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  1. john6206


    Joined Feb 19, 2008
    48 posts, 0 likes
    Catalina Capri 18
    US Ann Arbor, MI ann arbor
    Hi All -
    I've owned my Capri 18 for about a month now, and haven't sailed it yet. I have a couple more projects to go and it should be ready for a spring launch.

    I'm surprised that I don't see anything in the "owner modifications" section for this boat. It seems like unless I'm sailing with a 4 year old or a dog, the v-birth is too small. I have thought about getting rid of the cushions and building cabinets or shelves in that space. I'd want to leave some space for duffle bags and other gear, but as a birth it's kind of silly.


  2. jviss


    Joined Feb 5, 2004
    2,140 posts, 151 likes
    Tartan 3800
    US Westborough Westport, MA

  3. Siamese


    Joined Aug 2, 2009
    393 posts, 76 likes
    Catalina 28MKII
    US Muskegon
    Unless you're doing something really weird up there.

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  4. Gene Neill

    Gene Neill

    Joined Sep 30, 2013
    2,113 posts, 614 likes
    C-22, Albin Vega
    US central Florida
    Agree 100%. The V berth is too small for adults on a C22 also. Plus it covers the potty. We pulled the cushions out and we use the area for stowage just like you're thinking (although I haven't felt the need to build shelves yet).

  5. Joe


    Joined Jun 1, 2004
    6,279 posts, 257 likes
    Catalina 27
    US Mission Bay, San Diego
    You mean "the garage"?

  6. john6206


    Joined Feb 19, 2008
    48 posts, 0 likes
    Catalina Capri 18
    US Ann Arbor, MI ann arbor
    Gee, thanks for the spelling lesson.

  7. jviss


    Joined Feb 5, 2004
    2,140 posts, 151 likes
    Tartan 3800
    US Westborough Westport, MA
    You're welcome!

  8. canoe_cg


    Joined Aug 5, 2014
    4 posts, 8 likes
    Catalina Capri-18
    US Newport, WA Bayview, ID
    We use our v-berth to hold some of your sailing gear and other stuff; i.e. spinnaker, rain gear, overnight bag, line, and at times our granddaughter. Our granddaughter loves to go sail camping with us as much as she can, and she still fits at age eleven. We manage her in the v-berth by doubling blankets up over the center cushion and keep her feet forward.

    It is true that the Catalina Capri 18 v-berth is small, but that is okay. This boat is small and compact, just the size we want for our greatest fun in sailing. Have fun sailing this next spring. Here is a little video that I put together of my sailing adventure with a friend and his sons last weekend… This is really a nice boat.

    Last edited: Sep 18, 2017
  9. CaptDon01


    Joined Nov 19, 2008
    2,129 posts, 156 likes
    Catalina C-22 MK-II
    US Parrish, FL Parrish, FL
    The Capri-18 is a GREAT boat and way overbuilt. Best boat by far in her size in my opinion. Yes, the V-berth is pretty small, we just used it for storage and slept on the really nice large quarter berths. But it was only my wife and I cruising on the boat. Here are a few modifications we made to our Capri-18:

    CAPRI 075.jpg

    A bimini mounted on an adjustable track sure makes a nice cover while sailing, and is GREAT to keep the dew out of the cabin when sleeping on board with the hatch boards removed


    Autopilot installation, sure makes life easy not having to man handle the tiller on long trips


    Boom kicker installed, helps with light air for a nice full main

    CAPRI 029.JPG

    Johnson Quick Lever on the backstay. Simplifies rigging. Leave it loose, and once the forestay is attached, all you do is pull the lever and the rigging is nice and secure.

    CAPRI 028.JPG

    Installed the depth sounder transducer under the compainionway

    CAPRI 046.JPG

    Very cheap and easy to bring the halyards back to the cockpit. I just turned the machine screw for the mast raising system over and installed an eye-nut. Attached a couple blocks that serve as turning blocks for the halyards to come to the cockpit with a simple cleat to secure them.

    STEP 002.JPG

    Plywood cover for a milk crate for more storage and a nice step into the cabin. Fit's in the cockpit also for a nice table for your morning coffee or lunch

    STEP 003.JPG

    Bottom view of the milk crate cover

    VHF 002.JPG

    Masthead VHF antenna installation

    VHF 01.JPG

    Mounted the VHF on the overhead using a mount I fabricated that uses the same holes for the halyard cleat on the cabin top

    Last edited: Oct 27, 2017
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  10. Parsons


    Joined Jul 12, 2011
    470 posts, 126 likes
    Catalina 36
    US Bay City, MI
    These are great modifications, and even better documentation, CaptDon01! This reminds me of an old book called "Sailing Big on a Small Sailboat" by Jerry Cardwell, where he outlines affordable improvements that can be made to smaller sailboats to make them more comfortable. You should write your own book because you're the master at this.

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