All I need is a hitch

Discussion in 'Capri/Catalina 14 Talk' started by regularman, Jun 20, 2011.

  1. regularman

    regularman New Member

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    Attempting to combine two hobbies.
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  2. SHNOOL

    SHNOOL Member

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    Dude I did that with a mid sized car, chevy malibu...

    I strongly recommend against towing the capri with an MG!

    My malibu was a gutless 4cyl, modern tranny, and a pretty heavy car. It got 8.9 mpg going up a mountain towing the capri!

    Real tow vehicle, I am hoping your post is tongue in cheek.
     
  3. Allatoona

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    I have a Miata and a Tahoe. I tow with the Tahoe, but I have seen a lot of people towing with their Miata(on the Miata forum I read). I think you could find a hitch or have someone fabricate one for you. As long as you get the tongue weight right and don't do anything stupid, it should be ok for towing.

    I would strongly recommend you find an MG newsgroup/forum and ask others of their towing knowledge. Find out what kind of weight limits they have run into.

    -Robert
    1989 Catalina Capri 14.2
    1984 Catalina 22
     
  4. c14_Dan

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    WOW, next to your MG the C14 looks big!
     
  5. regularman

    regularman New Member

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    Wow, I usually tow my capri 14 with a 4 cylinder ranger pickup truck and get about 25mpg. That boat and trailer are feather light and very aerodynamic.
     
  6. SHNOOL

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    Aero <> hydro

    Um Ranger <> MG.. isn't just 4cyl, it is suspension, gearing and the like. Yeah my 4cyl ranger could tow probably #2500...

    My malibu was rated #1000, and I am betting the MG is rated #1000 too, but I wouldn't want to tray it.

    As many have pointed out, it isn't the weight that is really the problem, it is the SIZE. The capri 14 will stick up about 2 feet higher than the MG, and provide massive wind resistance. Aerodynamic? As a brick maybe. Proper term is "hydrodynamic" from the bottom only. Again, not a good idea.
     
  7. JoeB

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    Midget towing a 14.2!

    Just wanted to say you're a brave man! I had a good laugh when I saw your photo in the Capri forums. I owned a '72 Midget, same color too, (sold it while ago - mid '90's), but I still own the Capri 14.2, sailing on Saratoga Lake since '88. Great boat and fun car - best of luck with both!

    BTW, did someone bow you trunk lid? Seemed a common occurrence with that locking lid support!
     
  8. rboswrth

    rboswrth New Member

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    all I need is the motor mount

    what is and where did you get the motor mount?
     
  9. regularman

    regularman New Member

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    Sorry, I don't have a good picture of the mount for the motor on the boat. I made the mount myself with some aluminum and a tig welder. I didn't want an electric motor with the battery to deal with and a sure as heck didn't want an motor mounted right to the stern and interfering with the Traveler and making something else for lines to hang on.
    I made a mount that uses an old short shaft motor(antique 1948). I usually just use it to get out from the dock and then once under sail, shut the gas off and let it run til it quits and then kick it up so it clears the water.
    Its kicked up in this picture. It was about 6 years ago on July 4th (the flag) and somebody took this picture. Mount weighs about 3 pounds and the motor about 15 or so.
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  10. regularman

    regularman New Member

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    I was just downstairs looking at something else and grabbed the camera.
    This is the mount I made and the old motor I used. The motor is old but simple and very faithful. It was made long before recoil starters, so I have to carry the starter rope with a knot in it in my life jacket pocket.
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    The mount has stick on rubber coating on the inside so it doesn't scratch the stern and I epoxied a small stainless steel plate on back for the rubber feet on the mount to rest on lower down. The mount keeps the motor out of the way and still handy if a storm comes up quickly.
     
  11. regularman

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    I don't have time now but sometime soon I will some of the other stuff I have homemade for the boat. I went kind of nuts there for a while.
     
  12. rboswrth

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    hey thanks,

    I have a little electric motor. I need to motor out of the docks here on the Cheasapeake, but then it's in the way.

    I'm planning on putting the battery in the hold and running the cables back through the bilge to a couple of connectors.

    I have fond memories of a friend's midge running the "thank you mam's" in north jersey and we actaully had all four wheels in the air while steering into the next curve in the road.
     

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