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Capri Cyclone (C-13)
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6 10443 Wed August 3, 2011
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Description: Capri Cyclone (C-13)
Keywords: Capri Cyclone (C-13)
 


Author
jsorlo
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Registered: August 2003
Review Date: Fri October 30, 1998 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
Pros:
Cons:

I bought this boat last year as my first boat. Catalina has continued the model as the Capri 13. It cost $950.00 with a trailor, and was in rather poor shape. (in Idaho, you don't have all that great of a selection of boats to choose from). A little bit of elbow grease, fiberglass putty and Teak Oil brought the boat back into fine condition. As a first boat it is an excellent trainer. It has many of the same controls as its bigger cousins (i.e. Boom vang, Main sheet Traveller, cunningham, bendable mast). It does not have a Jib. It performed well against the Laser 13's in the local club regattas. In light to medium wind it is an easy boat to sail, but in 12+ Knot winds can become tricky. Its most exciting moments are on downwind runs in the heavier winds. It becomes very "Tippy" and will capsize to windward very quickly (i.e. the dreaded deathroll). It also "Turtles" fast, so you should uncleat the main sheet as quickly as possible. It is easy to right as long as you remember to tie the dagger boardin such that it doesn't drop out of the trunk. I have really enjoyed this boat and from the looks of its successors, any C-13 should provide some enjoyable sailing.
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Registered: January 2000
Location: maryland
Posts: 1888
Review Date: Thu July 6, 2000 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
Pros:
Cons:

Fast laser type one design that feels more stable than a laser. The sail is raised rather than slipping over mast like laser. This is a fun dingy to sail in light to medium air. Make sure that you have centerboard secured so that if you go over you can right the boat. She likes to turtle quickly and centerboard will slip out if not secured. I have seen owners tie a life jacket to top of mast or use a hobie mast flotation device to prevent turtling. Not a bad idea especially in heavy air. I used a trolling motor and small gel battery to enter and leave channels which worked well for me. If looking at used boat look at fiberglass on bow under mast area for problems as you must sstand on bow to step mast. This is usually easily fixed with fiberglass repair kit. The capri 13 is a boat that you sit on not in. I am 5'11" 200lbs and it is not a comfortable boat. There is always something in your way. Fast and fun for the athletically inclined.
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OCCapri13
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Registered: May 2006
Posts: 2
Review Date: Thu June 22, 2006 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Easily to learn on and Fun to Sail, Very forgiving
Cons: Slight weight shift causes instability, Fully hollow storage causes the loss of non-secured items to the back of the boat

I am the 3rd owner of a Cyclone and after replacing all the lines except for the main sheet, having to replace the gooseneck because of a crack, replacing a weak and cracked pine tiller, and creating my own way to secure items inside under the bow, the boat is now in excellent shape. With that in mind, it is a ton of fun for a single sailor or possibly another person. Because of the location of the traveller there is no comfortable area for a 2nd person to move around. But the boat is very forgiving even in heavy air (compared to others of similar size) and I have never capsized. Setting up alone takes about 20 minutes after a few practices.
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Cyclone77
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Registered: January 2007
Location: New Hampshire
Posts: 1
Review Date: Wed January 3, 2007 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Easy to learn and sail, Fun
Cons: A little unstable in the water, stay close to the beam when getting in

The Cyclone is my first boat and I found it very easy to learn on. It sails well on lakes even large lakes like Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire. There aren't too many lines to worry about either. Sailing with two people is fun, but watch out it's a little unstable. Rigging and trailering is relatively easy and can be done with two people. Overall, a good learning boat and a fun one to sail.
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rdarnell
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Registered: July 2009
Review Date: Tue July 14, 2009 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 7 

 
Pros: Easy to trailer, inexpensive, fun to sail
Cons: Easy to capsize

I bought my Cyclone 13 (Sail# 1015) two years ago for $750, including trailer (first sailboat).

On the second outing, I discovered after capsizing a couple of time that the hull was no longer really attached to the deck. The boat became completely swamped, and I ended up drifting to the other side of the lake and walking the boat back to a take-out point. The anchor was inside the boat, and slid down into the stern, which took a bit of effort to get free (see OCCapri13 comment above).

The next summer was spent putting in new putty and marine sealant, and replacing the rub rail and Cuddy door. A garden hose split and filled with marine sealant makes a fine rub rail, and is much easier on the hands than the old original.

This summer it's back in the water and sailing well, although I don't recommend using the main sheet cleat -- just hold it in your hand, and if you get a gust or the boat starts to heel too far over, just let the sheet out and it will right up quickly. It's a great boat to sail off and on sandy beaches, and have given a lot of kids and adults rides on it at inland lakes (Neb., S.D.).

For a newbie like me, I'm happiest with it in winds less than 15 mph (13 kt) (see jsorlo above), although I did have it out in 20 mph, and other than constant management of the sail underway, the only problem I had was getting it into position to sail it off the dock.
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LandlockIowa
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Registered: August 2011
Review Date: Wed August 3, 2011 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 5 

 
Pros: I wish I knew
Cons: I need parts

Help I need parts, cheep or make them.. suggestions needed.....
Here is the story so far... Day 1
The boat hull was covered in plant debris and we opened the storage and took out the sail, It has a nest of ants in it. I took it out and laid it out in the grass to give the ants time to move out. I got a bucket and scrub brush and went to town scrubbed the heck out of the hull. I will do some more tomorrow and take some photos. It was pretty bad, but I know how to scrub oh yes I do. I sent some emails to see about parts I need a dagger board and rudder and tiller assembly, so far.
Day 2
Got up and scrubbed the hull some more and took the sail out and washed it with the broom and soapy water, I let it dry in the sun many of the bats are broken; I finished up by 10 am and went inside to house clean. I had my friend come over and we made a list of what the boat needs. The parts list is longer than the list of parts I have... sigh....
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