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Catalina Capri 16
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3 4378 Fri April 9, 2010
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100% of reviewers None indicated 8.0

Description: Catalina Capri 16
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Registered: January 2000
Location: maryland
Posts: 1887
Review Date: Tue October 14, 1997 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 


I am a novice. This boat attracted me and my wife because of its classic design and apparent ease of use. However, we have nothing to form a basis for comparison. Its larger than a dinghy yet small enough to manuever on our lake. My wife appreciates that it would be difficult to get too wet in and I appreciate her not being too afraid of going out with someone like me who knows very little (presently) about what he is doing yet gets a thrill when a nice breeze catches the sails and tilts the boat more than just a few degrees. I would like to hear from others who are enjoying this particular boat--it seems that relative to some other boats, there aren't a lot of these around.
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Review Date: Tue July 25, 2000 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 


I learned how to sail on a 1993 Zuma. As my limited skills improved I began looking for a boat that would 1, carry more passengers; 2, have a jib; 3, might possibly allow overnight for two; 4, easily trailered and launched. With this in mind I found a rental place that had the Capri 16 and an 18 available. A sailing buddy and I rented the 16 and I fell in love with it. The fixed wing keel give the boat a high degree of stability and a feeling of strength. It has quite a weather helm, which some might find objectionable. Actually, I find it to be a buildt in safety valve. If the wind is up and I have the sail trimmed in too far, the boat will lwt me know, as I will be unable to hold a heading and she comes into the wind. I generally sail alone and find the boat easily set up after trailering. I use the "mast up" product to help step the mast. The more than generous cockpit has had 6 individuals (4 that were large) Although it was tight it was manageable. I would highly recommend the Capri 16 to anyone. It is a great boat, that does exactly what it was designed to do. The only drawback is the 2.5 ft draft which makes some ramps unacceptable. I use a 4 wheel drive Tahoe which allows launching at just about any ramp.
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Registered: January 2010
Location: Oklahoma
Posts: 13
Review Date: Fri April 9, 2010 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 8 

Pros: Cockpit size, stability of a keel in a 16' boat
Cons: Small cabin, very small production run

Have only owned and sailed part of last season, so am still evaluating. Am also a fairly new sailor, so am still learning. My wife and I have previous sailing experience with catamarans and with small dagger-board daysailers. We bought the Capri 16 with the idea of using it as a platform for learning and improving our keelboat skills until we are ready to move up to a larger boat.

The boat works well for that purpose. It's essentially a daysailer with the stability of a keelboat and a real cabin instead of a cuddy cabin. It seems to be forgiving enough for novices with a fairly simple rig. The boat is small enough that it doesn't intimidate those moving up from dinghies, but large enough to feel like a "real" boat.

The cockpit is nice and large. Great for a couple and comfortable for four adults. Six people would probably be the absolute maximum, and not very comfortable. Things can get a little wet due to the small size of the boat and the relatively low freeboard. Owing to the small size of the boat, there's not really any room on the deck outside of the cockpit.

The cabin is fairly tight, but that's to be expected with a boat of this size. Although two people could theoretically sleep in the boat, it would be akin to sleeping in a coffin; not for the claustrophobic. Similarly, there appears to be room for a small porta-potti but it would essentially take up the whole cabin. The cabin works fine for storing an ice chest, PFDs and other assorted gear.

Sailing characteristics are fairly predictable. I have no experience with fin keels, but the wing keel seems to point well enough. The reduced draft is a plus as well. The boat seems to like to sail "on its feet" rather than heeled excessively. When the wind picks up the boat develops a pretty strong weather helm. When the boat gets heeled over too far the rudder tends to come out of the water and the boat naturally heads up. All in all, pretty safe for newbie sailors. When the sails are trimmed properly the boat feels like it's sailing pretty quickly, although we have no instruments to indicate the true speed. My experience is limited, however, by the short ownership period and the lack of sail controls resulting from the previous owner's "jury rigged" repairs. Am in the process of correcting these for the upcoming season.

Probably the biggest negative to the boat in my mind is the small number of these boats around. Apparently very few of these boats were produced in the first place. There is no owner's association that I've found and, of course, no class for racing if that's of interest. No one makes aftermarket parts specifically for this boat. On the plus side, Catalina still offers many parts for the boat. It also shares many parts with the Capri 18, which is also still supported by Catalina.

All in all a nice boat for two couples to share a nice afternoon sail, a glass of wine and a beautiful sunset.
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