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PostPosted: Fri Aug 31, 2012 12:06 pm 
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Got my restored H14 in the water and running well except it steers like a truck. I notice when I try to come about one rudder is about 10 - 15 degrees further around and is acting like a brake.
When rudders are down should they be paralleled to the pontoons? Toed in/out? My tiller crossbar is 76" to the bolt center.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 31, 2012 12:54 pm 
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With both rudders down, the trailing edges should be about 1/8" to 1/4" further apart than the leading edges.


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 31, 2012 1:17 pm 
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That is what I thought, Mine are about 9 inchs difference between edge of rudder front to back. My tiller crossbar is 77" tip to tip. Tube about 74 1/2. The slight bend in the tiller casting is headed to the centerline of the boat.
67 rear, 76 front measured on the rudder blade by the cutout.
I must have something wrong but don't understand what. The casting reversed?
Ideas? I have a pic but haven't figured out how to add to post.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 31, 2012 1:29 pm 
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Just a wild a#$ guess here...maybe you have a 16 cross bar on a 14?

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 31, 2012 6:49 pm 
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the top castings should be facing towards the middle of the boat so you could have them on the wrong hull. also if you send me the pics i can post them.

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 01, 2012 10:35 am 
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Well I will answer my own question, sheepishly!
I had the hulls reversed. There is no striping or decoration on the outside and I failed to notice the non skid surface was on the inside. Stupid stupid! But it has been twenty something years since I last assembled/sailed the boat :)
Well this AM put them back correctly and my rudders align correctly.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 01, 2012 10:42 am 
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:lol: That will make it sail a lil better!

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 01, 2012 10:51 am 
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It was a weather helm on steroids !! :mrgreen:


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PostPosted: Sat Sep 01, 2012 6:14 pm 
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lol.. how was your pointing?

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 05, 2012 9:26 pm 
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Ages ago, we had a fleet meeting at a dealer's facility and several of us noticed that he had assembeled a 14 with the hulls on the wrong side. Needless to say, he caught a bunch of grief. Trying to sail it to weather in a breeze would be a trip. A bad trip.

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 16, 2016 7:27 pm 
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My son and I just picked up our first Hobie 14. It was "restored" by a great handyman, but not a Hobie user. After busting some brain cells trying to figure out why the rudders wouldn't align, we did some web searching and found this string. So the handyman did a great job of painting the hulls and other clean-up, but he put the hulls on the wrong sides and siliconed them to the trampoline structure.

Has anyone had experience removing a trampoline frame from the hulls, and if so, any tips?

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it's pretty easy. I would disassemble for winter storage. Take the tramp out of the frame, then there are four bolts, one on each corner casting/pylon. Remove those, and the castings slide up off the pylons. I had an old boat and needed to use a little persuasion with a rubber mallet for some of mine.

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 17, 2016 8:05 pm 
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Thanks coreboarder. My concern was the silicone, but we were able to get the pontoons off relatively easily with a rubber mallet. We switched the pontoons and that corrected the issue with the rudder alignment. Now everything aligns great.

Rob


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