As kdub said previously, capsizing is a reality.
I always secure all my bags, coolers etc I carry on.
Where I sail, I have only 3 meters depth, so if I'm not quick enough in recovering the boat, the mast will stuck in the mud. Not funny, as i need then to rotate the boat so the current help...
I´m using a Garmin GPS Handheld, give you maps, speeds, bearing etc, and it's waterproof. I really like it, mine is an older version but the new ones are USB compatible to downloads your trips. I will not buy an expensive speedometer, a GPS give me more.
When some of you are thinking in storing your boat for winter, I'm enjoying good weather to take my boat on the lake. I'm lucky, I know.
I just buy a GoPro camera and take it out for the first time last week end. I went with a colleague (second time on the boat), my son and his friend.
Well, yesterday was not a good day!
For the first time since I have my boat (remember that I restore an abandoned Capri 14.2 see post http://www.capri14.org/forum/phenomenal-day-t2117.html) the wind was a sustain 12 -15 knts from SE, and also some waves, so I was exiting.
It was the first time...
If you have a good jib sock material, who can block the UV and let the jib to breath without any condensation / humidity, there is no problem at all.
Another advantage is that you are sailing in fresh water, that help also.
I'm sailing in the Mexican gulf, and salt is a problem if you...
I never leave my sails outside. i always store them in a dry place. Humidity and UV destroy the sails slowly. I recommend you to take the 10 min in raising down and store your sails in a dry space. If you sail on salt water, don't forget to wash them with clean water and let them dry...
Today I decide to give a look on those plastic bags inside the hull to see if there was in good shape. Surprise :mad: 5 of 10 had some holes, some small ones, but 2 bags where very damaged. That means that my boat was nos unsinkable. So, if you never check them, I think it's a good idea to give...
Sorry for the confusion, I will make the conversion the next time I wrote about speed.
As Promise, here are some photos of my restored Capri.
The photos where taken on a very calm day, 4 knots of winds max.