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Christian Hess, you are correct, the older boats are stronger than the newer ones. The photos on the Skedaddle site are a very good reference but the site does run slow. The reinforcements at the keel to hull joint can be called different things. In the newer boats they're 1/2" ply with FG around them (I could be wrong) on the older ones they MUCH thicker. The ones in my boat are 2-2.5" wide. Mine is an 84.
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My mainsheet setup is the same as the factor 4:1 with a 2:1 traveler. No reason to change it for me. I did increase the backstay purchase to 24:1 and run it up to the traveler. Works great while racing.

I've thought about reinforcing the bow section. The thing oil cans going upwind when it's blowing. Here on the chesepeake bay we get steep chop that stacks ups and is hard on small light boats.
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Re: Merit 25 sailors?

thats exactly what I wanted to hear! jajaja thanks man

seems my boat has been "UPGRADED" already to NOT oil can

it has 1 fore and aft reinforcement under the mast step and a simple knee on port out to the hull sides running side to side.

we went sailing in 15-20knot gusts and the damn thing felt great no oil canning however its flat lake sailing so it will always be easy on the boat

I do have to tune my rig

how tight are your aft lowers at the slip? and how tight are your cap shrouds?

reading the tuning guide on the well and other sites(Ill link it for you if you dont have it) they are going with a very tight setup that I fear isnt great for normal day sailing...

I love my backstay setup I can tune and do mainsheet very quickly and easily from the same position...

my traveller system is nice and fast...I love it!

if you want to share any pics please do so on here, id love to get more ideas and visuals for my boat

thanks man
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My mainsheet setup is the same as the factor 4:1 with a 2:1 traveler. No reason to change it for me. I did increase the backstay purchase to 24:1 and run it up to the traveler. Works great while racing.

I've thought about reinforcing the bow section. The thing oil cans going upwind when it's blowing. Here on the chesepeake bay we get steep chop that stacks ups and is hard on small light boats.
I beleive my setup is like this too...the backstay is led up to the traveller on each side....However I have a very thick too thick line led to a block on the coaming that is a bit slow...so maybe Ill do your trick

please show pics if you can!

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you guys both post picts, maybe I'll get some ideas for my backstay rerig I am doing on my S2.
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not unless you tell me if you raced a transpac on your capri! jajajaja

no seriously I want to know if you did

I have a couple of offshore races in mind here in the gulf and atlantic that I think would be a blast on the m25

Ill take some pics of my boat hopefully this weeked

didnt get many taken last time out since we were having such a blast on the maiden sail.

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before and after cockpit pics



shnool you can see how the backstay is rigged here sans the turning blocks at the back end of the cockpit...




the line Im reffering to as being a bit too thick for my liking and slow can be seen too...

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that mainsheet is not new btw but a very "fried" mainsheet that was in the original pic...that I did my downy softener treatment

dont throw away old sheets and stuff guys! they can be saved!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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There were 2 gentleman entered into the single-handed transpac this year.. with Capri 25s. One had such a harrowing delivery from WA to CA that he bailed out before he started his story included a busted boom and 2 tiller pilots... having handled some pretty rough weather in the process.

The 2nd (Doug Paine) raced in the Transpac, and managed to finish after blowing out a spreader and losing a good portion of his rig... he Jury rigged the remainder and sailed that way for the last 2/3 of the course. He finished last, but within the allotted time.

I posted the technical article on the pre-race... and one my fellow editors posted his story of the race itself (post race if you will). Both of these articles were written FOR the Mainsheet magazine (Catalina's brand magazine for owners). A copy of those articles can be found on the Catalina/Capri 25 association website, if you join the association.

I deeply respect BOTH those sailors, and frankly all those who participated, or attempted to participate in that race.
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aaaaaaaaaaaaaah thought it was you man...well even so my hats off to them to

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Re: Merit 25 sailors?

couple new pics:

getting new cushions made, bracket for the dinghy and installed the new gas tank for the motor

next sail on sunday! yay


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