Capri/Catalina 14 Mod 2

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I am considering buying a Capri 14.2 and saw a recent ad for a Mod 2. Setting aside the cost savings on a used boat what do I give up by buying a Mod 2 compared to a later or new model?
This may well be a question for a dealer; since they would have the latest information on improvements to the model and any additional equipment included in the standard package!

This is a great user forum, it helped me get started quickly in terms of maintenance, modifications and improvements and of course, how to sail these incredible boats. I believe the majority of members sail either mod 1's or 2's and a few 3's.

Get a boat and have a GREAT SAILING SEASON!
I have a 1989 Mod 2, and it is air tight with the box in place. It doesn't have as much storage as the Mod 1 and 3's. Good news, is that I have capsized and once turtled and it has never taken on any water. My friends with a Mod1, capsized and turtled, the front hatch wasn't shut and the boat filled with water and nearly sunk. I have considered removing the box on mine for more storage, but I'm still nervous of flooding it after watching the other boat that one time.

1989 Capri 14.2 mod2
1984 Catalina 22
Mod 2 is a great dry capsize boat. Faster than the mod 3 but less forward storage. If its a good boat for the right price buy it. Cars and houses are great for storage. You could always remove the bow box and have a wood hatch like the mod 1 if you wanted.
I know some folks need the extra space for a trolling motor battery and such, but the amount of storage space in the Mod 2 seems adequate for the average sailor. There's plenty of space for a couple of fenders, a collapsable paddle, some extra line and a dry sack of sundries. Unless you really need the extra space, I'd look more at the overall condition of the boat, price and the like. If it's a nice boat for a good price, I'd probably go for the Mod 2, but that's me.