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Re: Hunter 216 vs Capri 22?
I've not sailed the Hunter 216. I have seen them and the Asym sprit rig on them seems pretty sweet.
The Capri 22 is hardly a slug, so no worries there. It can also be setup about as easy or as hard as you like, with as few or as many sail controls as you might want.
History: The Capri 22 comes in 2 mods, (the mod 1 which had chiseled looking windows, and the Mod 2 which had ovaled out windows - this is the most obvious difference there were plenty)... Within that they came in 3 keels... shoal (almost never sold), wing, and fin. The wing USUALLY was sold most frequently, and USUALLY with the standard rig. The TALL rig was sold mostly to FIN keel buyers, but basically added 2 feet to the mast height.
It should be pretty obvious that if water depth is of no concern, and speed is the ultimate goal, then FIN KEEL, TALL rig is what you are searching for... and you want the race package, to get all the extra sail controls (even if you don't use them now).
Even in the wing keel, standard rig, the Capri 22 is a great sailing boat. It's hard to be unhappy with these boats, as they are still in current production... the parts are easily found, and there were a lot of these boats sold (easy to find others who can help you set them up, get parts cheap, and find used boats).
I owned/sailed my Capri 22 for 2 years, and loved the boat. I moved up (or was it down) to the Capri 25 because it has even more performance.
Again I know very little about the 216, but I know the Capri 22 is faster, and has more sail controls, so it's likely the better long term boat. I bet the 216 is easier to get out and going to sail, certainly easier to throw a chute up on that sprit. The Capri 22 one design looks for a Symmetrical spinnaker so there is your biggest difference.
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