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Re: Want to buy Capri 14.2 or Performance 15
Um, I've not heard of the Performance 15. Is it perhaps a Precision 15?
The Capri 14.2 is a great little starter boat. Forgiving, light, easy to trailer, but still has a crude traveler, mainsheet, vang, and basic jib sheets and cleats. Boat will plane over 12 knots wind with 1 person in it, especially downhill... with 2 in it, it'll take closer to 18 knots of wind, and when you steer up in that kind of wind, you'll be struggling to keep it flat.
Overall a pretty lively boat, while still being pretty easy to keep dry... it'll punish you quickly if you don't move to keep it flat. Fast learning curve no that boat.
If we are talking Precision 15, that's a pretty equivalent boat to the Capri 14.2. Really a Ford versus Chevy argument, both are pretty even boats, I think the Precision 15 is slightly faster.
Also it should be noted that both the Capri 14.2 and Precision 15 come in centerboard (common) and keel (mostly sold to training schools) models.
"Rum Line" a 1982, S2 7.9 - Production boat limit tester, blue-water bucket owner, with wine taste on a beer budget.