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    Installing a Tiller Tamer, few questions...

    I love mine also, $$$ well spent! One thing to beware of is to keep the good tension on your retainer line. If you don't the line can become accidentally looped around the trigger and you can't even see it at first glance! I got preoccupied recently while in some robust sailing conditions and...
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    Does your mast stick straight up?

    Now I can't say much about mast rake but I sure wish I could have at least one turnbuckle on the forestay. My Catalina 22 had 100% turnbuckles and that was great. On Capri I'm able to easily raise/lower mast alone with the assistance of a wood crutch I built. Holding the forestay cable while...
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    Did you name your Capri?

    Advantages to having a small electric trolling motor: *I sail many different lakes. The one I most often use has a narrow channel that runs a few hundred yards before deep water is found. Would be impossible to sail there without the motor getting you to the open water. And it gives you options...
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    Did you name your Capri?

    I call mine "Mistress". My wife is a non-sailor so Capri is the other woman! Saw a Pintail in my marina he had "OCHIT" painted on the stern, thought that was amusing. Now just a sidebar to the picture showing the trolling motor tilted to lift the motor/prop clear. I have a Minkota that allows...
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    Why is this sub-forum so dead? Where are all the 14.2 owners??

    Agreed that if you're new with the boat starting conservatively is the smart way to go. I felt the same way my first season. Now the boat will handle more extreme conditions if you have only ONE experianced crew member along. The boat's not big enough to do well with more than 2 people on board...
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    Why is this sub-forum so dead? Where are all the 14.2 owners??

    Yep I've been too busy sailing and trying to sell my house, needed a good rainy day to get on the chat room. In the last year or so I've posted plenty of useful things, actually hooked up with a guy from this site who met me in my home port of DesPlaines, Il. I took him out for a teaching cruise...
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    What's your Capri 14.2's traveler bridle height?

    Yep on light air days it was nice to freeze the traveller in the middle with knots, but otherwise I'll leave mine free to run. You do get better pointing with it held in center but if encountering gusts I didn't like the feel of not getting full release that is possible when main can fully...
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    Question on Reefing (Reducing Main Sail)

    Ooops also forgot to mention the "boomkicker", that's the fiberglass rod setup that holds boom up when main is tied off. Can't be without that either!
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    Question on Reefing (Reducing Main Sail)

    I've got an '86 Mod 1 that was in pretty rough shape when I bought it for $1200. Did a lot of improvements, first was the sail setup. Found a good shop that installed reef points and slugs in the main. Slugs make the main far easier to hoist/lower compered to the stock bolt rope. Reef points...
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    Installing a Tiller Tamer, few questions...

    Agreed on the tiller clutch. It's a precision instrument that allows for quick minor adjustments before you leave the helm. And I had installed a small cleat close to the stern on each side of the boat for mooring purposes, these also serve as the tie off points for the clutch. If you're a...
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    Alternative Mast Flotation device question

    I've got the Baby Bob up there. Had a nice custom bracket made which inserts into the mast with a small wing nutted through bolt to hold secure. Very easy to mount, so on a given day I can use or leave it off. It does add some fulcrum effect and looks a bit different but it's a secure feeling to...
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    Repeated capsizing

    Yep in retrospect I probably would have gone your route. The mounting bracket I bought for the Bob is easy to use but there is a bit of a windage penalty I'm afraid. Case in point; last summer I pulled out of the lake when it got super windy. Just by chance had trailer parked beam to the wind...
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    Repeated capsizing

    After 2 seasons under my belt with Capri I can offer the following which has been learned through experiance: 1. My small Minkota has served me well. Docking, manuevering around other boat traffic, sail hoisting, etc. Also this year I'm having a canopy made to place over the boom for sun...
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    Crack in hull taking in water

    Now on the subject of water intrusion into the hull, here's what bothers me. The wood stringers and other components that can be in constant contact with the water could be damaged by rotting. In particular the area under the foredeck can trap water for long periods of time unless you keep after...
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    New tiller

    Wow, that's awesome!
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    WHAT IS THE GOING RATE TO ADD ROLLER FURLiNG TO THE CAPRI

    I had my jib reworked by a sail maker who replaced the crappy small plastic hanks with some nice large brass ones. Then run a thin tag line through them from top of sail through sheave and then back to cockpit. It plays against the halyard, makes it easy to hoist/lower jib while underway. Need...
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    Weight shifting

    I installed a "tiller tender". It locks the tiller in place with a precise flip handle mechanism that allows for easy minor adjustments in helm before you go forward to do chores. Lock it on a lazy beam reach and it's fine to leave the helm (only in calm water, of course). Could send additional...
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    Weight shifting

    OK now I was just there a few weeks ago and saw all 3 ramp areas. Nothing I saw was suitable for single handedly launching/retrieving my Capri 14. I would tear my boat up trying to do so. Jagged boards with bolts sticking out, concrete abutments that were rounded outwards and curved the wrong...
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    Weight shifting

    Wow so you're from the St Louis area? I might be relocating down there from Chicago but I'm disappointed in the sailing opportunities for me and my Capri. Now I checked out Creve Cour, nice lake but terrible launch facilities. I'm solo and would not be able to work it out, there's no dock and...
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    Weighted Centerboard?

    The methods I use to cope with frisky winds are: 1. Had reef points installed in the main. You can't reef while underway but it's easy to set up prior to. Also had the sailmaker add slugs for insertion into the mast track rather than the stock bolt rope setup, which was a pain to use. 2. Devised...
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