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Capri 18
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Description: Capri 18
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Registered: January 2000
Location: maryland
Posts: 1888
Review Date: Tue June 16, 1998 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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The Capri 18 is a shoal keel pocket cruiser built by Catalina Yachts. She draws 2 ft., has a 3/4 fractional rig with 155 sq. ft. of sail. The mast can be stepped by the average adult male singlehanded. She weighs 1500 lbs, has accomodations for 2 adults and 2 children. Mine has a TrailRite trailer with an extendable tongue (6 ft.) that makes launching easy.

The Capri 18 sails EXCEPTIONALLY well. It is very stable for its size (much stiffer than a Catalina 22) and tracks effortlessly with its long shoal keel. She points much better than I had expected for a shoal draft boat, routinely making good 90 deg. tacks. (The key to good windward performance is to keep her moving at least 3 knots). A 2.5 Hp outboard will move her near hull speed (5.2 knots) in calm conditions, but a 4 Hp is better for the occasionaly rough seas. A fuel tank locker is convieniently provided in the cockpit.

Below, the 18 has a pottapotti centered under the foredeck hatch. Its nice to have your head in fresh air when using the head! The boat comes standard with cushions that convert the ENTIRE area below into a giant double berth. You can even sleep athwartships if your under 6 ft., avoiding having your knees under the cockpit. Storage is good, although somewhat less than some due to its built in positive floatation (which could be removed). The cockpit has a generous locker opposite the fuel locker.

The Capri is solidly constructed. No oilcanning decks here. Its finish is plain but not ugly. I would rate it above average for boats in this size range. In fact, the Capri 18 has been sailed uneventfully from CA to Hawaii.

A traded down from a 28 footer to the Capri 18 to get a simpler, low-cost, easy to sail boat. At first I had doubts about its windward ability with the 2 ft. keel--until I sailed it. I could not be happier with the boat. The sailing ability is truly great. It is without a doubt the best sailing cruising-type boat that I have ever sailed.

Davy Haynes
"Little Miss Magic"
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Registered: January 2000
Location: maryland
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Review Date: Tue March 16, 1999 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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The Capri 18 is a very forgiving boat for beginners. My experience was a good one. I towed it with a medium size car with no trouble and could raise the mast with the help of one other person. I mostly sailed her on an inland lake in VA, but I took her out on the Chesapeake Bay a couple times. In waves over 3-4' and fresh breezes the forward hatch has trouble sealing, so anything in the 3/4 V-berth will get wet. But the boat is quite fun to sail in those circumstances. The battery compartment is tight (I had a little difficulty removing the old one). The shoal keel tends to drag quite a bit in good wind (which is frustrating if racing). I enjoyed sailing her and only sold her because I want to buy something bigger.
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Review Date: Fri February 21, 2003 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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An excellent day sailer and overnight camping boat.
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jose wall
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Registered: March 2006
Location: Arizona
Review Date: Wed June 28, 2006 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Solid little boat/ stiffer than others this size.
Cons: Little boat

Ditto with all the above comments. Can't really go wrong if your looking for this size boat. Excellent day sailer and fun boat to own. Very nice lines, called "cute" by many. Easy to launch and trailer. Can be used for an overnight by two people. Love the boat.
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Stepford
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Registered: November 2002
Posts: 11
Review Date: Tue May 27, 2014 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $2,600.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Good size to trailer, sail and repair.
Cons: Shallow keel

Thought about selling her a few years ago, but I thought I would miss her too much. More fun with two, but can be single-handed in all but the highest winds, if you have a good sail selection.
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