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  1. Winston29

    I sold my 14.2 today. =~[

    Well, it’s done and she’s headed to her new home in Sebastopol, Ca. Considering all the time and money I’ve invested (DUMPED) in this boat, I took a MASSIVE financial hit on the sale, but I’m glad to see it go. It was a great boat, but I just wasn’t using it, and it had the unpleasant habit of...
  2. Winston29

    Do you protect the sides of your boat from the sun?

    My 14.2 sits in the sun all day long. Should I worry about the sun damaging the sides of the boat or the gel coat? It has a cover on the top, but the rest is wide open. I did find this bottom cover at SLO Sail & Canvas for $216, but it requires that you hoist the boat into the air to...
  3. Winston29

    I fear if I want to sail, I'm going to have to get a different boat.

    I love my 14.2, but as I age, I find my already "dodgy back" just isn't up to the challenge that sailing a dinghy creates.... Hiking-out is completely out of the question! Heck, sometimes (often), just sitting on the rail or bench for too long is enough to set off my back and ruin my life for a...
  4. Winston29

    Do I need a mussel inspection sticker?

    I just got the new registration stickers for my dinghy, and noticed they came with muscle inspection stickers, to be applied next to the registration. The thing is, I only use the boat in salt water, and I’m pretty sure zebra mussels don’t live in salt water. Am I required to adhere the muscle...
  5. Winston29

    Cheap, quick, DIY navigation lights.

    I picked up some small, cheap, battery operated LED lights from Amazon and got them on the Capri today. They're not perfect, and they don't get very good reviews related to water resistance, but I think (hope) they'll work for my intended purpose. The idea is to have something to keep me at...
  6. Winston29

    How slow can you go?

    I'm just curious what the least amount of wind you've been able to successfully sail your Capri 14.2 in has been? What I mean is, enough wind that it didn't just come to a stop in the water and you were able to tack. When I first got my Mod2, I read that the boat wasn't intended for anything...
  7. Winston29

    Do you sail in the dark?

    I mean just for fun on your favorite local waters. More than once, and just this Tuesday in fact, the promised 15mph winds didn't materialize until the sun was going down behind the local hills. If I had navigation lights on my C-14.2, I would have launched anyway and not worried about how...
  8. Winston29

    How do you run your jib sheets when shorthanded?

    Or do you? I realize it's a small boat. I asked this question over on SailingAnarchy, and got ridiculed for "asking too many questions". Too many question on a sailing forum?? I thought that was what sailing forums, and all forums, were for! Well, that and posting photos of your toys...
  9. Winston29

    So what's the issue with sailing in the winter?

    I mean besides the cold weather and possible rain. Here in the SF Bay Area, where we have what is universally known as a "Mediterranean Climate", we really don't have seasons. At least not seasons like the vast majority of the US does. Here we're spoiled with mild weather, occasional rainy...
  10. Winston29

    Installing a "$tingy Sailor" self-tacking jib.

    Has anyone tried this system? How to Rig a Self-Tacking Jib for Free! I'd be installing it on a 15' day sailor/dinghy and would use the existing jib cars, cleats and fairleads to secure it, along with a few extra fairleads to guide the bridle in the right direction. I'd probably use both...
  11. Winston29

    Does your mast stick straight up?

    I know this sounds like a silly (stupid?) question, but just yesterday I noticed that the mast on my 14.2 seems to lean slightly forward. Most boats I see have their mast leaning slightly to the rear, if at all. Catamarans, especially, seem to have a pretty steep rearward rake. I recently put...
  12. Winston29

    I made my first ever YouTube (sailing) video today! Woo Hoo!!

    I know that probably sounds pretty lame. I'm going to be 54 in November and I've owned SmartPhones for years, but I'm only just now making a YT video. :p :rolleyes: It's not much, just a 30 second test to see what my new sails look like on the boat........ But it's a start, and I plan to get...
  13. Winston29

    Have you ever tried loosening these 2 screws on your 14.2's mast?

    I'm curious if they lower the gooseneck/boom, or if they're fixed and designed to mount something to.... Like maybe a bracket for a whisker-pole. I'm asking because I'm not at the boat, and I won't have a chance to be until the weekend. Otherwise I'd just loosen them and find out for...
  14. Winston29

    Does your 14.2 have a "Shelf-Foot" mainsail?

    By "Shelf-Foot" I mean that the foot of the sail has extra material, below the bolt-rope, that leaves it baggy at the bottom/foot. It actually folds over itself when running into the wind. The idea, I'm told, is that when sailing downwind in light air, the sail will have more camber and...
  15. Winston29

    Got my new, custom sails! What a difference!

    Hallelujah!! No more hideous, dated, bagged-out, "Barbie Dreamboat" sails for me! I got my new sails on last night. What a fantastic difference! I can't wait to see how it feels on the water. I've included a before and after photo, just to show what an amazing difference new sailcloth makes...
  16. Winston29

    Anyone put a Tiller Tamer or Tiller Clutch on their dinghy?

    This question is for people with dinghies less than 16' in length. I ask because the website for the manufacturer of the Tiller Clutch, WaveFront Marine, says it's designed for boats a little larger than my C-14.2. That has me wondering if it's because shorter boats don't tend to track as...
  17. Winston29

    Did you name your Capri?

    When I was little, my dad had a real POS, wooden trailer-sailor that was such a pig, he named it the "Sea Cow". He didn't live long enough to actually put the name on the transom, but we all knew what it was called. Eventually the boat deteriorated and was crushed at the local landfill. Now...
  18. Winston29

    Why is this sub-forum so dead? Where are all the 14.2 owners??

    If you go back a few years to the archived threads, you'll find this was a pretty lively sub-forum, with all kinds of helpful advice and fun stories. What happened? Did all those 14.2 owners outgrow their boats and move on?? It's a graveyard here. :( Personally, I've got so much time and...
  19. Winston29

    Eliminating the traveler?

    Has anyone tried eliminating the traveler on the 14.2 and just running blocks between the Barney Post and the boom, like most sailboats do? I'd love to do away with the traveler all together, but I'm not sure if the Barney Post mounts could handle the entire load placed on them by the...
  20. Winston29

    Do I need a trapeze ring with a block?

    It seems like most boats I see have a hoist-ring with a block (pulley) on them, but some dinghies, like the C420, don't. This makes me wonder if that's because a lot of Club 420's are crewed by young kids who don't weigh enough to warrant having a 2:1 ratio on the trap line. I weigh in at...
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