Re: [capri26] Learning her ways...
- Seriously, how do I keep missing you? LOLHey, do you remember removing your countertop in the galley? I found lots of screws under by the stove and sink, but have no idea how it is attached over by the icebox??HELP, IF YA CAN REMEMBER??Bruce SpletstoserSatinSheetsCell 602-402-9241----- Original Message -----From: Jim LongSent: Thursday, April 23, 2009 6:12 AMSubject: RE: [capri26] Learning her ways...
Bruce, soon Ill be joining you back at the Roosevelt Yacht club.
Congrats on the new Capri!!! Did you buy the one with the Yamaha outboard? I live in AZ and the one here, Tasmanian Devil, is a little rough and only has the cabin top winches, but it does have a trailer.
Maneuvering the boat takes a little to get used to. Does it have cockpit controls? If you have cockpit controls, youll do just fine with out having to try and turn the motor. If you do not have cockpit controIs, this is the first thing you need to buy. I have had both the outboard version and now have a diesel and love them both. I think it is easier to control than the Capri 18, I also had a Capri 22 and the 26 is mush easier to maneuver.
Yes, the autopilot is great! Just point her into the wind, set the autopilot, and put the sails up. You do not have to yell at her or nothing, PRICELESS.
From: capri26@yahoogroups .com [mailto:capri26@ yahoogroups. com] On Behalf Of Richard Lamb
Sent: Wednesday, April 22, 2009 6:49 PM
To: capri26@yahoogroups .com
Subject: [capri26] Learning her ways...
Well, I did it - yesterday we closed on my new Capri 26.
It's not the one in Georgia, or Arizona, or new Jersey,
but one that was waiting for me right here on Lake Texoma.
I've been out sailing a couple of times, but this evening
I took Dorothy out to play motorboat for an hour or so.
I got her back in the slip without any scratches, but I'm
ashamed to say it was a near thing.
The pier where I dock is fairly tight (ok, I wouldn't give it a
moments pause in my old Capri 18 (what a handy little ship) but this
thing is bugger, heavier, and has a wing rather than a fin.)
And there is no way to steer with the motor either.
Tha's probably going to get some attention soon. (real soon!)
At low speeds, the boat doesn't want to turn real tight, and the
wind was blowing 12 to 15 straight out of the slip. And once it
loses steerage it takes a while to get going again...
Did I mention the wind blowing 12 to 15 straight out of the slip???
There are a bunch of huge power boats behind me (two boat engths?!!?)
and a shallow mud flat to port (75 feet away?).
Both of which conspired to more attention that I thought was
Well, we made it in - second try - after a couple of deep gulps.
But what fun! the autopilot even WORKS!
I havent' dug into the slave-to-GPS mode yet.
Just set the heading and let go.
(and watched it like a hawk for a while)
It's like having another crew member - who doesn't drink beer even.
Dorothy wants to name it.
(from Sailing Alone Around the World - did we ever know the name of
the navigator of the Pinta???)
Now to learn how to handle her in tight spaces...
Just learnin' her ways...