Just an introduction...

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Just wanted to introduce myself, new to the forum, and new to sailing. I just purchased a Catalina 14.2K (v2) fixed keel. I had asked around my marina, and was told it would be a good boat to learn the basics and have some fun. I have ZERO sailing experience, but have owned several power boats, and currently have a 26 ft Bayliner cabin cruiser docked at our local marina. My wife and I live in northern California on the San Francisco Bay Delta. The boat is a little rough around the edges, but structurally sound, and complete. Just wanted to say "hi!" and look forward to accelerating my learning curve by reading up, and getting wet...

Cheers,
Rocky
 
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I got my basic keelboat certification at OCSC in Berkeley Marina. Wasn't much wind that week, which i am told is uncommon. I live near LA now, but come up there pretty often. Looks like a great area for sailing.
 
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Just wanted to introduce myself, new to the forum, and new to sailing. I just purchased a Catalina 14.2K (v2) fixed keel. I had asked around my marina, and was told it would be a good boat to learn the basics and have some fun. I have ZERO sailing experience, but have owned several power boats, and currently have a 26 ft Bayliner cabin cruiser docked at our local marina. My wife and I live in northern California on the San Francisco Bay Delta. The boat is a little rough around the edges, but structurally sound, and complete. Just wanted to say "hi!" and look forward to accelerating my learning curve by reading up, and getting wet...

Cheers,
Rocky
Howdy I just completed my first full season with swing keel Capri and can give you a few observations. First that there's a world of difference between mine and your fixed keel version, and it's a trade-off. If you're a single hander and do a fair amount of trailering you're best off with my boat. It's far easier to launch/retrieve alone and even to store on your property. Low trailer profile reduces raised eyebrows from neighbors and with a pull dolly (bought mine at Cabela's) it's possible to drag it around if you're at least average in strength. I'm 64 and have no problem. Your version is about 200 lbs heavier and about 2 feet taller on the trailer so I think that demands precision when retrieving, definately a 2 man operation. If mine's off center it's easy to pick up the rear end and scoot it over. But it's surely a tender boat under gusty conditions. My remedies to that were having a set of reef points installed in main (look into this), weigh 200 lbs, and also fortunately had 5 seasons under my belt with a Catalina 22 on Lake Michigan! With experiance you will develop an instinctive feel for dealing with those conditions and should do just fine. Being a new sailor I think you are best off with your fixed keel, that should be a hard boat to knock down. Wishing you fair winds, keep us posted as you progress!
 
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