Sail numbers... ahh so... Seriously, I didn't think it was a state secret. I thought Hobie was always a subsidiary of one publicly-traded company or another, and thus would at least have to tell stockholders what was selling and what wasn't.
Only 5,000 eh? And yet the pitchpole-prone, pylon-penetrated deck-delaminating H-16 keeps selling like thongs in Brazil. Go figure.
Anyway, my angle is I'm a between-Prindles guy, thinking about "crossing over" to the "Ho side" in order to "get my wings".
Just wondering how long I could keep a good used H-17 smoking along? Or the seriously rugged H-18?
And I don't agree with Hobie marketing that the radical (and probably spendy) FX-One, with its extreme daggerboards, is the replacement for the H-17 with its forgiving kick-up centerboards. Get real. More like a replacement for the NACRA 5.2...
Thanks for the info. Time for hands-on shopping. This forum is a great real-world database on what to look for.