Alright, spring’s just around the corner so it’s time to start thinking about the Hobie! I still need to work on the following:
The mast step – it’s the old style, and I think it’s loose. It doesn’t feel loose, but the step is somehow lifted up about a quarter inch off the crossbar.
The trailer rollers need to be swapped out for bunks. Tried 2x6's, didn't really work.
The hulls – bottoms are a bit worn, and there are a few good scrapes and digs I want to fix. One small soft spot (about silver dollar size) near a nasty chip under the rear crossbar on the starboard side, and a much bigger one on the deck, aft of the rear crossbar (stbd hull). Also some delamination in the lip of the stbd hull at the aft crossbar. No substantial leaks. Not sure if I need to add glass or not on the bottoms, but I definitely need some gel coat.
The anchor plates – these are also old style, and I’ve noticed a few gel coat cracks in the lip. Something to worry about?
The crossbar anchors – again old style, more gel coat cracks in the lip, and some potential delam in the lip of the fore crossbar (stbd hull, inboard)
The rigging – still haven't replaced it yet, I believe it's all original. The standing rigging was stored in an attic for 17 years, but probably still needs to be replaced. I have a “spare set” but that also seems quite old.
Those are my biggest concerns. I’m still new to the game here, so if this were your boat, what would your priorities be?
1) mast step
2) crossbar delam
3) soft spots
5) bottoms & soft spots
6) anchor plates
7) pins & rigging
crossbar anchor plates
For the mast step I’ll follow srm’s procedure (Thanks srm!), I figure I’ll just buy the Hobie bunks for the trailer, but the hulls seem like they’ll be a lot of work and I have no experience with fiberglass and gel coat. That said, it doesn’t sound too difficult, just time consuming.
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