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  1. 8dust

    Wanted: Mod 1 hatch cover

    I have a mod 1 and made a cover. It was pretty easy and has worked very well for a couple seasons now. I used a white cutting board from walmart as raw material because it was the right thickness and cheap but it's a little bit heavy. Pvc sign board would be lighter and better if you could...
  2. 8dust

    Just an introduction...

    Learning to sail on the coast is a distinct advantage IMO, as the first, middle, last, things to really learn, is how to get a feel for the wind, and only then, what to do with what you're feeling. The thing about a lake, is that the wind is all over the place, and the only thing that's...
  3. 8dust

    year

    You're missing a bunch of numbers and a letter or two. The 4-digit number on your main sail / sail bag, only denotes the number of your hull from the first produced, ie they started with 0001, the first, then 0002, ....then 3534, then 3535... The full ID code is 12 characters long and should be...
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    Comparisons between a Capri 14.2 and a Precision 15

    Handsome boat. To my eye, the hull shape looks very similar to the 14.2, which I would describe as very flat, at least my Mod1 is. I think the main issue of them being "tippy" is one of boat size / sail area & mast height, JMO. That is also the feature that makes it really go, even in a light...
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    Comparisons between a Capri 14.2 and a Precision 15

    I don't know anything about a Percision 15, so I didn't chime in earlier, but I'd like to hear what you ended up with? I'm also happy to tell you about my 14.2 mod1 and what I've learned through trial, and plenty of error... Fred
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    Mast plate decking cracks

    Don't give up on her! There's a good thread with photos called "mast step failure" posted on feb 21 that talks through what it looks like you're dealing with. Bunch of photos in thread. Should be helpful. As far as the play in the shrouds, I had a bit more in mine too than I was expecting and...
  7. 8dust

    Optimist mast floats

    Work great on mine. Clips in with the main halyard, folds around the sail, then rides up the track in the mast when you raise sail. Easy.
  8. 8dust

    Optimist mast floats

    I've got one of these. Works great, looks good, very inexpensive. Like it much better than the big, permanent, expensive Hobie float. Anti Turtle Mast Float
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    Looking at buying an older 14.2

    ! Great That other guy ended up doing you a favor, even if it didn't feel like it at the time. Post some pictures when you get the chance.
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    Looking at buying an older 14.2

    Shucks, that's a real kick in the nuts. I'm sure you were getting excited about it. Truth is though, that there were a lot of questionable unknowns with that one from what you described. I don't doubt that someone who would sell it out from under you like that, took even worse care of it than...
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    Looking at buying an older 14.2

    Well good then. $500 is kind of my magic number for what I would roll the dice on something for. If the sails, spars, lines, metal and moving bits are ok, but the hull ends up shot, I would think you could part it out for almost that much. If the hull ends up sound, then you have yourself a...
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    Looking at buying an older 14.2

    I don't have a huge amount of boat specific knowledge so I was waiting for someone else to chime in first but here's my 2c., based on general background and owning my 2nd trailer-sized boat now. I wouldn't think standing water and funk in the footwell would be too big a deal. Standing water...
  13. 8dust

    Hello from Fort Walton Beach & New Sails!

    That's the good life, right there!!!
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    Hello from Fort Walton Beach & New Sails!

    Wow, really beautiful. Thanks for sharing. I also have one of their covers, but the mast-down version, and I agree the quality is top-notch. I emailed them to ask if they would make a quick halyard bag, but never heard back. What did the sails run if you don't mind me askin?
  15. 8dust

    Motor Mount + Cupholders

    nice idea! I like it. can you add a photo of the motor mount?
  16. 8dust

    New Guy questions :)

    nice wood panel, Al. Are the stripes inlay? I wonder how it's going to weather? So that's the original door then? latch looks about the same as what I did. I wonder if those thumb screws come in SS? My hardware is just plated, but I'm only in fresh water so I think it's going to do fine...
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    New Guy questions :)

    Well, I think I've finished the last of this season's projects... my cuddy door. Pretty darn happy with it if I do say so. Best part was the most expensive piece was the $12 Walmart cutting board. I'm also super happy with the latch as it works great and at ~ $2 in parts, came in WAY ahead of...
  18. 8dust

    One last sail before winter

    Nice rework of your gear, Al. My mast float would look PERFECT with your sail. It's these two bright yellow inflatable joined sausages you run up on the main halyard. Kinda stands out on my blue sail, but would be invisible on yours, though with less height and sail area, maybe you don't need...
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    One last sail before winter

    I don't know what's different, but I really like that sail, really beautiful, and even better that it matches your lovely wife! Seems like your boom mounts about 6" higher than mine. I don't remember that level of adjustment, but I'd like to raise mine a bit if possible. Glad you had such a...
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    Repeated capsizing

    My battery is just inside hatch on a wood stand with a clampdown bracket from autoparts store. I would think any farther forward would be a real pain to remove/install & charge. I'm a lake guy and only dream about how predictable the days were long ago on the ocean. For an extra chalange, my...
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