Hi all, I just had a jib kit installed on my Hobie Wave, and took it out for a first sail (in 20-30 knots). It's too early to say whether it improves speed (I spent the whole time trying to keep the boat upright!). I have to say that I wasn't all that impressed though. Why?
- it came with a captive pin D shackle on the end of the halyard, but the shackle was too small to fit over the head of the sail and into the clew. I had to attach a second shackle before I could haul the jib up
- the lff of the sail is attached at only two points: one hank near the top, and a hook that attaches at the tack. The result is that under pressure, the luff of the sail goes way out of shape. Why couldn't Hobie have fitted a few more hanks along the luff?
- the fairlead for the jib sheet is installed about half way back along the tramp, between the tramp and the hull. I've only taken the boat out once since this was fitted, but because of the positioning of the fairlead, I can't see how you could sheet the jib in appropriately, unless you're on a fine reach.
Has anyone else installed a jib on their Wave, and if so, how have you found it? Any tips for addressing these problems?