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PostPosted: Mon Oct 14, 2013 3:59 pm 
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Hello all.

We are adding two Hobie 16's to our sailing program at Vallarta Yacht Club in Mexico. We are getting a 2001 and a 2004 to start with. They have been stored inside or under cover and were used for training during the last Pan American Games.

I'm a bit new to this so I'm looking for help.

What should a good spares kit look like for a Hobie 16?
We will be racing One Design with the Mexican Hobie 16 group so we want to use OD parts as much as possible.

How many seasons can we expect out of sails? (Lasers need a new sail every year at least).

What are the must have upgrades to these boats?

We would like to have a Hobie dealer in the US to work with. Can anyone make a recommendation?

What books and training material should we be looking at?

Thanks in advance for any and all advice!

Randy


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 14, 2013 4:33 pm 
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Boats that new really require no significant upgrades, especially if they were used for Pan Am Games training.

Take a hard look at the lines and replace any that are worn or stiff.

Spares would include mast chips (a consumable), clevis pins, ring dings, mast step link/pins, shackles, etc. Basically the little parts that always seem to get dropped in the sand when your putting the boat together.

The sails are very durable compared to a Laser's. You'll get at least a year or two out of jibs; 4 or more years out of mains - and that's for pointy end of the fleet racing. The sails will still be good, and can be sold off to recreational sailors.

There's a dealer finder on this website. I'd stick with one in CA who's got some familiarity with shipping to MEX.

The Hobie University book is a great place to start for instruction materials. (Google it.)


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 17, 2013 9:31 am 
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MBounds wrote:
Boats that new really require no significant upgrades, especially if they were used for Pan Am Games training.

Take a hard look at the lines and replace any that are worn or stiff.

Spares would include mast chips (a consumable), clevis pins, ring dings, mast step link/pins, shackles, etc. Basically the little parts that always seem to get dropped in the sand when your putting the boat together.

The sails are very durable compared to a Laser's. You'll get at least a year or two out of jibs; 4 or more years out of mains - and that's for pointy end of the fleet racing. The sails will still be good, and can be sold off to recreational sailors.

There's a dealer finder on this website. I'd stick with one in CA who's got some familiarity with shipping to MEX.

The Hobie University book is a great place to start for instruction materials. (Google it.)


Thanks! Everyone we've talked to about this is pretty excited. We are lucky to have a good supplier for line etc. in Banderas Bay so keeping running rigging up will be easy. Hobie sells a spares kit that looks to have the right stuff on your list.

How about mast floats and righting systems? One of our goals is to keep kids in the sailing program after they age out and/or get to big to sail Opti's (age 15). We won't be having kids out without a chase boat, but safety is a big concern. We would like to see our adult members use the boats too so identical, easy to use, reliable righting is a pretty high priority.

If we store the boats rigged (masts up) what should we cover? How sensitive to UV are the comptips?

Is there any reason other than cost not to use Hobie sails?

Thanks for the feedback!

Randy


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 18, 2013 9:38 am 
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RHoughVYC wrote:
If we store the boats rigged (masts up) what should we cover? How sensitive to UV are the comptips?


If constantly left exposed to direct sun light, the trampoline will deteriorate after a couple years. Also, all of the lines will degrade. I would try to cover up the tramp area with a cheap tarp when not being used.

The epoxy in the comptip will also break down over time due to UV exposure. The comptips are pretty robust, so breakage is probably not a big concern, but when the epoxy breaks down, the glass fibers will begin to stick out and they can become a real nuissance when handling the mast. I would recommend coating the comptip with spray paint every year or two to protect it if you plan to keep the mast up.

The hulls will become faded/chalky if left out on a beach constantly. I'd recommend waxing them once or twice a year to help keep them protected if you want to keep the boats looking nice. Also check all shrouds and standing rigging anually for damage or deterioration.

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