AHPC CAPRICORN F18 Owner`s manual

CAPRICORN F18 OWNER’S MANUAL
Capricorn F18 Owner’s Manual v1.2
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AHPC CAPRICORN F18
OWNER’S MANUAL
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Table of content
1.
1.1.
1.2.
1.3.
1.3.1.
1.3.2.
1.3.3.
1.4.
1.4.1.
1.4.2.
2.
2.1.
2.2.
2.3.
2.4.
2.4.1.
2.4.2.
2.4.3.
2.4.4.
2.4.5.
2.4.6.
2.4.7.
2.4.8.
2.4.9.
2.4.10.
2.4.11.
3.
3.1.
3.1.1.
3.1.2.
3.1.3.
3.1.4.
3.1.5.
3.1.6.
3.1.7.
3.1.8.
3.2.
3.2.1.
4.
4.1.
4.2.
4.3.
4.4.
4.5.
Introduction ........................................................................................................... 4
About this owner’s manual .................................................................................... 4
General information............................................................................................... 5
Information connected with the risk of flooding and stability ................................. 5
Loading advice ...................................................................................................... 5
Openings in the hull .............................................................................................. 5
Stability, Capsize and Recovery ........................................................................... 6
Recommendations and information for proper operation...................................... 6
Danger from overhead power lines and other obstacles....................................... 6
Towing on the water.............................................................................................. 6
Assembly............................................................................................................... 7
Glossary ................................................................................................................ 7
Tools needed ........................................................................................................ 7
Arrival of goods ..................................................................................................... 8
Capricorn F18 boat assembly ............................................................................... 8
Hulls ...................................................................................................................... 8
Beams ................................................................................................................... 9
Trampoline ............................................................................................................ 9
Mast .................................................................................................................... 10
Rigging ................................................................................................................ 11
Raising the mast ................................................................................................. 12
Lowering the mast............................................................................................... 15
Spinnaker pole .................................................................................................... 15
Boom................................................................................................................... 17
Rudders............................................................................................................... 19
Centreboards ...................................................................................................... 20
Sailing ................................................................................................................. 21
Preparing to sail .................................................................................................. 21
Battens ................................................................................................................ 21
Raising the main sail ........................................................................................... 21
Lowering the main............................................................................................... 22
Setting the main sail............................................................................................ 22
Raising the jib...................................................................................................... 24
Raising the spinnaker.......................................................................................... 26
Beach trolley ....................................................................................................... 29
Launching............................................................................................................ 29
On the water........................................................................................................ 29
Recovery ............................................................................................................. 29
Tuning ................................................................................................................. 31
Platform............................................................................................................... 31
Rudder alignment................................................................................................ 31
Rig tension .......................................................................................................... 31
Mast rake ............................................................................................................ 32
Spreader rake ..................................................................................................... 32
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4.7.
4.8.
4.9.
4.10.
5.
6.
7.
7.1.
7.2.
8.
8.1.
8.2.
8.2.1.
8.2.2.
8.3.
8.3.1.
8.3.2.
8.3.3.
8.3.4.
8.3.5.
8.3.6.
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Diamond tension ................................................................................................. 32
Pre-bend ............................................................................................................. 33
Batten tension ..................................................................................................... 33
General Sailing Philosophy of Catamarans ........................................................ 33
General settings .................................................................................................. 34
Maintenance........................................................................................................ 35
Transportation ..................................................................................................... 36
Parts ................................................................................................................... 37
Lines specification Capricorn F18 ....................................................................... 37
Parts list Capricorn F18....................................................................................... 37
Warranty.............................................................................................................. 43
Warranty form ..................................................................................................... 43
Warranty description ........................................................................................... 44
The Full Warranty Period .................................................................................... 44
The Pro-rata Warranty Period ............................................................................ 44
Warranty conditions ............................................................................................ 44
This Warranty is provided on the following conditions ........................................ 44
Exclusions, this Warranty does not cover ........................................................... 45
Operation Limitations .......................................................................................... 45
Limitations ........................................................................................................... 45
Responsibilities ................................................................................................... 45
Voided warranty .................................................................................................. 45
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Introduction
Congratulations with your new Capricorn F18. We were delighted creating the Capricorn F18. It
has exceeded all our expectations; and when we see people's reactions after their first sail we
know, they too, are delighted with it.
Greg Goodall
Managing Director
Australian High Performance Catamarans Pty. Ltd.
1.1.
About this owner’s manual
This manual has been compiled to help you operate your Capricorn F18 catamaran with safety and
pleasure. It contains details of the boat and equipment fitted. Please read it carefully and
familiarize yourself with the boat before using it.
Please ensure that you are able to handle the catamaran in the anticipated wind and sea
conditions before venturing out. This craft has been classified (in Australia) as a category C vessel,
meaning a boat designed to operate in winds up to force 6 on the Beaufort scale and associated
wave heights.
This owner’s manual is not a course on boating safety or seamanship. If this is your first beach
catamaran, or if your unfamiliar with it, please ensure you obtain handling experience before
“assuming command” of the boat. Your dealer, National Sailing Federation or Yacht Club will be
pleased to advice you of local sailing schools, or competent instructors.
This owner’s manual is not a detailed maintenance or trouble shooting guide. In case of difficulties,
always refer to APHC or its proper representative.
Always use trained and competent people for maintenance, fixing and modifications of your
Capricorn F18. APHC cannot be held responsible for modifications they have not approved.
Note also that any change in the disposition of masses aboard may significantly affect the stability,
trim and performance of your boat
Users of the boat are advised that:
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All crew should receive suitable training.
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The boat should not carry more than the manufacturer’s recommended load.
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Stability is reduced by any weight added high up.
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Hatches must be sealed before leaving the shore
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Breaking wave are a serious stability hazard
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Buoyancy aids are recommended to wear at all times by all crew for their own safety.
In some countries, a driving licence or authorisation may be required, or specific regulations might
apply. Please familiarize yourself with these.
Always maintain your boat properly and make allowance for the deterioration that will occur in time
and as a result of heavy use or misuse of the boat.
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Any boat, how strong it may be, can be severely damaged if not used properly. This is not
compatible with safe boating.
Please keep this owner’s manual in a safe place and hand it over to the new owner when you sell
the boat.
1.2.
General information
Manufacturer: Australian High Performance Catamarans Pty. Ltd. (AHPC)
Model: Capricorn F18
Category C: A boat designed to operate on winds up to force 6 on the Beaufort scale and
associated wave heights (significant waves up to 2 metres) Such conditions may be
encountered on exposed inland water, in estuaries and in coastal waters in moderate
weather conditions.
A significant wave height is the mean height of the highest one third of the wave, which
approximately corresponds to the wave height estimated by an experienced observer.
Some waves will be double this height.
Maximum Recommended Load:
bx 2
b+ b + luggage = 200 kg.
Specifications: Length (LH1) = 5,5 metre
Width (BH1) = 2,6 metre
Mast height = 9,1metre
Main sail area = 15.3 m2
Jib area (optional) = 4,15 m2
Mast area = 1,7 m2
Spinnaker area = 21 m2
Maximum draft = 1.250 mm with centre boards down
Maximum draft = 250 mm with centre boards and rudders up
Weight fully rigged = 180 kg
Identification: Hull identification number on stern of each hull.
1.3.
Information connected with the risk of flooding and stability
1.3.1. Loading advice
Keep the total weight of provisions, miscellaneous equipment not supplied by the manufacturer
and persons aboard below the Maximum Recommended Load and suitably distributed.
1.3.2. Openings in the hull
Hatch covers in the stern and deck must be sealed before leaving the shore. When storing the boat
ashore, be sure to have the holes covered and it may be wise to leave the hatches open for
ventilation purposes.
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1.3.3. Stability, Capsize and Recovery
This boat is intended to be recovered after a capsize by the crew. The minimum crew weight
needed is 130 kg. When using the correct technique, the wind that aides in your capsize, will also
assist you in the recovery. See for the proper technique the Recovery chapter later n this Owner’s
Manual.
1.4.
Recommendations and information for proper operation
1.4.1. Danger from overhead power lines and other obstacles
When rigging and moving your boat, please look up and inspect the overhead area. Observe the
location of overhead power lines and trees. These obstacles can damage your boat are potentially
dangerous to yourselves
1.4.2. Towing on the water
When towing is required, make sure that:
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The tow rope is secure around the mast foot or mast step.
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The boat is towed at a low speed.
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The tow line is fastened in such a way, that it can be released when under load
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The tow line is of sufficient length to manoeuvre safely.
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Assembly
2.1.
Glossary
Aft: Back of the boat.
Bow: Front of the boat.
Batten: Thin strip which fits into a long narrow pocket in the sail. It will give the sail its shape.
Bridle wire: One of the two wires connected to the bow and forestay.
Boom: Spar at the foot of the sail.
Centre board: A retractable plate that that reduces sideway drift. Also known as dagger board.
Cleat: Fitting used for holding / securing ropes.
Clew: Lower most after-most corner of a sail.
Crossbar: Bar that connects the rudders on each hull.
Dolphin striker: Load bearing strap under the front beam.
Downhaul: Rope to stretch the luff of the sail. Also referred to as Cunningham.
Foot: Bottom edge of the sail.
Forestay: Wire supporting the mast in the fore and aft direction.
Gunwale: Outermost edge of the hull.
Goose neck: A hinge fitting connecting the boom to the mast.
Halyard: Rope or wire used to lower or hoist sails
Head: The top corner of the sail.
Hound: Point where the stays are connected to the mast
Jib: Front sail.
Jib Sheet: Control rope for the jib.
Leeward: The side of the boat the sails are set to when sailing.
Leech: Trailing edge of the sail.
Luff: Front edge of the sail.
Main sheet: Rope controlling the position of the main sail.
Mast rake: Angle of the mast to the hull.
Mast step; Fitting on the boat where the mast is connected to the front beam.
Pintel: Fitting on the transom and rudder used to hang.
Rudder stock: Carrier of a rudder blade and has an arm to steer.
Shackle: U-shaped metal strip with a pin to secure halyards etc.
Shrouds: Wire supporting the mast in the lateral direction.
Spinnaker: Isometric sail hoisted when sailing downwind.
Spinnaker pole: the pole, which extends to fly the spinnaker.
Spreaders: Metal struts placed in pairs to support the mast control the bend in the mast.
Stamaster: Adjustable stay connector to chain plate.
Stern: Back of the boat.
Tack: Forward lower corner of the sail.
Tiller: (Telescopic) rod connected to the cross bar to steer the boat.
Traveller: Track running side to side on which the main sheet is attached.
Transom: Flat vertical plane of the end of the hull.
Trapeze: Wire to extend the body beyond the gunwale.
Windward: The side of the boat opposite to where the sails are set to when sailing.
2.2.
Tools needed
Your Capricorn F18 can be assembled without an expensive tool kit, but be advised to have ready
with you the following tools:
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Sharp knife
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Cross head screw driver Philips #2
Small screwdriver
7 mm ring spanner
17 mm ring spanner or preferably a hexagonal socket
24 mm open spanner
Torque wrench (optional)
Pop rivet tool
Shackle tool
Tape measure
Duralac sealant (anti corrosive paste)
A roll of tape for split rings
2.3.
Arrival of goods
A typical shipment directly from AHPC would involve in average about 3 cardboard boxes and 1
long package in which the entire catamaran can be transported:
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2 Long card board boxes containing a hull each.
1 Shorter cardboard box for the beams, sail, boom, foils and rudder stocks.
1 Single long package for the mast, depending on the way of shipment this might also be a
steel crate.
Should your boat have come through a local dealer, most of the assembly work has probably
already been done for you, but still take this manual as a reference for building up and dismantling
your Capricorn F18 when transporting and storing.
2.4.
Capricorn F18 boat assembly
2.4.1. Hulls
Place the 2 cardboard boxes that contain the hulls parallel on a flat surface approximately 2 metres
apart and cut the top part open. The sides of the boxes may be folded down to have a clean and
protective working surface. The 2 cardboard frames per box should keep the hulls upright. Mind
you, those dry cardboard boxes can be slippery.
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2.4.2. Beams
The beams are ready to go onto the boat, all beam bolts are numbered for their position in the
beams.
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Make sure that the rear and front beam are facing the correct way. On the rear beam the
eyelets for the traveller cord should be facing backwards. Apply sufficient grease to the
threaded part of all bolts before inserting them into the hull. Get all the bolts started before
tightening the 1st bolt. Be careful not to over tighten or cross thread the bolts. If a particular
bolt is being difficult to fit then fit this bolt first.
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Use a 17 mm hexagonal socket or a 17 mm spanner to tighten the bolts properly. The bolts
should be set to 20Nm using a torque
wrench.
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In case a torque wrench is not at hand,
a weighing clock (as used in fishing for
instance) connected to a 17 mm ring
spanner will do the job too. If the ring
spanner would have an effective length
of 0, 15 m, the clock should read 13.5
kg for 20Nm.
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Do not forget to check the bolts from
time to time as some setting will occur
during the firsts boating. In no case
exceed the recommended 20 Nm as
over tightening will result in a damaged
threads
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Finally, after the platform has been assembled, the dolphin striker needs to be tensioned.
Use a 24 mm spanner to extent the pole between the front beam and the striker strap. The
centre of the front beam should be 10 mm higher then on the ends. The front beam is then
bent up and slightly pre-stressed.
2.4.3. Trampoline
Fitting the trampoline might take some effort as it new and has not yet been stretched from use.
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The trampoline should already be attached to the front beam. If not slide it into the front
beam groove and refit the front beam end plate.
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Fold the trampoline upwards and insert the cords on either side in the track of the hull.
Adding a little Teflon or silicon base lubricant to the track and on the cord of the trampoline
will ease the work considerably.
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Slide the trampoline down the track on each hull. This is best done with 1 person on either
side of the platform and does require some care to pull the trampoline backwards. Keep it
even on each side as it moves down the hulls. You may need to help feed the tramp into the
track once it pulls tight across the boat. Finally slide the alloy tube into the pocket at the rear
end.
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Use the 3mm cord to lace the tramp to the rope buttons on the rear beam. Pull very tight as
you move across the boat. Use the rope buttons on the rear beam to absorb the surplus
length of the cord after tensioning.
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The shock cord for the skipper’s trapeze wires should pass underneath all other lines and
around the striker post.
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The righting rope should be attached to the front beam by passing outwards through a
saddle on either side with a stop knot and kept tight and flat in a V-shape backwards under
the trampoline by a shock cord running from the front beam, through an shackle at the rear of
the tramp. In this way, sufficient righting line is always available without having it on deck.
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On the trampoline, toe straps have been provided, running from the front beam to the rear
beam. Fold the outer edges of the loop at its end inwards for more strength and tie the toe
straps to the saddles on the rear beam using a half hitch on the strings not dissimilar to tying
the battens. Secure the loose ends by adding another reef knot on the half hitch. Check the
tension from time to time. Some like it to be taut; others prefer it to be slack.
2.4.4. Mast
The mast supplied from your local dealer will be fully fitted out ex works. If the mast has been
shipped to you some fittings may be required to be fitted to complete the mast. All holes are
predrilled and all components and rivets are supplied. Please, fit all the items first and go sailing
with the factory settings before attempting any adjustment. Factory settings are set out in the
tuning guide. Familiarize yourself with the boat and it’s characteristics before making any
adjustment whatsoever.
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If not already fitted, the mast requires the mast spanners to be riveted in place. The required
pop rivets should have been taped to the spanner. Apply some Duralac or anti corrosive
paste on the facing surfaces and some as well on the head of the rivet before inserting. This
will prevent electrolytic corrosion of the different metals due to (salt) water creeping in.
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Then get the spreaders on and when fitted correctly, they should be pointing backwards, in
the direction of the sail track. Fit the spreader in their respective brackets and secure the
locknuts at the front using a 7 mm spanner and secure the split rings at the back using a
piece of tape. Note that the spreaders are set to standard length.
Spreader arm
Rake adjusters
Anti-foul loop
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Connect the diamond wires to the mast, if not already pre-assembled and set to a standard
tension.
Now it is time to fit the diamond wires to the spreaders. The mast should lie flat and put your
feet at one side of the mast at either side of the spreader. In order not to damage the mast, it
is wise to take off your shoes or cover up the mast. Pull back the diamond wire until it
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notches onto the spreader. Secure the
diamond wire by screwing on the cap of the
Cap
spreader, but do not tighten yet.
Go over to the other side. You will notice this
takes considerably more strength as one
side of the mast has been stiffened by the
first diamond wire. Repeat notching over the
diamond wire and screw on the cap. Make
sure the spreaders are perpendicular to the
face of the mast.
Spreader length adjustment
Adjust the diamond tension as set out in the
tuning guide.
If necessary, fit the mast rotator arm. The holes have been predrilled on the mast and the
rivets have been taped to the piece itself. Apply some Duralac or silicone kit to the facing
surfaces and rivets, before tightening the rotator arm with the 4 rivets. Off course the arm
should face backwards when fitted.
2.4.5. Rigging
With the mast still lying flat, sail track down, roll out the stays and trapeze wires to be fitted.
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The 2 side stays and the 1 forestay must be fitted to the bottom eye of the hound at the
upper mast part. Use the large shackle to connect the lower eye. Keep the shackle centred
and upright by adding washers left and right along the pin. Assure yourself that the fore stay
is in the middle of the 2 side stays.
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Fit the trapeze wires to the top eye using the smaller shackle. Here too, washers may be
used to keep the shackle upright.
The side stays have Stamaster adjusters, to fit the chain plates of the hulls near the front
beams. The front stay attaches to the bridle plate and via 2 bridles to the chain plates at the
bows. Make sure the bridles are connected to the chain plates at the bows using the
shackles, before raising the mast and in such a way, the bridle plate can be held upwards
without a twist.
Do not forget to secure all shackles with a set of pliers or appropriate shackle tool.
2.4.6. Raising the mast
The usual procedure is to raise the mast from the back of the boat. In this case, it might be helpful
to have the sterns facing windward, making raising the mast easier. Also height differences in
terrain condition may be used to good advantage.
The hinged mast step allows the mast to be raised and lowered from any direction. The key to this
is that the front of the mast must face the direction that it is to be raised from, or lowered to.
Raising the mast requires minimal 2 persons. The usual procedure would be:
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Put the assembled platform on a flat surface, preferably with its sterns windward.
Sail track down for connecting stays
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Raise the mast from the back of the boat.
Position the mast on the boat, sail track down, with the base of the mast just forward of the
main beam and the top of the mast out the stern.
Connect the side stays to the corresponding chain plates, with the Stamaster adjusters at
maximum length. Rigging the 1st time the Stamaster will be fitted permanently to the chain
plates, so the next time the mast is raised, only the flat threaded part my be inserted to the
nut.
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Keep the trapeze wires loose and untangled. `
Mast step and
pin
Trapeze wires
Sail track up for raising the mast
Hinge pin in mast step
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Turn the mast over, sail track up, and connect the base of the mast to the mast step using
the hinge pin trough the aligned holes of both mast foot and mast step.
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Walk the mast up from the stern. At the same time the 2nd person should be pulling the mast
up using one of the trapeze wires.
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When the mast is vertical allow the mast to rotate so that sail groove now faces backwards.
Hold the mast upright with one of the trapeze wires while the forestay is connected to the
forestay bridle.
Set the front stay to the appropriate hole on the bridle tube for the required mast rake.
Adjust the Stamasters to tighten the rig properly.
Take out the hinge pin from the mast step.
Connect the trapeze wires to their shock cords.
2.4.7. Lowering the mast
This is basically the reverse as raising the mast:
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Put the mast step hinge pin in place.
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Remove the boom and spinnaker pole first.
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Lessen the tension on the side stays.
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Undo at least on trapeze wire.
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Use that trapeze wire to pull the mast forward, releasing pressure on the pin at the bridle
tube.
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Turn the mast around so that the front side is facing the direction in which the mast will be
lowered.
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Gently ease the trapeze wire to slacken the side stays. Stand on the trampoline to lower the
mast down, since at a certain point the mast cannot be held by the trapeze wire alone. Be
careful not to drop the mast on the track of the rear beam.
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Undo the remaining trapeze wires and take the Stamasters apart.
2.4.8. Spinnaker pole
The spinnaker pole may require the snuffer ring to be riveted in place if the boat has not been
supplied from your local Dealer. The pole and ring have been predrilled and the required pop rivets
should have been taped to the ring.
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Put the spinnaker bag over the spinnaker
Spinnaker pole
pole using the sewn in pockets and slide the
chute into the groove of the ring if it has not
been done already by the factory.
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Fit the spinnaker pole to the front beam
using the pin and retainer clip. Make sure
the pin also secures the halyard block at the
base of the spinnaker pole. Connect the
front braces to the bow at the required
length, indicated by the luff length of the
spinnaker itself and the preferred height of
Groove
the spinnaker pole tip. Assure that both
braces have the same working length and
that the loop is shorter than the tail with its
end knot. Under tension the loop will be tightened, not the tail over the bow tip. Pass the loop
in the end of the brace through the hole in the bow and the rope tail then passes through the
loop on the outside to prevent the loop coming out of the bow holes.
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Lift the centre of the spinnaker pole and run the support line from the bridle plate under the
spinnaker pole, it will bend slightly upwards. Make sure the small s-hook cannot jump of the
bridle plate.
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Tail
Front brace
Knot
Loop
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Connect the 2 shock cords at the end of the chute to the loops under the trampoline. This
should keep the chute taught.
2 mm line from
pole to ring
2 mm line
from
chainplate to
ring
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Run the rear 2 mm cord from the ring to corresponding bridle chain plate and lead the other 2
mm cord forward to close the gap between the ring and the pole.
S-hook
Support line
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Turn the boat onto its side to access the top block of the spinnaker halyard.
Tie one end of the 3.0mm Dyneema halyard to the top eye of the fore stay.
Feed on the double ended halyard block onto the halyard and then take the free end and
pass it through the top spinnaker halyard block on the mast.
Tie the halyard temporarily to the spinnaker ring.
Take the 4mm Spectra halyard cord coming out of the block at the base of the spinnaker
pole and pass it through the anti-foul loop at the diamond arms. Next pass it through the free
half of the double-ended halyard block and back down through the anti-foul loop and cleat off
the halyard on the halyard cleat on the side of the mast.
Now feed the halyard end from the cleat through the pulley on the front of the tramp.
Continue the spinnaker halyard through to a shock cord tensioned retaining ring and back
through another small deck block into an oval aperture of the trampoline. This part of the
halyard will be now be the retrieval line.
Grab the retrieval line underneath the trampoline and feed it through the eyelet in the
spinnaker chute where it should exit the ring on the spinnaker pole.
Tie it of temporarily to the ring.
Now right the boat.
2.4.9. Boom
To be attached to the mast is the boom, holding the main outhaul and the mast rotator line.
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Insert the block onto the goose neck and put the pin through the holes, from top to bottom.
Secure the pin with the retaining clip. To keep the clip from getting lost, secure it with a small
line to an object on the mast.
Goose neck
Rotator arm
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Out of the mast rotator arm comes a line that passes through a small block. Connect that
small block to the saddle on the underside of the boom. When attaching, give sufficient slack
to move the boom freely. The mast rotator lines should be coming out of swivel cleats on
either side of the mast.
The strap for the main sail and main sheet is a tight fit over the outhaul.
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Clew
Main sail strap
Toe strap
2.4.10. Rudders
Rudder stocks are uniquely starboard and port. When fitted correctly the rudder stocks should face
inwards in the direction of the mast.
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Lubricate the transom pintels and bushes in the rudderstocks with silicon spray.
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Place the stocks onto the pintels at the transom. Make sure the lock plates snap over the
casting and if safety requirements require it, fit the retaining clips on the bottom pins as well.
The cross bar has easy connectors for a quick assembly. Make sure the easy connector for
the tiller extension is facing upwards/frontward.
Attach the tiller extension to the cross bar using the easy connectors.
Easy connectors
Pintels
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Make sure to keep the rudder blades in the protective covers during transportation and
storage.
2.4.11. Centreboards
Both centreboards are essentially the same, but the strap fitted to them makes them starboard and
port. The straps should have the retainer knot on the outside of the boat, when fitted. Always make
sure that you push and lift the centre board perpendicular to the face of the hull.
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Before putting the centreboards in their casing, rinse the felt lining with water to get rid of
sand and other stuff that might damage the board when pushing it down in a dry condition.
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Put the centre board in corresponding hulls and slide it downwards. The felt will retain the
board in its position.
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The strap connecting the centerboards should pass under the toe straps and all other lines
on the tramp deck. Pulling the strap will raise the boards from either side of the boat.
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Make sure to keep the centreboards in the protective covers during transportation and
storage.
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Sailing
3.1.
Preparing to sail
Now most of the essential equipment has been fitted properly, it is about time to set the sail and
start out on the water. Before doing so, some work has to be done.
3.1.1. Battens
The main sail contains battens that assist in giving the sail its shape. Battens are numbered 1-7,
top to bottom and are of different length.
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Roll the main sail out on a flat surface an slide the battens in their corresponding sleeves.
Make sure the tapered end fits nicely into the plastic batten pocket ends.
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Run the 2 ends trough the hole in the batten, bottom to top and return the ends through the
top eyelet, top to bottom. Move the batten to either side to make some room if the sleeve is a
bit tight.
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Separate the ends on either side and apply a half hitch around the double tie in string snugly
against the top eyelet, you just ran both end through.
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Push the batten inwards with both thumbs, whilst keeping an end of the tie string in either
hand. The half hitch will prevent the batten from coming loose again. When sufficient
pressure has been applied and the batten has the proper curve, secure the tie in string with a
reef knot on top of the half hitch. Feed the remaining ends back into the pocket.
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When rolling up the main sail again, take out the batten nr.1 from the top pocket and stow it
in a lower pocket.
3.1.2. Raising the main sail
Half hitch around double tie in
The main sail is raised using the main halyard that should already be fitted to the mast and to
which the Aussie ring (a ring with a welded on shackle) is knotted on. Make sure the halyard has a
small and tight knot to the ring and shackle part and an end knot where it exits the base halyard
pulley at the bottom of the mast.
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Set the boat with its bows to the wind.
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Lay the main sail on the trampoline with the luff towards the mast track. Depending on how
the main sail has been rolled, it may be required to unroll it complete for exposing the top
eyelet.
Halyard runs between mast and ring
Tie knot here
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Attach the Aussie ring at the top eyelet of the main sail and ensure your self that the halyard
is between the ring and mast track. If not the main sail will not engage the hook on the top of
the mast.
Just above the boom, the mast track opening is wider to allow the luff of the main sail to
enter the track.
Insert the main sail in the groove. Gently pull up the main sail using the halyard. Especially
the pockets of the battens may need some assistance entering the groove.
On top, the ring will snap over the hook and once the ring is over the hook, pull the main sail
down to secure the ring in the notch of the top hook and feed the remaining luff into the mast
track.
Stow away the halyard line into the pocket of the trampoline.
3.1.3. Lowering the main
Lowering the main sail is somehow the reverse, but there are a few points to notice.
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It may be helpful to remove the boom from the clew before lowering the main sail.
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Pull the halyard, to lift the ring from the hook at the mast top and rotate the mast whilst
keeping the main sail into the wind. To which side depends on where the halyard passes the
hook.
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This should turn the hook out of the ring; with the mast still rotated pull the sail down from the
hook. Align the mast and sail and the sail can be pulled down. Before rolling up the main sail
take out the batten nr.1 from the top pocket and stow it in a lower pocket.
3.1.4. Setting the main sail
Keep the boat in the wind. The shape of the main sail is determined by 3 adjusters; Outhaul, main
sheet and downhaul, also known as Cunningham. Each of them has to be set up to be able to sail
properly.
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Connect the clew of the main sail to the strap over the back end of the boom. The strap has
a twisted shackle sewn in on top, which the clew eyelet will fit into.
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Push the attached pin through the shackle (yes, the thread has been removed) and run the
short shock cord, around the main sail and onto the pin to keep the pin locked in place. It is
very easy to release the main by pulling the pin, for instance a quick action at beaching.
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Now connect the little outhaul block from the rear of the boom also to the twisted shackle.
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Fit the bottom block of the main sheet system to the traveler car on the rear beam and
secure the shackle.
Twisted shackle
Outhaul
Main sheet block
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Locate the loose end of the main sheet and tie it to the loose end of the traveler line. Make
sure the stopper on the traveler line prevents the traveler car from hitting the beam bolts at
the ends of the traveler track.
Hook on the top block of the main sheet system to the boom strap and make sure the main
sheet has sufficient slack to allow the boom to swing freely for now.
Connect the downhaul to the sail. It consists of 2 single tack pulleys that go either side of the
main sail. Run the rope loop from one of the blocks through the eyelet of the main sail and tie
it off to the other block by running the knotted end of the rope through the rope loop.
Knot
Loop
Both
trough
eyelet
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The single bottom block is attached to a bracket just above the base of the mast.
Tack pulleys
Downhaul
S-hook
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The S-hook on the end of the downhaul rope hooks into a hole at the back of the mast base.
3.1.5. Raising the jib
The jib of the Capricorn F18 is self tacking.
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Align the rolled up jib with the luff (that is where the zipper is) to the fore stay by standing
between the bridle and the front beam.
Jib halyard
Halyard loop
Fore stay
Purchase with S-hook
Jib downhaul
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Attach the jib halyard to the top webbing loop of the jib and run both the fore stay and the
halyard in the zip pocket.
Pulling the halyard raises the jib. Some care must be applied when halyard loop enters the
pocket from the top.
When the jib is fully raised, fit the tack of the jib into the bracket at the bottom of the forestay
adjuster.
Attach the S-hook with the
purchase of the jib downhaul to
halyard eye. The jib downhaul
line runs back through its
pulleys on the bridle and chain
plate to the cleat on front beam.
The correct downhaul tension
may be applied once the main
sheet has been properly set.
The remaining thin jib halyard
might be folded into the zip
pocket of the jib luff.
Jib downhaul cleat
Connect the jib sheet from the
self tacker car to the clew of the
jib. Selecting the appropriate
hole on the clew plate will
change the sheeting angle of
the jib.
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3.1.6. Raising the spinnaker
Raising the spinnaker on the water takes some preparation work ashore before setting out. This
should be done in a sheltered area or only in light winds.
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Now set the boat with its stern into the wind and fold out the spinnaker from its bag.
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Attach the halyard coming from the mast top
to the head eyelet and attach the line
coming from the tip of the spinnaker pole to
the tack eyelet.
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Run the retrieval line coming from the chute
ring through the small ring of the lower
patch, then through the middle patch, all the
way up to the retrieval ball attached to the
top patch. Tie the retrieval line to the
retrieval ball.
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Now take the loop in the middle of the
spinnaker sheet and put it through the clew
Top halyard block
eyelet of the spinnaker. Pass the spinnaker
sheets through the protruding loop and
secure the formed hitch firmly at the clew.
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Now hoist the spinnaker. Keep the
spinnaker sheets a bit taut to let the
Spi pole tip
spinnaker set properly. Take one of the
spinnaker sheets and pass it inside the
crew’s trapeze wire connected to the end of
the front beam. Run the end of the
spinnaker sheet through the Smart Ratchet
on the deck. Make sure that the sheet goes
through the block in the direction as
indicated by the arrow on the block. The
sheet then passes from the Smart Ratchet
to the turning block attached to the front
beam.
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Top halyard and bal
Spi sheet
Spi clew
Line attaches to top patch
Retrieval ball
Retrieval line
End of spi bag
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The other end of the spin sheet passes around the forestay and is threaded through the
spinnaker blocks the same as the other sheet. The tails of the spinnaker sheet are then tied
together.
When the spinnaker is set fully, unlock the cleat on the mast and pull at the retrieval line
coming out of the trampoline. The spinnaker will fall and the ball will drop on the lower patch,
pulling in the lower part of the spinnaker first. Keep pulling and the spinnaker will gradually
enter the snuffer ring.
The spinnaker is now ready to be hoisted after you have launched the boat.
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Turning block
Smart ratchet block
To spi bag
Shock cord ring
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3.1.7. Beach trolley
The best way to carry the boat to the water is using a beach trolley with appropriate shells, adapted
to the shape of the hull. The shells preferably lined with felt or similar soft material to prevent
damaging the hulls.
With the boat off the trailer, lift the front end (use stern supports for more comfort) and push the
beach trolley under the hulls.
Set the trolley about halfway to have the boat balanced. It is a good opportunity to put all hardware
on deck now for bringing the complete boat to the water line.
3.1.8. Launching
Make sure all hardware is present and set the boat on the beach trolley with its nose in the wind.
Depending on the equipment fitted, perform the task according to the list below. This list is only
meant as a guide for the inexperienced sailor.
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Make sure the dog bones of the trapeze wires are set at the required height.
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Check the spinnaker is correctly attached and stowed in its chute. Check that the spinnaker
sheets run properly outside all other lines.
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Attach the main sheet to the traveller car and to the boom with sufficient slack.
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Raise the main sail. Connect the downhaul and attach the boom to the main sail but do not
apply any sheet tension.
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Put the rudderstocks on their pins and do not forget to check they have snapped in below the
locking plates. Keep the rudder blades locked in their up position for the moment.
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Connect the crossbar and the tiller extension; lay the tiller extension to the side from which
launching will take place.
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Raise the jib, if not done already and lightly sheet it. This will prevent the jib from flapping in
the wind.
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Check that you and your crew are wearing a proper buoyancy aid, trapeze harness, clothing
and anything else that is required by local authorities.
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Roll the complete boat in the water, as soon as it floats, pull out the beach trolley from
underneath and let the crew hold the boat in the wind by keeping the bow to windward.
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Set the dagger boards in their respective cases. They should be fully lifted for the moment.
Alternatively the boards may be set only after launching when conditions require so.
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Climb aboard and lower the rudder blades, if sufficient depth is already present, snap them
into their lower position, if not let them float freely. Steering may be done by trimming the
sails in these conditions.
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Apply some tension the downhaul of the main sail to get some shape in the sail and let the
crew come aboard. The crew should push the boat onto the correct tack before climbing
aboard.
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Sheet in the main (helmsman) and jib (crew) and set the traveller for the proper direction, you
are now on its way under sail. If depth allows lower the centre boards and rudders.
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Adjust mast rotation, downhaul and outhaul to what is needed for the given condition and
course.
3.2.
On the water
3.2.1. Recovery
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Despite the fact that a catamaran is essentially a stable platform an involuntary capsize can
happen in most conditions. Depending on the circumstances, the boat may either be on one hull
with the mast tip in the water, or it can be completely upside down
The Capricorn F18 requires a minimum crew weight of 130 kg to right the boat. Besides the
required righting line on the underside of the trampoline, a few tips will assist in a quick recovery
from a capsized catamaran:
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As soon as you hit the water, release yourself and the crew from all lines in which you might
be entangled, including the trapeze wire and do not let the boat out of your reach. Grab a
hold on any piece of the boat you can; swimming with buoyancy aids will be slow and the
capsized boat may drift faster away than you can swim.
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Climb up one hull as soon as possible and always release the downhaul, mainsheet,
traveller, jib sheet and spinnaker sheet. This will assist in righting the boat and help prevent
the boat from leaving you after righting.
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If the spinnaker was in use at the time of the capsize then it must be pulled into the spinnaker
chute.
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It is essential for righting the boat to point the mast to windward. If not already the case, let
the boat pivot itself by standing on the tip of the lower hull. Slowly the boat will point its mast
to windward.
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Grab the righting line from under the trampoline and position yourself and crew around on
the lower hull between the front beam and the centre board casing.
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Use your weight effectively by trapezing from the righting line using the trapeze hook from
your harness. Lean out as much as you can. The mast will lift from the water slowly with
sufficient weight on the righting rope. Be patient. It can take same time, but as soon as the
mast is out of the water, the wind will assist you by blowing onto the trampoline.
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If no progress is felt; make sure all lines are freed, especially the downhaul and main sheet.
Make sure the mast is pointing to windward, this is essential.
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As soon as the boat is upright, grab the dolphin striker. This will not only keep the boat from
capsizing to the other side, but will also keep you and the crew connected to the boat.
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Climb aboard over the front beam and use the dolphin striker as a step. If this is too high,
alternatively let yourself float (keep hold of the righting line) under the trampoline and use the
rear beam to get aboard.
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Once you and your crew are aboard, check all lines and orientate yourself about your current
position. Continue your initial course or head back when the damage is serious enough to
prevent continuation, or if you and the crew have been injured.
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To recover from a full capsize (mast pointing down) the first priority will be to revert to a
normal capsize situation. Grab the leeward centreboard, or righting line and lean out as far
as you can, level with the water. Be patient as the boat will gradually lift itself, once the
trampoline is out of the water, the wind will assist you.
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Tuning
To achieve good results in regattas or just for fast sailing, it is important to set up the boat for the
conditions of the day
The Capricorn is a very fast high performance F18 with impeccable handling qualities. When you
first sail one you are aware that every thing happens very quickly. This can also include getting into
trouble. As a result it is important that the set up of your boat is kept clean, simple and efficient.
Things that tangle or are difficult to adjust should be eliminated. Almost any system can be made
to work in light winds but if it doesn’t work in strong winds then you would be better not having it on
the boat.
The rig of the Capricorn is derived from latest A-Class developments and is quite different from
traditional F18 set-ups.
This shows especially with the adjustment of the mast rotation. In contrast to basically all other F18
boats, the mast rotation on the Capricorn is reduced with increasing wind speed
The main sail has a special cut. The panels have already a built in twist. Thus the sail opens nicely
even when sheeted relatively hard, which helps to maintain a flat and twisting sail in strong winds.
This means also that the sail must be sheeted very hard in light to medium conditions to
compensate for the built in twist and to close the upper part of the leech.
4.1.
Platform
It is important to have your Capricorn F18 as stiff as possible; ensure that the beam bolts have
been tightened properly with 20Nm each. The beams pads should be fully moulded around the
beam profile. If necessary reseating the beams will improve the overall stiffness of the platform.
Keep the tramp laced up tight as this makes it much easier to move about on the boat.
4.2.
Rudder alignment
The steering and feel of the Capricorn is very light when compared to most F18 catamarans.
Correctly aligning the rudders will have a marked effect on the feel and performance of the boat
The rudder alignment is checked by measuring the distance between the leading edges of the
rudders and then measure the distance between the trailing edge of the rudders.
The rudders need to set up so that they have 0 - 2mm of toe-in. The leading edges of the blades
are closer together than the trailing edges.
Adjust the length of the tiller crossbar if necessary.
4.3.
Rig tension
The rig tension is in general high to avoid the forestay sagging. The limit is passed if the mast no
longer rotates easily, in this case the tension should be slightly reduced.
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For light winds set the side stay tension at approximately 50kg
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In strong winds set the side stay tension at approximately 100kg
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Mast rake
Mast rake affects the trim and balance of the boat. If the boat is sailed with too much mast rake the
boat feels a bit heavy on the rudder, and the acceleration out of the gust becomes a bit slow.
Insufficient mast rake on the other hand can induce a feeling of lee helm when sailing the boat and
pushes the bows down when sailing downwind.
The mast rake is measured with the forward trapeze wire.
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The distance to the attachment point of the forestay (bridle) in the hull is measured. This
requires the trapeze to be extended with a rope. Mark the rope where it hits the chain plate.
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Swing the front trapeze to the back of the boat as it takes the distance measured to the
transom.
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The end point of the marker taken should be about 10cm below the upper edge of the
transom for a normal crew weight.
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Light crews (140 kg or less) can go all the way to the lower transom gudgeon.
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Heavy crews should sail with slightly less mast rake.
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In general the mast rake on the Capricorn F18 is quite substantial compared to other F18
boats.
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The factory setting mast rake will be achieved when setting the pin of the fore stay in the
forestay adjuster on the 3rd hole from the top.
4.5.
Spreader rake
Spreader rake is a method of tuning the fore-aft stiffness of a mast below the hound (fixing point of
stays and trapeze). The ideal amount of spreader rake is depending on the fore-aft stiffness of the
mast and to a lesser extent the amount of luff curve cut into the sail:
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Stiff masts require more spreader rake to bend the mast sufficiently.
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A soft mast requires less spreader rake.
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If you have excellent height, but lack boat speed upwind and the boat does not want
accelerate in a gust, more spreader rake is needed. This helps the mast to bend fore and aft,
allowing the sail to flatten and the leech to open in the gusts. See also the diamond tension
sections.
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If you are lacking height and “grunt” in light to medium winds, you need less spreader rake.
Settings depend on the weight of the crew but currently we recommend:
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Heavy crews may start at 25 mm.
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Light crews may end with 55 mm.
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Factory setting is 35 mm.
4.6.
Diamond tension
The tension on the diamond wires primarily controls the side bends of your mast. Loose diamonds
allow the middle of the mast to bend to leeward and the top of the mast to hook to windward. This
tends to cause the boat to heel very easily in wind gusts. Very tight diamonds do the opposite.
Downwind, tight diamonds keep the mast bent reducing camber and power.
On the Capricorn F18 the factory diamond tension is set at 30 - 34 on the Loose gauge.
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Pre-bend
Pre-bend of a mast is the result of diamond tension, spreader arms rake and mast stiffness. These
days we do not really measure the pre-bend; the same pre-bend can be achieved by varying the
amount of spreader arm rake and the diamond wire tension on a given mast. This is even further
confused when the mast stiffness varies.
4.8.
Batten tension
Battens should be shaped to match the general curvature of the sail. The battens that are
recommended and used for the Capricorn F18 are the Fibrefoam battens. These battens are a
fibreglass foam sandwich construction that is light, strong and have excellent bend characteristics.
Batten stiffness can affect the camber and twist characteristics of a sail. They are an important aid
for tuning your sail and rig.
Battens should be tied firmly into the sail to remove creases along the batten pocket when sailing.
♦
Stiff battens hold the sail flat and help to twist the sail more easily, reducing power.
♦
A soft batten allows the sail to develop more camber and reduces the leach twist, increasing
power.
On the table below the recommended setting per batten has been indicated. Batten stiffness and
the bending apex point can be influenced by filing or sanding the batten on the top and bottom,
never on the sides. Note that given settings may vary in time upon the cut of the sail and utilisation
of different fabrics. In doubt always consult your local dealer or AHPC directly for the best settings
on the sail supplied.
Batten number
(top-bottom)
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
Batten length
(mm)
1.100
1.220
1.520
1.785
2.015
2.160
2.225
Pressure to start
bending (kg)
2,5
2,0
1,4
1,2
1,0
1,0
1,0
Bending apex
From front (%)
44
44
44
44
44
44
44
Bending apex
from front (mm)
484
537
669
785
887
950
979
Battens need to be looked after and stored so that they do not become permanently bent or
twisted.
4.9.
General Sailing Philosophy of Catamarans
“It doesn’t matter where you are going as long as you are going there fast.”
The element of truth in this statement is that boat speed is ultimately important.
Go fast. Look for pressure then angles; opposite priority compared to dinghy.
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4.10. General settings
In the diagrams below, the adjustable parameters are given for a certain wind condition and
course, using it as guide lines will make you get control over the boat more quickly. However
applying those guide lines will not increase your knowledge of how end why, if you are not open to
trail and error and relying on your own judgement. If in doubt, look around, do what top sailors do
and ask why they do this. There is no magic, just experience and understanding the elements and
your boat.
Light wind
1-5 knots
No trapeze
Nose down
Middle
Medium
Upper flow correctly
Just no horiz. wrinkles
100 mm from boom
Pointing to front of
dagger board
Light Traveler 100mm
from end.
Just no horiz. wrinkles
Down
Medium wind
6-15 knots
Both trapeze
Level
Middle
Hard
Flowing both sides
Light - Hard
20-30 mm from boom
Reduce as wind
increases
Adjust to control leech
twist
Firm
Down
Light wind
1-5 knots
No trapeze
Nose down
Out 300 -100
light
Flowing both sides
Medium wind
6-15 knots
Crew only trapeze
Level
Middle
Medium - Hard
Flowing both sides
Light - Hard
Jib sheet
Just no horizontal.
wrinkles
100 mm from boom
Pointing to front of
dagger board
Light
Strong wind
15-25 knots
Crew only trapeze
Nose up
Middle
Hard
Top windward not
flowing
Extremely hard
Jib downhaul
Centre boards
Main traveller
Just no horiz. wrinkles
Down
Middle
20-30 mm from boom
Pointing to front of
dagger board
Adjust to control leech
twist
Firm
200 - 300mm up
Middle
Minimum
Pointing to front of
dagger board
Jib fully off but not
flapping
Tight
500mm up
Middle
Upwind
Crew
Hull attitude
Main traveller
Main sheet
Main tell tales
Main downhaul
Outhaul
Mast rotation
Jib sheet
Jib downhaul
Centre boards
Downwind
Crew
Hull attitude
Main traveler
Main sheet
Main tell tales
Main downhaul
Outhaul
Mast rotation
Strong wind
16-25 knots
Both trapeze
Nose up
Middle
Slightly less hard
Extremely hard
Minimum
Up to 20 knots 25°
Above 20 knots 15°
Hard
Tight
200 - 300mm up
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Maintenance
As like all equipment, care of your boat will result in better appearance, as longer life and a
smoother functioning of all components. A few tips might help you:
♦
After each trip on salt water, spray off with fresh water to avoid salt deposits on blocks,
traveller and joints. On fresh water still traces of mud or algies can appear, rinsing off is
always a good idea.
♦
Rinse out the blocks and lines of the main sheet and the jib, or in general all items that can
came off the boat.
♦
Keep the centreboards and rudderstock in their covers, dry and clean, when not fitted to the
boat. In this way, they are protected from scratches and dents.
♦
The mainsail is best rolled up top to bottom when it is dry, with the diagonal battens (usually
the top one) taken out. Whilst rolling, keep the remaining battens straight and avoid any
excessive twist, or a too tight rolling up as this may finally lead to delamination of the fabric.
♦
The jib is best rolled from top to bottom too when it is dry, but as it has no major battens,
rolling up is easy.
♦
Store the sails best in their sail bags, with no heavy items on top. Dry, dark and without frost
is always good to maintain the quality of the sails.
♦
When storing on the beach, make sure sufficient anchorage is provided to keep the boat
aground under heavy winds. Do not forget that a wing mast alone exposes a surface of about
1, 5 m² to the elements. It is not recommended to store the hull directly on the sand or grass;
osmosis and colouring can occur. It is better to use designated supports to keep the boat
from the ground. For tying to the ground, use a line of sufficient strength and padding on
exposed parts of the hull. Also ratchet belts can be used. Always use the strong points of the
boat to tie it to the anchorage points. They are the beams, dolphin striker and side stay chain
plates.
♦
It is recommended using a cover over the trampoline for storing out in open air. Ultra violet,
that is present in sunlight, can cause the yarn used for sewing to dissolve in long terms. Also
the deposit of birds on the trampoline etc. is avoided.
♦
Keep the tires of the beach trolley well inflated to the recommended pressure. Check the
tires for the manufacturer’s advice in this matter.
♦
Make sure to check the hulls for water after each trip. Open the inspection hatchets aft on the
hulls. As there are no draining plugs, water can be removed using a sponge
♦
At regular intervals check the blocks for smooth running and if the need arises, spray a little
amount of Teflon based lubricant into the wheels. Roll the sheaves by hand to distribute the
lubricant.
♦
Check the rigging for loose strands. If one should be found, tape it, as they can cause nasty
wounds when entering your skin by accident. In any case it is an item to be replaced. Not
only for the risk of injury, but also for the reduction in strength.
♦
Knots and permanently attached shackles should be kept tight at all times.
♦
Lock rings and spring should be taped to prevent them from becoming loose and a risk of
injury.
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Transportation
The Capricorn F18 is light and narrow enough to be easily transported over roads, behind any car,
using a catamaran trailer; however some precautions must be taken.
The hull are best kept on a padded shell, distributing the load evenly over the hull, when tying
down the hulls for transportation Even better it would be to support and fix the front beam, leaving
the hulls there without support and additional tying down.
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Parts
7.1.
Lines specification Capricorn F18
In case lines need to be replaced, please see the table below for the lines that were fitted
originally. In time the specification may be altered due to new designs of components. When
replacing lines with others than originally fitted, make sure the specifications are equal or better
than the original.
Reference Description
Mainsail halyard
Rotation
Downhaul M/Sail Tack
Main Sail Tack
Downhaul Beam
Downhaul Beam
Spinnaker Halyard, part A
Spinnaker Halyard, part B
Jib Line
Jib Sheet
Main Sheet
Righting rope
Tramp lacing
Toe strap lacing
Jib luff Tension A
Jib luff Tension B
Righting rope & spinnaker tramp shock cord
Trapeze shock cord skipper
Trapeze shock cord crew
Control line shock cord
Centreboard up-hauls
Tack
Pole ring brace
Pole ring anti foul
Pole bridle rope
7.2.
Quality
Spectra-4Red
Polyester-4Yellow
Spectra-4Red
Spectra-4Red
Spectra-4Red
Polyester-5Red
Dyneema-3.0Blue
Spectra-4Red
Spectra-4Red
Polyester-5Orange
Matt Polyester 8mm
Double Braid-08W
Spectra-3Pur
Spectra-3Pur
Spectra-4Pur
Spectra-4Pur
SC-4Blk
SC-4Blk
SC-4Blk
SC-4Blk
12mm Webbing
Spectra-4Red
Spectra-3Pur
Polyester-3Pur
Spectra-3 Pur
Length (m)
18.5
8,5
2,5
0,7
2,0
8,0
12,0
19,8
3,0
10,0
10,0
4,0
4,0
1,0
3,0
2,0
3,5
3,7
2,7
4,0
3,6
4,3
1,0
4,5
0,5
Parts list Capricorn F18
The parts list below is a guide for acquiring replacement parts from either your local dealer or
AHPC directly. Due to our aim keeping the Capricorn F18 in the best possible configuration and
the facts that our manufacturers update their product range too, this list may see changes in time.
When ordering parts, please state your hull number as to identify the time of manufacturing and
original specification, the parts reference, its designation (colour) and the quantity needed. In case
the part required is no longer available, please do not hesitate to contact your local dealer or AHPC
directly for advice on a replacement part.
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Description
GYS
Usage
Hull
Hull - ultra stiff glass foam sandwich construction with Vynalester resin
Quantity
GYS500
GYS505
GYS508
GYS509
M8
M8x35
M10
M10x130
GYS506
GYS306
RF661
RF662
M5x35
M5 Nyloc
RPSC-4
RF134
RPSC-4
TLPD650
TLPD639
M5x12
Front beam
Capricorn front beam
Alloy internal beam bracket
Dolphin striker
Striker strap (stainless steel)
Washer
Striker strap bolt
Washer
Bolt
Plastic front beam end plate
Main beam pole mount
Single block, tubular rivet
Double block, tubular rivet
PH X RMT
Nut
Shock cord 4mm x 15m
3/16" Saddle
Shock cord 4mm x 2,8m
Pop rivet
Pop rivet
PH XR m/t.
Main beam
Main beam
Main beam
Main beam
Main beam
Main beam
Main beam
Main beam
Main beam
Spi pole
Control line retrieval
Control line retrieval
Control line retrieval
Control line retrieval
Control line retrieval
Righting rope
Trapeze
Main beam
Main beam
Main beam
1
2
1
1
2
2
4
4
2
1
2
2
2
2
1
2
1
14
6
4
GYS510
GYS515
GYS517
M10
M10x130
GYS516
M5x12
RF1058
RF134
TLPD639
Rear beam
Capricorn Rear Beam
Alloy Internal Beam Brackets
Rope buttons & rivets
Washer
Bolt
Plastic rear beam end plates
PH XR m/t.
Saddle
3/16" Saddle
Pop rivet
Rear beam
Rear beam
Rear beam
Rear beam
Rear beam
Rear beam
Rear beam
Traveller
Toe strap
Rear beam
1
1
11
4
4
2
4
2
2
4
GYS
GYS
GYS
GYS
GYS
Foils & rudders
Centreboard carbon construction incl. cover
Rudder blade incl. cover
Rudder stock with lock down system
Complete crossbar
Complete tiller extension (black comp.glass)
12x1800
XLR-3
XLR-3
XLP-4W
M5 Nyloc
M5x20
3/16”
Deck & hull fittings
Trampoline, 1 piece black or grey mesh, toe straps, halyard pocket.
Alloy tubing
Trampoline
Rope 3mm x 4m
Trampoline
Rope 3mm
Toe strap
Heavy webbing 12mm x 3,6 m
Centreboard uphaul
Nut
Gudgeons
PH XR m/t.
Gudgeons
OS washer
Gudgeons
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2
2
2
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
16
16
16
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PNP55
MM8-4
3/8”x6#
3/8”x6#
RF530
XLR-4Pur
XLR-4Pur
XLP-5R
XLR-4R
RF50
RF418
HA2030
RF616
HA2020
RF67
GYS520
RF20151A
TLPD675
TLPD639
TLPD545
DB-8
RPSC-4
PNP52-C
RF1806
HA2020LZ
HA2030LZ
M5x35
M5 Nyloc
PNP11
RF42100
RF2040
RF134
M5 Nyloc
M5x20
3/16”
TLPD639
RPSC-4
GYS201
RC11922
RF1315
GYS400
GYS410
RF27
3/16”
TLPD675
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Description
Rudder stock retaining clip
Viadana rudder gudgeons
Screw for PNP55
Screw
Hatch cover (large size
Downhaul beam 4mm x 2m
Downhaul M/Sail tack 4 mm x 2,5m
Excel Pro rope (red) 5mm x 8m
Downhaul M/Sail tack 4mm x 0,4m
S-Hook
Single block tubular rivet
Single block
Shackle
Micro block single
Swivelling cleat with deadeye
RF 67 bracket
Micro cheek block
Pop rivet
Pop rivet
Pop rivet
Double braid 8mm x 4m
Shock cord 4mm x 4m
Plastic ring
5/32 Shackle
Stand-up block
Stand-up block
PH XR m/t.
Nut
Plastic ring
Smart ratchet
Single block
3/16" Saddle
Nut
PH XR m/t.
OS washer
Pop rivet
Shock cord 4mm x 3,2m
DB-6 twin tail traveller rope.
Traveller car
Parrel bead
Code flag stickers
Hull foot loop
Toe strap plates
OS washer
Pop rivet
Usage
Gudgeons
Gudgeons
Gudgeons
Hatch cover
Hatch cover
Luff tension
Luff tension
Luff tension
Luff tension
Luff tension
Luff tension
Luff tension
Luff tension
Luff tension
Luff tension
Luff tension
Luff tension
Luff tension
Luff tension
Luff tension
Righting rope
Righting rope
Righting rope
Righting rope
Spinnaker halyard
Spinnaker halyard
Spinnaker halyard
Spinnaker halyard
Spinnaker halyard
Spinnaker sheeting
Spinnaker sheeting
Spinnaker sheeting
Spinnaker sheeting
Spinnaker sheeting
Spinnaker sheeting
Spinnaker sheeting
Trapeze
Trapeze
Trapeze
Trapeze
Hull
Hull foot loop
Hull foot loop
Hull foot loop
Hull foot loop
Quantity
2
4
6
16
2
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
4
2
2
2
2
12
2
1
1
1
1
1
1
4
4
1
2
2
4
4
4
4
4
1
1
1
1
2
2
4
8
8
Mast & fittings
GYS186
GYS78
GYS74
GYS4
GYS24
GYS10B/C
RF568
Wing mast
Base Plug
Hinged mast step
Heavy duty external hound
Gooseneck
Heavy duty halyard lock
Mast
Mast
Mast
Mast
Mast
Halyard
Halyard
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RF264
RF114
XLR-4R
GYS012
GYS33
GYS142
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Description
RF604
XLP-4B
RF20151A
GYS81
RF5
HA2020
RF615A
RF666
RF663
RF614
XLR-3Pur
XLR-3Pur
CLM241AP
RF5
RF134
HA2030
XLR4
XLR4
RF614
XLD-3
RF20281
GYS540
PN1706
M5x12
TLPD639
Excel Racing 4mm x 18,5 m
Mast base halyard sheave
Diamond upper tang
Adjustable diamond arm
Diamond wire 4mm wire swaged turnbuckle
Luff tension tang
Excel Pro 4mm x 8m
Micro cheek block
Mast spanner
Swivel cleat
Micro block sheave
Shackle
Single block
Single block
3/16” Narrow D-shackle
Excel racing 3mm x 3m
Excel racing 3mm x 1,5
Clam cleat
Swivel cleat
3/16" Saddle
Single block
Excel Racing 4mm x 1,2m
Excel Racing 4mm x 0,4m
3/16 Narrow D-shackle
Blue halyard 3mm x 12m
Double Block-inline
Alloy mast head cap
Luff number strip
Screw
Pop rivet
Usage
Halyard
Halyard
Halyard
Halyard
Diamonds
Diamonds
Diamonds
Luff
Mast rotation
Mast rotation
Mast rotation
Mast rotation
Mast rotation
Mast rotation
Jib luff tension
Jib luff tension
Jib luff tension
Jib luff tension
Jib luff tension
Jib luff tension
Spinnaker
Spinnaker
Spinnaker
Spinnaker
Spinnaker
Spinnaker
Spinnaker
Spinnaker
Mast
Mast
Mast
Mast
Quantity
1
1
1
1
2
2
2
1
1
2
1
2
1
1
2
1
2
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
2
2
60
GYS
GYS
GYS
HA4904
RF78B
RF616
GYS
GYS135
GYS
GYS
RF636
RF635
RF617
Rigging
Side stay with StaMaster adjuster
Fore stay with RF 666 pulley
Forestay strop
Jib furler
Fork & eye swivel
Shackle
Jib halyard
Forestay adjuster
Front bridle
Trapeze wire
Hound 5/16” bow shackle
Trapeze hound shackle
1/4" Narrow D-shackle (modified)
Stay
Stay
Stay
Stay
Stay
Stay
Stay
Bridle
Bridle
Trapeze
Trapeze
Trapeze
Bridle
2
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
4
1
1
2
GYS
PS4
RF616
RF20711
RF20151A
Boom section 50mm x 2,35m
Pre stretched rope 4mm x 2m
Shackle
Sheave box
Micro cheek block
Boom
Clew outhaul
Clew outhaul
Clew outhaul
Clew outhaul
1
1
1
1
1
Boom
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Reference
RF20111
RF5
LR0172
HK2631
HK194s
HK2650
RF616A
RF134
TLPD693
TLPD545
Description
Micro block with becket
Swivel cleat
Mainsheet rope 8mm x 10m
Carbo quad block
Ratchet triple with becket and cleat
Carbo single block
Clew shackle with webbing boom loop
3/16" Saddle
3/16” Pop rivet
5/32” Pop rivet
RPVB-3
RF20151A
HA2020
RF616
RF67
XLR-4R
XLP-5W
HA4491
HA2030
TLPD693
TLPD545
Self tacking jib
VB Cord 3mm x 5m
Micro cheek block
Micro block sheave
Shackle
Swivelling cleat with deadeye
Jib rope – pole 4mm x 3m
Jib sheet – beam 5mm x 10m
Self tacking jib system
Single block
3/16” Pop rivet
5/32” Pop rivet
GYS530
3/4” x #6
GYS303
XLR-3Pur
SC-4
PNP13B
XLR-3Pur
RF535
RF9
XLR-4R
XLR-3Pur
RF50
XLR-4R
Nautic
Spinnaker pole & sheeting
Spinnaker pole 40mm x 3,645m
Pole end plug
Spinnaker pole
RH XR ST screw
Spinnaker pole
Spinnaker ring & chute
Spinnaker pole
Pole ring anti foul 3mm x 0,45m
Chute
Shock cord 4mm x 0,4m
Chute
Snap hooks
Chute
Pole ring brace 3mm x 1m
Chute brace
Snap hook
Pole brace
Saddle
Pole brace
Tack brace 4mm x 4m
Pole brace
Pole bridle brace 3mm x 5m
Pole brace
S-hook
Pole brace
Excel Racing 4mm x 19,8
Tack halyard
Spinnaker rope with centre tail 8mm x 16,5m Spinnaker sheet
1
1
1
1
1
2
2
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
Sails
Mainsail, Pentex-Mylar (Apen09)
Battens, set tapered Fibrefoam battens
Jib, Pentex (Apen06) radial cut, zipper luff
Spinnaker, Silicon Nylon, standard colour
1
1
1
1
Options
Carbon reinforced rudder blade
Polyester silicon spinnaker ,other colour (red, blue, white, yellow, blck)
2 Colour spinnaker
3 Colour spinnaker
Beach trolley, stainless steel axle and Eurotrax wheels
Foam stern support
2
1
1
1
1
2
Upgrade
Upgrade
Upgrade
Upgrade
Extra
Extra
Usage
Clew outhaul
Clew outhaul
Main sheet
Main sheet
Main sheet
Main sheet
Main sheet
Rotation
Quantity
1
1
1
1
1
2
1
Jib furler
Spinnaker pole
Jib sheeting
Jib sheeting
Jib sheeting
Jib sheeting
Jib sheeting
Jib track
Jib track
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Extra
Extra
Extra
Extra
Extra
Extra
Extra
Upgrade
Description
Light weight paddle
Silver tow rope 6mm x 15m
Tactic compass and mounting bracket
Full hull cover for trailing (Cotton Lycra)
Bow covers
Boat cover (light duty canvacon)
Boat cover (heavy duty acrylic canvas)
Centre sheeting
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Usage
Quantity
1
1
1
2
2
1
1
1
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Warranty
8.1.
Warranty form
AUSTRALIAN HIGH PERFORMANCE CATAMARANS PTY LTD
ACN 000 161 624
50 Craig Street, Bendigo, Victoria, 3550
(“AHPC”)
CUSTOMER WARRANTY FOR CAPRICORN F18 CATAMARANS
Purpose of Warranty:
To provide customers with the peace of mind that they have a boat which is soundly made, is safe
and practical to sail and own, will stand up to the rigours of normal off the beach club racing, has
good performance and has the potential to be further tuned up into racing conditions by the
customer.
As the purchase of a new catamaran represents a considerable investment, certain conditions are
required to protect all parties involved and to prevent abuse of this warranty. This warranty is
genuine, and we are here to serve you, so in the unlikely event that you feel your new Capricorn
has a problem, please tell us early so we can help.
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Please complete and return to AHPC via your Capricorn agent.
I have read and understand all the parts of this Warranty agreement. I also understand that
It is the responsibility of myself (name) __________________________________ the owner of
Capricorn # (boat number) ______ to comply with this agreement.
Owner name ___________________________________________________________________
Owner signature ________________________________________________________________
Hull and sail number ____________________________________________________________
Date of purchase _______________________________________________________________
Capricorn agent ________________________________________________________________
Agent’s signature _______________________________________________________________
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Warranty description
This warranty is divided into two parts:
8.2.1. The Full Warranty Period
The full warranty period is covering the first year from the customer taking possession of the boat
for the first time. During the Full Warranty Period, AHPC warrants to the customer that AHPC will
at its option repair, replace or adjust free of charge any part of the boat AHPC finds to be defective
in factory materials or workmanship when used within the operating limitations of the boat and the
provisions of this warranty.
8.2.2. The Pro-rata Warranty Period
The Pro-rata Warranty Period is covering the four years from the end of the Full Warranty Period.
During the Pro-rata Warranty Period, AHPC warrants to the customer that it will, at its option,
repair, replace or adjust any hull AHPC finds to be defective in factory materials or workmanship
when used within the operating limitations of the boat and the provisions of this warranty, at
commercial rates less the pro-rata proportion. The pro-rata proportion is 80% in the first year after
the end of the Full Warranty Period less a further 20% for each year thereafter.
8.3.
Warranty conditions
8.3.1. This Warranty is provided on the following conditions
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The defect is not a consequence of the customer’s failure to properly use or maintain the
boat in accordance with good practice, recommendations or instructions, its capacity or
operating limitations or specifications, or to take preventative action to avoid further or
secondary damage occurring if a fault becomes evident
The boat must under normal circumstances be delivered at the customer’s expense to AHPC
or its nominated representative for the warranted works as soon as possible after the need
for the works becomes apparent
This Warranty will not apply to any defect in, or which is attributable to, or which arises from
the use of any modification made to the boat unless the modification has been made by or at
the direction of AHPC
This Warranty does not cover damage or wear and tear arising as a consequence of the use
of beach rollers, the use of a trailer, friction under the hulls, high speed beaching, collisions
or failing to ventilate the boat
All works under this Warranty must be performed by AHPC or its nominated representative at
their premises
This Warranty is non-assignable
Only measured sails, spars and equipment by an official class measurement officer
appointed by the class association, builder and/or importer shall be used
The use of non ‘class legal’ or measured sails, spars and equipment shall void Warranty
This Warranty is subject to the exclusions, operating limitations and responsibilities, which
follow
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8.3.2. Exclusions, this Warranty does not cover
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Damage by heat to composite laminates
“Print” on the hull surface
“Print” from internal frames on the hull skin
Faults resulting from collision or other damage
Scratching of any Gelcoat surface
UV damage to Gelcoat surface
Minor leaks
Masts breaking due to capsize
Masts breaking due to rigging failure after full warranty period has expired
Wear and tear on sheets and ropes and rigging
Damage to sails due to misuse
Damage to sails due to capsize
Damage to sails due to mast breaking
Stretching and general wear and tear of sails
Boat tuning
Fittings - these are not covered by this Warranty, but are covered by any warranty of the
fitting manufacturer
8.3.3. Operation Limitations
This Warranty applies to boats used for recreational sailing or in organised club or championship
racing on inland and coastal waters. It does not apply to defects occurring as a consequence of
sailing in wind or sea conditions where a reasonable sailing club or association would not sail, or
has abandoned racing due to extreme weather conditions, or to offshore sailing (lake or ocean), or
long distance racing events.
Boats must be trailed on a trailer fitted with beam hanging supports or cups/cradles approved by
the builder and/or importer and shaped to the hulls and padded.
Crew weight (all persons on board) on the boat must not exceed 200 kg
8.3.4. Limitations
The buyer assumes all risk and liability whatsoever resulting from the use of the catamaran and its
parts. In no event shall AHPC be liable to the buyer for any indirect, special, or consequential
damages or lost profits. The provisions of this warranty and limitation of liability may not be
modified in any respect, except in writing, signed by a duly authorized officer or representative of
AHPC. This warranty contains a complete and exclusive statement of AHPC's obligations with
respect to any of its products.
8.3.5. Responsibilities
This Warranty does not apply unless the owner has kept the boat in good order at all times,
performed any necessary preventative maintenance, regularly inspected rigging for signs of
fatigue, and taken immediate action to prevent further damage if any fault appears.
8.3.6. Voided warranty
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The builder and/or importer may void the warranty for any and all of the previous points. The class
association, builder and/or importer reserve the right to publish all sail and hull numbers of vessels
that have had the Warranty Voided for any or all of the above points.
Measurement certificates of vessels that had voided their warranties may also be voided. Vessels
that do not posses a valid measurement certificate are not considered as ‘Capricorn’ catamarans.
The owner shall not advertise, sell, race or refer to the vessel as a ‘Capricorn’.
Australian High Performance Catamarans Pty. Ltd. – 50 Craig Street – Bendigo – 3550 Australia
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