The CSY Guide to Buying a Yacht is a 125-page color illustrated marketing tool used to market CSY sailboats directly to prospects, without going through a geographically-distributed network of yacht salesmen or brokers. In this manner, their commission was eliminated in the channel of distribution, and could allow a more aggressive pricing for the boats and a higher profit for CSY Yachts.
In Chapter 2, Peter Schmitt, the designer, wrote about his design philosophy. Below is his one-page explanation:
By Peter Schmitt, CSY Chief Designer
comment: lf there is a more confusing area of misinformation in the sailing
field than the advantages and disadvantages of light displacement versus heavy
displacement yachts; of the racer versus the cruiser versus the
cruiser-racer; well, we don't know what it is.
We asked our designer, Peter Schmitt, to try, in his own words, to
define what a cruising yacht is and what it is not. We think you will find his
discussion thought-provoking and enlightening—we did, so we printed it
easy to design a fast boat, it's easy to design an attractive boat, and it's
easy to design a roomy boat ... but to design a fast, attractive, roomy boat
is another matter altogether, and that to me is what good cruising boat design
is all about.
There is no excuse whatsoever for a cruising sailboat that is not
performance-oriented and therefore, having boat speed on all points of sail,
stability, and maneuverability, which are all of the primary importance.
These components of performance will only result from a well-designed
underbody consisting of the canoe body and the keel and rudder appendages.
The canoe body must have the necessary volume to provide the best
accommodations possible and support at a predetermined flotation line the
entire weight of the vessel, yet ... at the same time, the lines of the canoe
body must be as sweet and fair as possible to give the minimum amount of
resistance to the water flowing past the hull.
The keel and rudder are the appendages that contribute the most to windward
The keel must have enough internal volume to contain the necessary
ballast for self-righting stability at all angles of heel for the chosen
Its fore and aft location is extremely important to the steering
qualities of the vessel and its shape must provide a highly efficient,
aerodynamic lifting surface to resist the side forces of the sails.
In addition to its function of being able to provide complete steering control
in any type of sea condition, the rudder should also act as a hydrofoil
providing side force lift.
It is my own belief, that a balanced rudder, attached to a full span
skeg of adequate size, located as far aft on the underbody as possible,
provides the optimum steering control for a cruising boat.
It is a known fact that a rudder with a skeg will be more efficient at
higher degrees of rudder angle than a rudder without a skeg.
Positioning the skeg well aft contributes to a more efficient lateral
plane, thus making a better tracking vessel.
In addition, the use of a skeg allows the placement of a heavy, cast
bronze gudgeon at the lower end of the skeg to support the rudder stock.
This places the stress on the rudder stock in the form of torsion only,
and not torsion and bending as it is when a rudder without a skeg is used.
Another appendage of the underbody that is not found in
many cruising boats, but
is used on all of CSY's boats is what I call the propeller skeg.
This skeg is molded integral with the hull shell and contains the stern
tube and propeller shaft bearing.
Its primary function is to act as a shroud to protect the lower
propeller blade tips from debris.
An additional function is that it is a much stronger method of
captivating the propeller shaft and stern bearing. Whereas the normally used
bronze strut can loosen in time from shaft vibration and is subject to damage,
the solid rigid structure of the molded skeg can never fail.
Perhaps the word heard most often during the design of a boat is the word
And compromise we must!
There are so many compromises made to a boat when it is on the drawing
board that it is impossible to keep track of them.
There are, however, three specific areas of a vessel that can never be
compromised, as far as I'm concerned.
These are the hull structure; the rig and rigging; and the steering
A failure of the auxiliary engine or the electrical system is an inconvenience
to be sure, but the vessel is still intact and seaworthy.
But ... to have a failure of the hull structure, the rig, or the
steering system - an occurrence which will most likely take place in heavy
weather conditions - will place the vessel in immediate jeopardy.
Fiberglass construction is a wonderful material for building a boat. The basic
fibers which make up the glass fabric are among the strongest structural
elements known to man.
No other boat construction material gives us the freedom of design, the
added interior volume due to the lack of frames, or the rot-free, worm proof,
easily-maintained hull shell.
I suspect that when most people buy a fiberglass sailboat, they take it for granted that the hull laminate is carefully and painstakingly laid up and that the hull laminate is of adequate thickness to provide water-tight integrity under the most adverse conditions. Unfortunately this is not always the case. Each builder buys his resin and glass by the pound and it is one of the few areas in fiberglass boat construction where he can skimp on materials and labor, save money, and hide it from a buyer. No matter how it is constructed, in actual sailing conditions each boat must endure the same repetitive cycles of heavy stresses, the magnitude of which increases exponentially with the size of the vessel.