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Capri 25
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Description: Capri 25
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Review Date: Sat November 6, 1999 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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This is my first fixed keel boat. Prior sailing has been on centerboard boats only. I like the simplicy of design, clean lines and sail controls of the Capri 25. It is a pretty fast boat in my opinion.

The boat is designed very well for racing, although I mainly use it for day sailing. I sail on an inland lake, where I will race occasionally, but do not sail a spinnaker. Sailing is primarily with my wife only, and although the cabin is small, it's very comfortable for the two of us. It lacks some of the features found on other Catalina models, but we don't overnight. I like the large cockpit area.

As far as weaknesses go, I think that in the future I may consider purchasing a more stable boat. As much as I enjoy being on the 'edge', my wife prefers more stability.

Overall, I am pleased. As my experience with the boat increases, I'm find myself feeling more secure. I like the size of the boat for the lake that I sail in, and especially like the various sail controls.
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Review Date: Fri April 7, 2000 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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I have had my 1981 Capri 25 since 1993 and have learned a great deal from sailing this boat. I daysail the boat and have recently raced it in club races and the occasional regatta. The principal features of this model is that it is fast, responsive to changes in sail controls and fairly easy to sail. It is also very tender but needs to be sailed "on its feet". I have a 5hp outboard and it moves the boat adequately. The boat is easy to manuver and docking is only a challenge in heavy gusts because of its light weight.

I sail this boat on Lake Erie and the combination of a the flat hull and light weight make sailing the boat in chop and confused seas a challenge.Taking a wave or chop head on will result inpounding and/or slow you dramatically. The boat is also a wet boat because of the low free board.

On the other hand, on light air days when there is only a little swell, there are few boats that can catch the Capri 25. It is very satisfying to pull away from the fleet in light to moderate (10 knots) conditions.Weight distribution on the boat is almost as critical for speed as sail trim in all conditions.

When I sail the boat with only one other person aboard I usually use the #2, a 130% genoa. My #1 is a 155% and this year I have a brand new UK Tape drive sail to replace a mylar #1 that tore last year. The boat sails well and handles the occasional puff by heeling and accelerating. I usually use a tiller extension because I like to sit on the high side for visibility and weight. With the #2 up the winches allow one to just pull lines rather than grinding. The location of the traveler in the cockpit allows the mainsail trimmer to finely adjust sail trim or, if sailing short-handed, the helmsperson can also trim the main. My boat has three sets of sail tracks allowing for excellent sail trim. I opted for a 100% jib as my #3 and the inboard track allows very close sheeting angles. I have replaced most of the original hardware (except the Lewmar winches) with Harken products and have not suffered gear failures.

The cabin is wide but we have never used the boat for over-nighting; it is mostly a place to store sails. The cockpit is great for day sailing. There are two holes in the transom that serve as scuppers. They work well except that they tend to suck water in as the boat exceeds 5 knots on reaches. I have fashioned quickly removable plugs so we can keep our feet dry, yet drain the cockpit if need be. I've also found that the plugs make a big difference to guests that become disconcerted when water stars entering the cockpit.

All in all, this is a fine racer and daysailor; it is not a cruising boat and by no means for someone who prefers a stiff boat or one that is not responsive. If you enjoy trimming the boat, want to learn how sail trim affects performance, or do well in club races, the Capri 25 might be the boat for you. Fast is fun!

One other benefit is that Catalina Yachts, the builder, is wonderful to work with. They still have parts for the Capri 25. I have ordered several trim pieces and other parts with no problem wahtsoever. When I had questions about tuning the mast, they sent me 14 pages of helpful hints from the factory and other owners .....free!

Chris Bork
Hull 142: "Island Fever"
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Review Date: Fri August 18, 2000 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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The Capri 25 is a very fast boat, it sails head to head with the J-24. It is more comfortable than the J-24, actually having cockpit seats for example, but I think it is a bit more squirrelly off the wind than the J-24. It also is condiderably cheaper than the 24, both in construction and price. It is a fantastic day sailer, but a lousy cruiser, we overnight occasionally but it's not luxury living. It's slightly over powered, extremely sensitive to crew weight and placement, sail trim etc., it will teach you a great deal about sailing due to it's sensitive nature. If you will be sailing with either a small or light crew I would reccomend having a substantial reef in the main and either a very small jib (70%) or a reefing jib.In the steep choppy seas we get at times on Lake Champlain, it can be a real pain in the ass since it is so light. It has handled some nasty weather however and is surprisingly seaworthy. In light to moderate air it is a fantastic boat for the money, a huge cockpit that handles 5 people with ease, plenty of stowage for a day sail and we can beat every boat under 30'. If you have any specific questions, drop me a line. Jim Lintereur "Fatgirl"
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Review Date: Tue December 17, 2002 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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I recently purchased this boat in Essex CT. I have not yet sailed the boat due to the season. I will be sure to write a complete write up when we set sail next season, and include all the "go fast" upgrades we have done for the 2003/2004 racing season.
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