Nice pics Dragonfly. This site is certainly great for covering the technical side of sailing the Capri 14.2 but it seems very few actually post pics of the recreational side. Would be nice if this thread could be used for such.
Started my season today on Lake Mead here in Vegas. Perfect day! Winds steady at 5-10 mph, temp in the low 60’s, wide open ramp, and not a jetski to be found.
January was unseasonably cold here just north of Atlanta at Lake Lanier so we haven't been able to time the good days....had one earlier this week, 70F, Sunny, and steady winds.... probably a little too much wind though.
The wide open ramp is what I need...I still don't have the hang of backin this thing down a ramp yet.
is that left and right when my head is turned looking back at the trailer or in the rear view mirror?
And the thing is that once it starts going one way and you don't want it to go that way, it keeps going that way no matter which way you turn the wheel...it almost seems like that after a 5 degree turn begins, it's too late you are committed to that angle unless you pull forward til everything is straight...I get so frusterated with the fishers, pleasure craft, and jet skis trailers that have no patience for this sailor.
Bought a 14.2 from SC last Spring, have had lots of fun around the sounds of Harkers Island, NC (close to Beaufort) -- going to Core Banks (lighthouse, in background of one pic) and wild horses on Shackleford Banks (all Nat'l Park, miles and miles of empty beach if you set over and swim on the Atlantic side). The sounds are perfect for a 14.2 since they are extremely shallow -- and we can dolly (Sitech) the rig over the sandy beach w/o even hooking up a trailer!
I forgot to mention: The motor bracket cost me <$30, it uses a 2x10 treated board, some galvanized bolts and a galvanized trailer bracket for a roll to actually mount the motor. There is absolutely NO hole in the hull, it sits on the grove of the stern. The prop will, however, drag slightly if you let the boat crank too much.
Opening day season two - Spring break Apalachicola Bay, FL
Water is very warm in the bay....seafood is awesome, but I am told sharks and alligators lurk, and there are an abundance of dolphins, which is that added incentive to get the kids on board. Bought an Explorist 210 Handheld GPS from Magellan...excellent tool to have when negotiating numerous inlets and shallows...don't buy the hype that you need to spend $400, I got this one from Wal-MArt for $127. Markeed 5.5 mph top speed in steady westerlies; I guess I should have switched to nautical navigation and got the spped in knots?