Hey guys- I ran across this ad on craigslist for "Hobie 16 Performance Upgrades".http://detroit.craigslist.org/okl/boa/2615672438.html
My question is whether the rudder rake adjusters are worth the trouble? I have an '82 boat so the rudders are not adjustable. I emailed the guy and he said this about them:
Rudder Rake adjustors - these were made by Sailing Systems Inc out of Crystal lake Illinois way back when.These are used to obtain a weather helm - ie the boat sails to weather when the tiller is released. Basically an aluminum slug with an eccentric thru hole that takes the upper rudder mounting bolt (that attaches the rudder to the casting) and allows you to finely tune the rake of the rudder by moving the upper rudder mounting bolt in the eccentric thru hole - all this done by turning an adjusting screw in the eccentric slug. There is a set of instructions with the rake adjusters that describes, in detail, the installation & adjusting. Aluminum slugs and stainless steel screws. AFAIK Sailing Systems is no longer in operation and I haven't found anything similar on the internet.
Also, are these trap adjuster things worth it or should I buy one of the "fancier" systems sold today.
- A project I'm working on that may be useful to Hobie sailors in need of custom parts or other projects you may be working on