Capri 14.2 Sailboat Linda Seat
Category: Sailboat, boat seats, boat accessory, step stool, small boat
Problem: I have written about the Linda Seat before, in another modification page For the Capri 25 Sailboat. A custom seat made was for my Capri 25, and also my Catalina 22. (See .010606 Catalina 22 Linda Seat Also For Capri 25) My son acquired a Capri 14.2 sailboat. After he purchased his, the hull for a Capri 14.2 came up for sale on Craigslist. I purchased it just for fun and so I would be able to have some long distance discussions about the boat with some first hand knowledge. When I visited him in Los Angeles, we had an occasion to go out sailing in the ocean a couple of times. Being 6’4” tall, it was really quite uncomfortable for me to sit in the boat and then shift to the other side when tacking. By the time we finished our first sail, my legs were cramped and I was really not looking forward to going out again.
Action: On the way home from that voyage, it occurred to me that perhaps a modified version of the Linda seat might be useful. My son’s reaction was “Oh Dad, do you really need it?” And I said yes, I wouldn’t go without rigging something that I could sit on and easily shift from one side of the boat to the other. We found a couple of fence slats, cut them to size so they fit across the seats, and lashed them in place temporarily. The next day we went out. I was much more comfortable, more agile, and had a great time sailing with my son.
When I returned home and looked at my Capri 14.2, that I had rigged with a Sunfish sail at the time, (See Capri 14.2 Sailboat with Sunfish Sail) I knew I had to have a Linda Seat in it as well. At first I found a board and had a similar arrangement that we had rigged in his boat, then I happened to spy my Rubbermaid step stool that was just the same height as the seats. The legs would straddle the center board and rigging. This was the ideal solution for this boat because it could be easily adjusted for the individual’s comfort.
Result: Both of them work great! But the Rubbermaid step stool/seat works best.
When idea was conceived: 6/5/2015
How much time it took to develop: 45 minutes in California, initially 30 minutes for the wood seat and 15 minutes to remove the wood seat and put in the stool.
How much money it took to develop: None because the materials were on hand.
Current status: No longer in use – Sold boat.
Additional thoughts: Of course this is a great solution for many small sailboats who might be sailed or crewed by large adults.