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  1. willp14335

    Small daysailer for the young family?

    I won a club race in my class last summer by cutting right under the transom of an anchord ship. The vortex shed off the trailing edge of the superstructure gave me a lucky gust needed to get through the wind shadow and out in front of the fleet. But if the ship was moving I'd have stayed way the hell away from it.
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    Show your boat not sailing

    Moored at Obstruction Pass. Winter cruising in the PNW is the inverse of summer, in that there is an abundence of wind and an absence of powerboats.
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    Small daysailer for the young family?

    I used Seahawk Biocop grey. All I did on the rudder was thicken the leading edge a little bit with putty and sand it.
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    Small daysailer for the young family?

    Some pictures of the race bottom project.
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    Small daysailer for the young family?

    Nice boat^^ I am farily picky about keeping weight off my boat, as she is more inclined to plane in heavy air with less displacement. I also did a race bottom job, fairing and sanding the boat and put a new epoxy barrier coat on. Then I paid one of my boatyard co-workers to spray the bottom paint for a smooth finish. After some playing around I have found that keeping the standing rigging fairly loose improves boat speed downwind in most conditions. Needless to say it is good for light air. In heavy air it helps a lot to crank the backstay to depower the main and reduce weather helm, as the boat is somewhat tender and will heel a lot going upwind without rail meat. I also added some thickness to the leading edge of my rudder to make it stall at higher angles of attack. This helps when starting to surf a quartering wave, as the rudder can sometimes load up for a moment before the boat speed increases and the helm gets light again. The boat is noticeably faster downwind in good breeze with the 135 or 155 genoa up instead of the jib. She also sails well with the kite and surfs easily.
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    Small daysailer for the young family?

    Yes, the Capri 22 is much faster than the Catalina 22. I have one and it makes a good cheap daysailer/pocket cruiser/club racer.
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    Show your boat sailing thread

    I'm stuck at home with a cold during the first nice weekend we've had in a month. But at least that has given me time to edit this video footage I took a few weeks ago. With fall comes back the wind!
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    Perry Sliver Class Day Sailor

    Bringing human power to bear on such a large vessel would be an interesting challenge.
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    Small Cruising Boat

    I haven't encountered that problem yet, but I mostly singlehand mine. My crew prefers to hold the jib sheet unless it's heavier air anyways. I usually don't need to grind the jib, the sheet loads are light enough I can just pull it by hand 98% of the time. If I was grinding more or had more people on board more of the time the self tailing winches would be a big improvement. My priority is a new mainsail first... A local sailor at the club sails a first 265. The smaller 21.7 or perhaps the First 25 look like nice, sweet sailing pocket cruisers. I had trouble finding either used, however.
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    Small Cruising Boat

    I have a Capri 22 as well. I bought it for $4,800. I have become fond of it, mine is the fin keel version (4' 2" draft) and it is fast for what it is. I can achieve 5 knots upwind in very light air and can exceed 8 knots downwind in a breeze. It will go faster with the spinnaker and plane in enough wind, the best I've managed so far is somewhere around 10 knots boat speed. I hope to exceed this when the wind comes back this winter. The helm balance is good as long as you keep heel below 15 or 20 degrees. After that the keel aerates, leeway increases and weather helm becomes pronounced. Weight on the rail helps this tremendously, even single handing, and reducing sail to keep heel under control is faster than letting her get overpowered. Playing the backstay also helps control the helm and I increased the thickness of the leading edge of my rudder with bondo to make it more stable at high angles of attack (won't stall as easily). It's a really fun, responsive and easy boat to sail, and I've outrun much larger boats in light air. Cruising accommodations are minimal, but passable, and the berths are long. I am 6' 4" and can sleep comfortably aboard. I added a removable table that I can mount in the cockpit or down below, which greatly improved life aboard both for eating and using the laptop at the dock. The cockpit is huge and very well laid out for single handed sailing and short handed club racing. There was plenty of room for me and 4 friends to go for a BBQ outside the marina last week. The ergonomics are correct and comfortable both in the cockpit and down below, even if you spend days and hours aboard. Construction is simple single skin, and it is fairly heavily built. That being said, every boat has flaws. The earlier models (mine) have stress cracks in the sharp corners of the house where it buts the cockpit. The newer model is less angular and shouldn't suffer this issue. The 80s era boats can be prone to blisters. If a proper barrier coat has not been installed, beware. The boat I bought was dry sailed so avoided this issue. I re-did the barrier coat when I put my racing bottom on. There is a lot of room in the cockpit lazzerette, but it is not sealed from the rest of the interior so can let water in if you broach in rough weather. The companionway also hooks on the vang fiddle block when you open it if the vang is left totally slack, and puts chips in the front of the hatch. The boat also lacks an anchor locker, which is my only major gripe about the design. I hate moving my anchor back and forth from the aft lazzerette and removing my spare fuel, docklines, fenders etc... every time I drop the hook.
  11. That boat was intended for PNW light air performance. I have an unabashed love for speed. I've ridden my road bike 50 mph. I got my Capri 22 planing in a 25 knot spinnaker run before becoming overpowered and broaching. I spent three weeks sanding and fairing my bottom to make the boat faster for racing. I even took a random Capri 14.2 jib and rigged it as a makeshift staysail for better light air boat speed. It increases my SA/D to 29. Trade offs do increase with displacement reduction, I give up a galley and several hundred lbs. of displacement compared to the standard Catalina 22, but I sail circles around them, and prefer it that way. I figure if accommodations are suffering too much, the solution should be an increase in LOA rather than an increase in D/L ratio, unless constraints on the design prohibit it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J72auz1AH2I&feature=youtu.be
  12. If I were interested in a classic I'd want something aesthetically similar to Quail but built to ULDB numbers with a huge amount of sail area and a deep draft T bulb keel. I've found that the PNW is a good place for a deep draft, high SA/D boat.
  13. This would be a fun project to work on. Similar to my 22 footer but more advanced. This was a concept for a 20 foot pocket cruiser I started a while back.
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    Show your boat sailing thread

    The sailing in the San Juans was good this weekend. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5hIl-awhCkc