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PostPosted: Sun Jan 24, 2010 11:24 am 
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Hello, what do you think of using a spreader bar on a hobie 14t?
I´ve seen those bars on many other beachcats and the hobie PE modells.

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 24, 2010 2:48 pm 
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catsailor1964 wrote:
Hello, what do you think of using a spreader bar on a hobie 14t?
I´ve seen those bars on many other beachcats and the hobie PE modells.

Have a good time!

Not sure what you mean by "spreader bar"?


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 25, 2010 2:09 am 
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Spreader bar: a metal bar between the front of the to hulls. Mostly it´s fixed to the
two short lines leading to the forestay (don´t know how theses parts are named in english).
I think, the hobie twixxy has a spreader bar.

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 25, 2010 6:31 am 
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That is what I thought you meant, but was not sure.

The purpose of the spreader bar is to control the inward pull on the bows from shorter bridle wires. The reason for shortening the bridle wires is usually to lower the forestay connection for the installation of a jib or other fore sail.

Why would you want to use a spreader bar on a 14? The turbo kit comes with slightly shorter bridles that don't require the use of a spreader bar.

It's weight and windage where you least want it on a Hobie 14.


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 25, 2010 1:54 pm 
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Thanks for the input!
I´m no racer, so my 14t has not to be class legal. But -as the most hobie 14 sailors-
I´m still interested in getting as much power and control to the boat as possible.
The hobie 14 is an old (but good) catamaran design, maybe some new features will work well, others not.
For example:
I´ve read in this forum about 14ers with hooter sails: amazing reports, so it seems to work well.
So I decide to ask if someone has experience with a spreader bar and if it will make any sense to upgrade.
So I needn´t to try out by myself
To all forum members: Thank you for sharing your knowledge!

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 29, 2010 9:28 pm 
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So thats what you call it!! I built one last summer for my 14 because I plan to put a large fore sail (90 sq. ft.) onto my boat. I did find that it does tend to lift both hulls more equally and thus less prone to pitchpole. The way I did it was to attach to lower stays to the bar, and then the bar to the tangs. This way the sideways forces are on the bar not the hulls, and the bar in turn pulls up on both hulls. I thought that the bar would be alot cheaper to replace than a broken hull. Perhaps this is overkill on the side of safety, but I don't plan on racing any time soon, so no worries about that.


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 30, 2010 5:38 am 
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What is the material you used to built your spreader bar?
Can you post a pic of your construction?
It´s wintertime and I´ve nothing to do beside working hard for my money
and thinking of a summer of sailing :-)
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 03, 2010 2:00 pm 
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Hey Catsailor, I got an aluminum square tubing( 1inch by 1inch) measured the distance from tang to tang(approx 76 inches if memory is correct) and allowed 2 extra inches out either side. Then attached a " U" shaped fastener through the tang and bolted it to the aluminum bar. At a hardware store I was able to find eye bolts( a bolt with a round loop on the end) and close to the tangs I attached it to the bar. The stays were then attached to the eye bolts. I'm sitting in line at a paper mill, so no access to pictures. Hope this helps. WES


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 04, 2010 3:04 am 
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Thanks heavenbound,
fine description!
That is not too much material, so I think I´ll check out just for fun next season!
If it really helps against pitchpoling, it´ll be a nice and cheap gimmick! :P
Thanks and have a nice day! :D

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