Keel vs. Centerboard?

Discussion in 'Capri/Catalina 14 Talk' started by Unregistered, Jun 30, 2004.

  1. Unregistered

    Unregistered Guest

    Can anyone tell me about the Capri 14.2 Keel variation? How does it compare with the Centerboard boat? I don't have a slip or mooring, so I'd be trailering the boat. Is it that difficult to launch and retrieve? Isn't it a much more stable boat?
     
  2. Jack McCollum

    Jack McCollum New Member

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    The C14.2K is much more stable to sail but not nearly as responsive as the c/board model. Even though they should both sail at the same top speed theoretically, I've noticed that in actual sailing conditions it isn't difficult to sail right past a keel model.

    The keel is about two feet deeper than the bottom of the boat so it would be difficult to launch from a trailer. Plus it adds a couple of hundred pounds to the boat. That is why most people buy the c/b boat if they have to keep it up on dry land.

    I've sailed both and I can tell you the 14.2K may be easier to keep upright but it is no fun to sail once you've been in a 14.2 centerboard boat.
     

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