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PostPosted: Sun Aug 19, 2012 10:12 pm 
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Hi -

First time posting. We've just sold our Zuma dinghy, and have plans to buy a good condition used Hobie 16. My wife sailed one a lot as a kid in California, and we'd like to get our 3 kids sailing one, too.

Found this on Craigslist this week. It's convenient, since we're on vacation nearby.

http://sacramento.craigslist.org/boa/3206064607.html

Any (constructive) comments would really be appreciated.

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 20, 2012 2:31 pm 
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look decent but check for soft spots.

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 20, 2012 5:43 pm 
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Late '70s, early '80s boat.
No mast, boom or rigging in the photos makes me think they don't exist or something is very wrong with them.
"Newly Reconditioned Sails" are very, very tired.

Trailer is worth more than the boat.

$500, tops. If there are no soft spots and the mast is straight.

Plan on dropping a grand or two into it to make it usable and safe.


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 20, 2012 6:07 pm 
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Price depends on location too.
You cant buy a junk 16 for less than 6-700 here in the NW.

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 20, 2012 6:08 pm 
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Crunch crunch crunch went the hulls.

Thanks to this forum, I avoided a boat that superficially looked ok, but has some serious issues.

Now, who wants to sell me a good condition H16?!

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 20, 2012 6:56 pm 
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Where ya located. May be a fleet near ya. Great place to shop for a boat!

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 20, 2012 9:33 pm 
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Portland, OR and Santa Cruz, CA

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 20, 2012 9:54 pm 
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http://www.hobiefleet72.org/Fleet72/Home.html Portland area...sign up on their google group and see if anyone knows of any decent boats! Thats how I found mine! They are a cool bunch of folks! Guessing you would have good luck in the Santa Cruz area too!

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 22, 2012 6:55 am 
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I have a really nice Hobie 16 for sale, my post should come up in the forum soon.

The boat is ready to be raced. It comes with the trailer.

Boat was built in 2010 and trailer 2011. I have to change it for a smaller boat.

The only problem is the boat is at Michigan. However, I would be willing to make a deal so we can ship it without a problem.

my email vbichucher@hotmail.com

feel free to email for pictures, questions, anything! :)

my post should come up soon


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 23, 2012 8:45 pm 
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Thank you all for your constructive comments.

We've passed on boat 1 (crunchy hulls) and boat 2 ($2,000 for a 1978 boat with all original gear but solid hulls).

I've read different things on this and other forums re: H16s. Some people say that a boat that costs less than, say $1,000, is rubbish and not worth the effort, because of the time and cost of getting it safe and sail ready. Others say that the 70s boats have the solid hulls, so if you can find those, you can build up a nice boat on their foundation. And still others say they would not buy a 70s boat at any price.

If I'm devil's advocate. Say I can find some really, really good condition late 70s hulls, with a good tramp frame. And say I paid no more than a few hundred dollars for them.

Should I: buy a used trailer, new(ish) comp tip mast, rudders, trampoline, sails, standing rigging, lines and sheets, blocks, etc to make her water safe. Wouldn't my total cost come out at close to $2,500 or more?

Or Should I: recognize that the old hulls will eventually totally fail, and not bother with new(ish) components, and just build it up with safe and useful but not "top line" equipment? Wouldn't my total cost come out at close to $1,500?

Or Should I: buy new (this is actually not an option, as I do not have $11,000, or even half that amount, to spend).

As an aside, here on the West Coast, there are lots of old 1970s H16s for sale between $700 and $2,500 - take from that what you will - but no newer boats (within a reasonable drive to inspect).

Thoughts are really appreciated.

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