My son (12) and I have taken a few sailing lessons (in Laser boats), which we have really enjoyed. We also have a couple of friends with small sailboats. So I started looking at boats that would be good to learn on, and not cost a lot of money. The next thing you know, I own a nice Capri 14.2 (1988, Mod 1, Hull 1930). The main sail is new, but the jib is original (and has two taped tears). Various rigging needs to be replaced. The boat came on a nice galvanized trailer. I paid $1400, which might be a bit high (but I am not looking back). Here are my questions... Mast-head bracket was through-bolted, bent, and loose. Wood beneath does not seem to be rotten and gel/fiberglass are fine. Have read a few threads about mast-head issues in this forum. Bracket will be straightened or replaced. Which of these fixes sounds the best...? Upsize to #8 screws and put it back together. Drill and fill with epoxy and dowel-plug or match-sticks. Re-drill and secure with #10 screws. Do plan (B) and use longer screws that go into a backing board (hardwood, or composite decking). I will replace the shrouds as they look weathered/rusted. Forestay shroud looks good to me. Should I replace it anyway? Shroud spreaders have made minor indentations on the mast. Should I be concerned, and if so what can be done? Previous owner had spray-painted registration numbers (which I hope to remove). I have not tried anything yet. Considering acetone or goof-off. Suggestions here? Hull: Overall the hull seems to be in great shape. No cracks or obvious repairs. Finish is mostly dull (but not chalky or faded). Should I polish it, or just try to give it a wax? Any product suggestions here? Also, what can be done to treat the textured parts on the fore-deck and seats? I plan to replace many of the lines and will have some questions that I hope you can help me with. Separate post coming about lines. Thanks for any answers/suggestions you can provide. I plan to ready the boat, then start sailing in light winds. Controlled capsize drills will be part of it. I will also lean on our experienced friends (and offer to crew for them). I can't wait, and my son is pretty jazzed about it also. Thanks again!