles


New batteries, primary wiring, breaker panel, switches, busbars, alternator, etc.  in 2004 refit:

24 Blue Sea Systems circuit breaker 12V DC panel (new 2004)

1200 AH AGM Battery bank (new 2004)

Link 10 battery monitor (new 2004)

Wind generator – Fourwinds III

Solar Panels: (2) 80W Siemens, arch mounted (new 2004)

Charge controller for wind generator and solar panels, ammeter for same

12V refrigeration (new 2004).  Large fridge/freezer with new liner and extra insulation.  Super-efficient 12V Danfoss BD-50 compressor and watercooled condenser - consumes ~60AH/day in the tropics and easily keeps ice cream solid.  Plenty of extra capacity for large load freeze-downs.  R-134A refrigerant.


ICOM M710 SSB with ICOM AT130 tuner (HAM enabled) (New 2004)

Garmin GPS 75

Raymarine Bi-Data Depth, Speed, Water Temp (new 2004)

Uniden Oceanus DSC VHF (new 2004)

Raymarine 16 mile radar

Autohelm ST4000 autopilot

Kenwood Stereo/CD/MP3 player (new 2004)

Rigging / Sails

Aluminum mast and boom

Profurl furling for headsail (new 2004)

316SS rigging (new 2004) with Stayloc fittings

316L SS Chainplates (all 8 new 2004)

Club boom for staysail – self tacking, reefable.

Full batten mainsail (new 2004) – excellent cond.

140 Genoa – very good cond.

130 Genoa (heavy)- good cond.

Yankee – excellent cond.

Self tacking staysail – good cond.

Cruising Spinnaker (Asymetrical)

(2) Lewmar 48 ST primary winches           

(1) Lewmar 30 ST mainsheet winch

(2) Lewmar 16 two speed and (1) Lewmar 8 halyard winches (mast mounted)

(1) Lewmar 8 staysail winch

(1) Lewmar 8 reefing winch

Spinnaker pole (new 2004)


Monitor Windvane (new 2004)


66lb Claw primary anchor on bow roller (new 2004)

300ft 3/8” HT chain + 200ft Ύ” nylon rode

Lofrans Tigress electric windlass

33lb Danforth, 20ft 3/8” chain, 200ft Ύ” Nylon (stern anchor / spare)

300ft Sampson SuperStrong Ύ” nylon double braid (new) stored in bow (ready to deply via deckplate)

300ft Sampson SuperStrong Ύ” nylon double braid (new) hurricane line

(4) 10"x26" fenders with covers, (2) large extra fenders (new)

plenty of mooring and docklines, anti-chafing gear (stored in aft lazarette)

Safety Gear

406Mhz EPIRB (new 2004)


MOB pole

Horseshoe throwable

Flares – SOLAS Parachutes, handheld, meteor, pistols, smoke canisters, etc.

Survival Systems 4-man raft (valise, new 1997, expired inspection date)


Emergency rations

Other Gear/Equipment

10ft Zodiac Dinghy

8ft fiberglass sailing dinghy with extra floatation

4hp outboard

 rail mounts for 2 outboards


Magma LP Barbeque

outboard fuel tank,

Gasoline jerry cans

Diesel jerry cans

Flopper stopper


Prop puller

water filter


Spare fixed 3 blade prop

Engine spares and filters

3/8” and 5/16” rigging wire, terminal cones

Lots of line (running rigging, sheets and mooring)




Known Deficiencies

A minor list of item's to be done at the next haulout.

Needs bottom paint (it served us well for 2yrs, 10,000 miles), minor keel fairing

Rudder stuffing box should get new packing at next haulout

Ό” bronze bolts on some thruhulls need replacement or fill holes and screw from interior

Check prop shaft for straightness (and prop key fit) at next haulout

Recommend raising waterline 3” (to top of blue bootstripe) if loading for cruising



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Imagine is sturdily built of solid fiberglass.  Designed and built originally by and for the Carribean Sailing Yachts company as a charterboat, she's spacious, easy to maintain and extremely tough.  


Construction Specifications  (PDF)

We completely refit all systems:

Replaced engine with 85hp Perkins 4.236
New engine instrument panel
New aluminum fuel tanks (2x 50 gal)
New standing and running rigging (316 wire)
Upsized cutter stay to 5/16" and added tension rod to transmit loads to stem
New 316L chainplates (all 8), changed shroud chainplates to external
New mainsail (MACK sails), replaced genoa and yankee
Mast steps to spreaders, plus 2 at masthead
Lazy jacks
Spinnaker pole
New stanchions - 3" taller and with stainless top rail 
Stern arch incorporating aft rails, radar and wind generator poles, (2) 80W solar panels
New Monitor windvane (self steering)
Replaced stove/oven with 4 burner Force 10
New electrical panel (Blue Sea Systems), relocated to new nav center
New primary (high current) wiring, switches and systems
New batteries (1200AH AGM), relocated 900AH under cabin sole
New depthsounder / knotlog
New nav center behind refer/freezer - includes AC and DC breaker panels, ICOM M710 SSB, Pactor modem, DSC capable VHF, MP3/CD deck, LINK10 battery monitor/AH meter, barometer, second depthsounder/knotmeter
New 12V refrigeration system (Danfoss BD50 compressor, water cooled condenser, roll-bond aluminum evaporator)
Added insulation and new interior liner to refer/freezer
Removed (2) 3/4" and (2) 2" thruhulls - ran (4) cockpit drains above waterline to reduce underwater hull penetrations 
Converted walk-in shower to shelving and hanging locker
New freshwater plumbing
Partitioned anchor locker for 2 seperate rodes (300ft chain primary, 400ft 3/4" Nylon secondary).  Modified so 1/2 of chain rode stows under V-berth to get weight lower and aft
 New holding tank (22gal)
Shelves in aft cabin "kids rooms" (thanks Jim!)

Details of many of the projects can be seen by following the "Boat Projects" link at the left.

All the hard work has paid off.  Look below to see "Imagine" in action, at anchor and alongside friends.


A sailor rarely gets to see their own boat underway. However, now that most folks have digital cameras, we're able to snap pictures of other boats and then trade them in the next port.  

Wing and wing down the coast, Kellie hunkers down in the bean bag chair.  
A cruising boat is easily identified by all the gear strapped to the deck.
The bean bag chair is one of our largest items on board and worth every inch.


Sunset in Baja.                                                     Sunset in the Northwest.


Sometimes in very calm anchorages we "raft up."  Two boats hang off one anchor and tie together along one side.  The kids beg to raft up with Wyndeavor so they an jump back and forth to play.  On Isla Espiritu Santu (near La Paz), the weather was settled and all four grown ups even got some time together after the kids were all in bed.  A rare treat. 

View from half way up the mast.

Forward cabin

Starboard settee

The galley