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    Best type of anchor

    forgot to mention the 100 foot of rope is because the anchor needs to be parallel as possible to the lake bottom. Even with chains and weights to get this angle you need a lot of rope. The guy in the store said it was a 4:1 ratio or something like that. In 10 feet of water you need 40 feet of...
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    Best type of anchor

    I bought an anchor a few weeks ago at west marine. They have a chart for the size anchor compared to your boat. The Capri puts you into the second from the smallest garplin anchor they have. I think its 5 lbs. The anchor is just 25% of the cost of the set up. You need 100 feet of rope, a 5...
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    Upgrade or Downgrade?

    Here's a picture. You can just make out the 2 pulleys hanging on the boom. The rope goes down to a pulley about 2 times the size of those two pulleys then through clam cleats (the big pulley is attached to the big center black bracket bolted to the floor at the tail end of the centerboard. I...
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    Upgrade or Downgrade?

    My boat that I recently bought came with what the previous owner called an upgrade. The traveler and all it's parts were removed from boat. In its place I have 2 pulleys on the boom. Is this an upgrade or a downgrade? I have less lines to worry about but is the full potential of my boat...
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    cracks at mast bracket

    My forestay got loose at the dock and the mast broke off the step last week during vacation. Only one screw pulled all the way through although my mast was entirely down. The screws have dime size washers on the end and the washer pulled through the wood making a dime size hole. That's the...
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    Rudder Won't Stay Down 85' Capri

    I put some heat on it with a butane torch and it finally loosened up. I couldn't find a pin so I ordered the part from Catalina Yachts. The pin now comes welded onto the bolt. Everything is working well now. Thanks all for advice. Happy sailing.
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    Rudder Won't Stay Down 85' Capri

    Rudder Won't Stay Down That's what I'm missing. That's exactly what my hardware looks like minus the pin. I tried putting a nail in there like you suggested but it wasn't quite thick enough and was sheered off when I tried to move the handle. The piece of nail shot across the garage. To...
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    Rudder Won't Stay Down 85' Capri

    I just bought a 85 capri #486. Sailed it the last two weeks in a row and love it! I have one issue with it though. The rudder won't stay down for any length of time and my son is getting tired of holding it down. I've tried to tighten or loosen the bolt but it won't budge. I see a small...
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