C14.2 as motor boat

Discussion in 'Capri/Catalina 14 Talk' started by jarango, Jul 16, 2008.

  1. jarango

    jarango New Member

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    I would like to get some input with regards to using the C-14.2 as a motor boat (without sails). I am making a motor mount that can be placed in the middle of the transom without having to remove the pintle/gudgeons. I'd like to put a gas motor in it every once in a while to take the family out for small trips or to go finishing.

    Is the capri maneurable as a gas motor boat ? Will the hull get flooded too much through the center board opening?


    SHNOOL Member

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    Turning a class racing sailboat into a Stink Pot? Geesh

    No seriously... I wouldn't think it to be a huge problem. But I would keep the HP down, to 4hp or below. The transom (sp?) was just not designed for anything with too much thrust.

    I use a 36lb thrust electric motor on my capri. With no headwind, she scoots along at nearly 5 knots. Of course it is offset, and I steer with the rudder, and doesn't mount on the gudeons, like you propose.

    The 4hp 4 strokes from tohatsu, honda, and mercury, are light, in the 30-40lb range... but I really think that'd be pushing such a small craft, and certainly would put a strain on the fiberglass.
  3. fan

    fan Member

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    It won't have good stability due to the round bottom. It also will track funny trying to crab. That said, it will float and the motor will push it. I wouldn't hang too much of a motor on the transome as the boat was designed a sail boat. Check with the builder (Catalina Yachts in CA) for their answer. Good luck!

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