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    Coastal/ Gulf sailing on a 14.2

    From Chicago but I've been going to the SE Louisiana area since the early 80's for visits. Weather's about the same as in Gulf Shores. I've been there a few times also and it's beautiful. One thing I can say about the summers down there is they are HOT and HUMID! Also tend to be rather windless...
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    New (Excited!!!) 14.2 Owner

    First and foremost do a review of all the wooden structural members. If the boat was immersed for a while you could have some decay issues. Check out my post about the failure of the mast support beam, cost me a pretty penny to get that fixed. Otherwise the sailing days for my Capri would have...
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    mast float

    A few of my posts show how I mount my Baby Bob. A custom bracket makes it simple to use. Sporty days I put it on. Never have dumped her yet. Got the bottom rail submerged enough to get water in the cockpit once but if you let the boat go where it wants and shift your weight properly she will...
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    Save The mistress!

    OK there's the way my system works. See the thin white line that runs through the hanks, you pull against the halyard to drag down the jib, also keep some tension on one of the sheet lines, this will prevent the sail from getting wet. I pull it into a tube and put a few ties on, then it's...
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    Restoring a 14.2 fixed keel

    Interesting differences between fixed and swing keel models! Pros' to the swing (which I have): Easy to trailer and launch. Low profile makes it easier to access cockpit when on the trailer, also lower profile makes for better storage scenarios in residential areas. Now I've heard that it points...
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    Save The mistress!

    Yep gotta give my boat tech credit for that idea. Like I said, he was super pricey, but worth it. A new Capri 14.2 would probably cost about $5k, so I'm still $$ ahead!
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    Lake Opeka!

    Yep the wind can be fickle! Here's how I deal with that: **When no wind I take an easy cruise using my trolling motor. Usually put up my canopy over the boom for shade. Also drop anchor and take a swim, using my stern boarding ladder for access. Also not ashamed to take a nap! **When winds are...
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    Save The mistress!

    So a while back had a disaster with Capri (I call her my mistress!). Mast support beam cracked, just enough to drop mast about 1/4". Was sailing under sporty conditions, lots of strain on the rigging! Discovered that the wood was moist and deteriorating. Saw another thread where similar...
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    Lake Opeka!

    Heard through the rumor mill there may be a new Capri owner in the Chicago area that was interested in visiting my home port of Lake Opeka in Des Plaines, Il. We're just a stones' throw north of O'Hare airport. I'll be sailing there this upcoming Saturday PM in case anybody wants to chat, I've...
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    sitting on gunwale or seat

    Some points of interest.... **See that post with the footage marks, I'm sure that's for flood monitoring. I recall on of the locals said that this is a flood reservoir, so if that happens sailing is a no-no. **On those hot and windless days I enjoy dropping anchor and soaking in the cool water...
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    sitting on gunwale or seat

    Yep I'm 193 lb, still strong and agile enough to use that gut to my advantage when sailing. Now I'm still wondering about the launch ramp deal, depth of the lake, etc. See my post from above. Also about water quality and length of the season. The climate's a lot warmer than what we have here in...
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    sitting on gunwale or seat

    I'm pretty familiar with Creve Cour. So you just drop the boat in and climb into boat from the water? Both ramps I saw had no dock next to launch ramps. Just jagged concrete walls with rusty bolts sticking out. Is that lake safe to swim in? On my lakes up here I drop anchor and jump in on hot...
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    sitting on gunwale or seat

    I'm always in the seat but ready to gunwale it with hiking straps in a split second as needed. Now I had considered moving to the St Louis area but found the opportunities to enjoy Capri down there to be limited at best. Creve Cour was a decent sized lake but had terrible launching facilities...
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    Disaster!

    I've got a competent boat repair guy on board. His first idea was to run a stainless pipe up, resting on the wood center strip and up to a junction point where it would support the mast. Cutting out the rotted wood as needed. That would cause minimal restoration work but has a few issues. First...
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    Looking For Good Home!

    Nice looking boat! If you want to stop by Opeka to chat let's set up a time.
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    Disaster!

    Winds were in the 5-15 knot range. Hiked out, going fast, heard a cracking sound. When back on trailer noticed that the shrouds were super loose. Then my guts churned when I saw that the main support beam for mast had cracked. Lifted up a piece of fiberglass and dug a fingernail into wet, rotted...
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    Looking For Good Home!

    Opeka is a wonderful place and there's plenty of spots available! Let's meet out there sometime, I could show you the ropes. I've been there 5 years now!
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    Looking For Good Home!

    My home port is at Lake Opeka, in DesPlaines, Il. Just a stone's throw from O'Hare field. See the pic, this Mod 2 Capri's been sitting there untouched for the second year. I'm willing to bet the owner might part with it for a very reasonable price. It's a diamond in the rough, just like my beat...
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    Stern Holes

    Only issue is when you're launching or sitting at the very back of the boat, water comes in, then runs out, leaving the floor wet. I prefer a bone dry cockpit so I plug holes while underway, leaving them open to drain while stored on trailer. The chances of a self bailing incident happening are...
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