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 Post subject: Hull damage :(
PostPosted: Wed Jun 20, 2007 12:12 pm 
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So yesterday a crack in the port hull of my Hobie 17 opened up to a full split. It is about 3 feet aft of the tip of the bow, and about one foot down from the top of the deck. The split itself is about 6" long. It cracked the fiberglass completely... you can see inside the hull.

Any suggestions on repairs? I'll try to get pictures tonight... a friend is borrowing my camera.

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 20, 2007 12:33 pm 
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Vertical or horizontal?

Inside or outside of the hull?

What's your sail number? (I may know your boat)


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MBounds wrote:
Vertical or horizontal?

Inside or outside of the hull?

What's your sail number? (I may know your boat)


Horizontal, outside the hull.

Not sure of my sail number. My boat is a collaboration of many different boat parts. The original boat was damaged in a storm on a Lake Michigan beach. Only the hulls, tramp, wings, and one rudder survived. I have since purchased and installed H18 rudders, an H18 mast, and H16 sails.

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 20, 2007 1:14 pm 
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OK, I don't know your boat.

Horizontal on the outside of the hull is weird. I'll wait for pictures.

Might be the edge of an old repair.


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MBounds wrote:
OK, I don't know your boat.

Horizontal on the outside of the hull is weird. I'll wait for pictures.

Might be the edge of an old repair.


Alright, here are the pics:
the boat (H17 with 18 mast)
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split that I'm speaking of... outside of port hull.
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other spiderwebing in the gel coat:
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gouge in the port bow
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 Post subject: Hit something?
PostPosted: Sun Jun 24, 2007 6:31 pm 
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Looks like to me you hit something HARD?

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 24, 2007 6:59 pm 
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E-mail me at djanddale"at"charter.net. I just fixed two large holes in a Hobie. I have pictures of how I repaired it and best of all I'm only about 20 minutes away from you. Dutch town starts with a Z. We have talked before.

Matt B. is an expert so don't ever discount what he says.

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 Post subject: Re: Hit something?
PostPosted: Sun Jun 24, 2007 7:00 pm 
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DougHobie17 wrote:
Looks like to me you hit something HARD?

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I haven't hit anything. Like I said above, the boat was wrecked on the shore of Lake Michigan during a storm. The mast was destroyed, a rudder, and a wing was bent a bit. The hulls took some damage too.

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DVL wrote:
E-mail me at djanddale"at"charter.net. I just fixed two large holes in a Hobie. I have pictures of how I repaired it and best of all I'm only about 20 minutes away from you. Dutch town starts with a Z. We have talked before.

Matt B. is an expert so don't ever discount what he says.


email sent, thanks!

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Replied with E-mail & pictures.

Bummer on the boat,

I'm now looking for a place to keep mine on the water. The raising & lowering of the mast is a pain. :(

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 Post subject: Looks like a LOT of work
PostPosted: Sun Jun 24, 2007 8:03 pm 
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Sorry I didn't see earlier post about storm damage. I had a hull on mine when I bought basket case for $600, with ripped out wing holes. I just found a good used hull for $550 and swapped it out. That looks like a LOT of work to repair and i think would add a lot of weight to boat. I have had no problem with swapped out used hull.

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DVL wrote:
Replied with E-mail & pictures.

Bummer on the boat,

I'm now looking for a place to keep mine on the water. The raising & lowering of the mast is a pain. :(


Thanks for the email Dale. I'll check it out.

There is a catamaran beach in Muskegon...
http://www.thebeachcats.com/modules.php ... _photo.php

I'd say keep your boat at my place, but it's really not a good location. The wind is real funky here...

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 25, 2007 4:02 am 
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Doug may be right. If you can find a used hull it will be faster to get on the water. It won't be much more expensive than fixing your hull. I know I had about $150 in epoxy, cloth, and gelcoat in repairs. Time wise I had several hours for many days, I hate sanding but the best part is you can't tell where the repair was made. :D

Reference; "The Fiberglass Boat Repair Manual" by Allen H. Vaitses

Good luck.

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I just broke my comp tip so I have 2 good hulls available. Let me know if you are interested in them.
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