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PostPosted: Fri Dec 03, 2010 7:32 am 
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I plan on storing my Wave outside with the Hobie tarp on it. It will be cold but I was planning on leaving the tramp on. If the boat is covered from rain wind snow and sun will this be ok? I have a Hobie tarp & cut some holes in to for drainage & was thinking about putting some wood 2 X 4s under the tarp to help with snow load.


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 03, 2010 8:58 am 
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Make a peak for snow to slide off if possible. If not a lot of snow... no worries. The mast is an issue. Be certain there is no water trapped inside. Taking the tramp off is pretty easy and well worth the effort. Lines get nasty when wet all winter. You can end up with green guck on the tramp and lines.

Review the winter storage faq: http://www.hobiecat.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=18&t=32881

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 03, 2010 10:14 am 
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Winter StorageWinterize - People living in freezing areas or areas prone to high wind damage should use common sense regarding winter or long term storage. Lower the mast, remove trampolines, lines and properly cover your boat to reduce UV, dirt and debris wear / damage to your hull and metal surfaces. All sails, trampolines, lines etc. should be removed and stored in a dry indoor location.

Mast up storage - is never recommended. High winds and constant motion of the rig can and will cause excessive wear and damage to the mast, rigging and hull components.

Freezing - of water trapped inside you boat can be quite damaging. Water expands with considerable force when it freezes. Just as pipes burst when left to freeze, water trapped in confined spaces can burst the structure of your boat. Mast receivers, wing tubes, masts, hulls etc. should all be carefully inspected and drained of any water prior to the first freeze of the winter. Boats should be stored, covered or prepared in such a way as to prohibit water or snow from collecting on or in the boat.

Specific warning about water collection for Hobie Wave masts
The two piece design of the Hobie Wave mast allows for some water collection at the mast to CompTip joint. Water left in this location on masts left upright during freezing conditions has been known to fail the lower mast sealing plug. This allows water to drain into the lower mast over time which when freezing causes the mast to expand and fail near the bottom of the mast.

Snow - The weight of snow collecting on top of a boat can be considerable. Boats should be stored in such a way as to limit the collection and damaging weight of large amounts of snow. Failure to keep snow weight off can cause damage or deformation of the keels at their contact points on a trailer.

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Thanks for the info!!!


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 07, 2010 10:21 am 
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My Wave is now disassembled & in my garage for the winter.


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