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PostPosted: Wed Jun 09, 2004 6:18 pm 
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I have an old friend with a hobie 18. It is very lightly used and in overall great shape. The hulls are immaculate. The sails too. The tramp is a bit dated but really showing very little wear. Bungies, and some accessories need replacing but with a trailer, a mast float it's a lot of boat for $2500 if you ask me. Am I an easy mark?

What can I do about part replacement? Are parts available for a boat this old? I have kids and want to purchase some wings and maybe a new tramp. Are they possible with this boat?

Thanks for any advice on price, parts availability, other little known facts that I should be wary/aware of.


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 13, 2004 8:19 pm 
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Hobie 18s generally hold there price around $1800 to $2800 depending on condition and accessories. Anything newer than 1989 seem to hold up well and are updated. If you have the money and want to race, buy the F-18 Tiger. Us poor people race against other Hobie 18s if there is enough to make a class or race portsmouth.
If the boat has a set of wings you can cruise in comfort. (or sell them and and make a few bucks).


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 Post subject: hobie 18 wings
PostPosted: Mon Jun 14, 2004 5:46 am 
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Thanks for the input, one more question.

With the demise of the production of hobie 18, are wings available from the company?


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 Post subject: Hobie 18 Parts
PostPosted: Mon Jun 14, 2004 3:21 pm 
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Wings are still available.

Expect that parts for the 18 will be available for many years to come.

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 17, 2004 7:37 pm 
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During the mid 90's, the 18's came with defective hulls. I had both replaced free of charge by the company but not before having one completely break in two during a regatta 5 miles offshore. Not a good day!
The thing that amazed me was that even capsized on the broken hull it didnt sink. All I had to do was sit still, roll up my sails, tie everything up and wait for a tow.

They later fixed the production problem. Still a great boat. Have a 78 hobie 18, original sails, love it. Teaching my 12 yo girl to sail!


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 18, 2004 6:45 pm 
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Not the mid 90s... it was mid 80s

Production problems were in the mid 80s.

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