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 Post subject: Looking at a 16
PostPosted: Tue Mar 18, 2014 12:26 pm 
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I found a 1985 Hobie 16 for sale on craigslist for $800. Looking at the pictures it looks like it has all the parts and sails and is ready to sail, the only thing that the ad mentions is that the tramp is a little ragged and might need to be replaced, and there's a small crack in one of the hulls on the top deck, which he is of course quick to point out is never underwater.

I haven't sailed cats before but I've been sailing my whole life and am looking for a boat to blast around the river on. Maybe do some casual racing, but nothing too serious. I'm planning at going to look at the boat this week, is there anything I need to pay special attention to? Also, are there any upgrades or updates that I would need to pay for since it was built in the 80s?

Thanks for any input. Joe


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 Post subject: Re: Looking at a 16
PostPosted: Tue Mar 18, 2014 4:16 pm 
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The most important part of buying a Hobie in my opinion is the condition of the hulls... the tops and sides HAVE to be solid.. you will be walking on the sides of the hulls when you have to right the boat. Here is a previous link on the topic

viewtopic.php?f=14&t=36871&p=150196&hilit=used+hobie+soft#p150196

See how thin the hulls are.... in this video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nEZJd-LpUws

[img][IMG]http://i1298.photobucket.com/albums/ag51/jimsmall561/14FrontPostsized_zps5fd7ddca.jpg[/img][/img]

[img][IMG]http://i1298.photobucket.com/albums/ag51/jimsmall561/14bowDelamsized_zpse07f2e82.jpg[/img][/img]

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 Post subject: Re: Looking at a 16
PostPosted: Tue Mar 18, 2014 4:45 pm 
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Joe,

As previously mentioned, take a good look at the hull sides and tops looking for any flex when you push on them with your palm or crunching sounds. Also, look at the bottoms for signs of thinning keels such as flat spots. I'd also take a good look a the rigging (hardware, ropes, steel braided cables) in general for signs of being worn out. From what could tell of the tramp from pictures, it's missing foot straps but still useable. Take a good look at the sails for excessive wear like patches, loose stitching, holes. Basically, you want sails to have at least some crispiness to them... if they feel like a bed sheet, they are worn out.

Lastly, hook up the trailer to your car before you buy it. That will let you know right away if you have any issues with it like bad lights. Paperwork such as a current registration and title matching the trailer are a big plus too to transfer in your name.

This all may seem basic, but will keep a bunch of lil' things from costing you $$$ later. Unless I found any major issues, Id pick this one up myself if was in the market.

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 Post subject: Re: Looking at a 16
PostPosted: Tue Mar 18, 2014 5:46 pm 
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waldorf wrote:
The most important part of buying a Hobie in my opinion is the condition of the hulls... the tops and sides HAVE to be solid.. you will be walking on the sides of the hulls when you have to right the boat. Here is a previous link on the topic

viewtopic.php?f=14&t=36871&p=150196&hilit=used+hobie+soft#p150196

See how thin the hulls are.... in this video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nEZJd-LpUws

[img][IMG]http://i1298.photobucket.com/albums/ag51/jimsmall561/14FrontPostsized_zps5fd7ddca.jpg[/img][/img]

[img][IMG]http://i1298.photobucket.com/albums/ag51/jimsmall561/14bowDelamsized_zpse07f2e82.jpg[/img][/img]


Thanks for the links! Super helpful. Next time I promise I'll be more thorough when I'm searching for old topics ;)


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 Post subject: Re: Looking at a 16
PostPosted: Tue Mar 18, 2014 6:40 pm 
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I've had several fixer upper H16's. If you can negotiate a lower price and don't mind some elbow grease, even a boat needing some delam repairs to the top decks could still be OK if the boat is in otherwise great shape. I've found it very very difficult to find a 30 year old boat with perfect solid hulls ( unless the owners stored it indoors ) but then you're going to pay closer to $2000 for a mid 80's jem or get super lucky! There's a ton of old H16's out there not getting sailed that would be happier on water! Even at $500-$800 you can get a few years out of it and upgrade to a newer one. The sum of the individual parts is worth more than that assuming the trailer is fully functional. :mrgreen:
Tim

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 Post subject: Re: Looking at a 16
PostPosted: Wed Mar 19, 2014 9:47 am 
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[img]I have a 1986 Hobie for sale if you or anyone else is looking for one. It is in good condition with no known structural issues.

It is located in South Texas (Olmito, specifially). We are asking $1800 for it with pickup, or $2000 to be brought to anywhere within 200 miles. If this is above your price range, please make an offer as we are motivated to sell.

http://www.austinyachtclub.net/marketpl ... -ad/?id=10
http://sailingtexas.com/201401/shobie16178.html
http://www.sailboatlistings.com/view/41455


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