Boat Modifications

Discussion in 'Capri/Catalina 14 Talk' started by Josh_Hayes, Mar 14, 2004.

  1. Josh_Hayes

    Josh_Hayes New Member

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    What type of modifications have you done to your boat?

    What type of mods would you recommend to get the best out of your sailing experience?

    What commericial modifications are available?

    Do you have any ideas, plans, or pictures of home-built mods?

    Have any modification stories, experiences, or warnings to share with others?
     
  2. regularman

    regularman New Member

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    I think that depends on whether you are going to be racing or daysailing. There are rules against many mods for racing. Many of the things you can do for ease of use for cruising around like a furler or reefing might take the edge off your boat if you were going to race her. I'm not a racer , so I don't know much about that. I have made several mods to make life easier for daysailing, but I never did any that couldn't be undone if I ever did want to race her. Tell us all about your boat and what you entend to use her for.:)
     
  3. paulsheller

    paulsheller Administrator Staff Member

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    And also tell us what model you have. There are some modifications that are specific to the model.
     
  4. Josh_Hayes

    Josh_Hayes New Member

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    I own a Model 1, Hull # 958.
     
  5. Larry Conrad

    Larry Conrad New Member

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    I replaced my Mod 2 Cubitaner with a sealed, teak hatch door. (Picture attached)
     

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  6. Larry Conrad

    Larry Conrad New Member

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    Here is the hatch door open showing place for ropes, registration, etc.
     

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  7. Josh_Hayes

    Josh_Hayes New Member

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    Larry,

    Are the lines used to raise/lower the centerboard on your boat factory or have you modified them to run along the footboard? I have patched screw holes where you have a block. My lines go through two blocks then around and down the center of the cockpit parallel to the centerboard and attach to the barney post at two cam cleats. I have a 3rd edition manual which I believe is for a newer model hull, and what I have is pictured in the manual. Is this a difference between the Mod 1 and 2's?
     
  8. Josh_Hayes

    Josh_Hayes New Member

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    Is it possible to replace the Mod 1's teak parts with their Mod 2 & 3 fiberglass counterparts? For example the spray rail
     
  9. Larry Conrad

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    Since taking the picture, I relocated the lines to the center because I single hand mostly. Since there are fewer blocks in the path of the line, the centerboard seems to work better as well. I like the new method (center) better
     
  10. regularman

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    You did a wonderful job with that wood Larry, Its looks put mine to shame. :) Josh, I have done the cuddy conversion as well, installed roller furling, a boomkicker, mains'l reefing, mast flotation, a motor mount, and several little things just to make things a little more enjoyable for me.
     
  11. Dave Lilley

    Dave Lilley New Member

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    In the first picture posted above by Larry, there are two holes on either side of the cubby on the front of the seats. On my boat, there is a bungee type cord that runs between the two, which also loops under the hiking straps. What is its purpose, other than to make it difficult to open and close the cubby hatch ?

    Thanks,
    Dave
     
  12. c14_Rudy

    c14_Rudy New Member

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    Dave,

    I think the bungee under the hiking straps is to raise the hiking straps and make it easier to stick your feet under them as you hike out. I have them same holes in mine. Anyone have suggestions on whether I should plug them or how?

    Rudy
     
  13. Dave Lilley

    Dave Lilley New Member

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    If that's all there for, then I am moving the cord down (two new holes), and using MarineTex to fill the old holes. I want to hinge the new cubby door I'm building, similiar to the way Larry did his.

    Dave
     
  14. Dave Lilley

    Dave Lilley New Member

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    Here's my new cubby door. I made it from Taco Marine Wood (synthetic, and guaranteed not to rot) I still haven’t added the teak back on, even though it looks really good since I refinished it.
     

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  15. Larry Conrad

    Larry Conrad New Member

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    Jib Car

    Some people take part the Jib Car to cut off the knurled knob. Here is a quick and dirty way to keep the jib sheet from getting tangled without cutting any hardware. Make a small collar. Mine is of wood, but other materials will do just fine.
     

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  16. Larry Conrad

    Larry Conrad New Member

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    Battery Charger

    My Capri 14.2 sits on a trailer at the club during the week. There is no electricity around so I mounted a solar battery charger to refresh teh battery. Here is a solar battery charger mounted on the stern. It removes easily for sailing
     

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  17. rjsailnsd

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    Hi Larry.
    Nice mod to the jib car. What kind of wood did you use?
     
  18. rjsailnsd

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    Other than moving the holes, you can remove the bungee and bolt a small stainless eye into each hole. Then just use a bungee cord with hooks with hooking through the eye bolts. Unhook it when you want ot get in the fore peak and when your boats not in use. You'll never wear another bungee out in that application.
     
  19. Dave Lilley

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    That's a good idea. I will do that instead.

    Thanks for the suggestion,
    Dave
     
  20. Larry Conrad

    Larry Conrad New Member

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    I had some teak so I used it but other hardwoods should also last for years.
     

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