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 Post subject: Hobie 20 1996
PostPosted: Sat Nov 02, 2013 9:00 pm 
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I am going to look at a1996 Hobie 20 in two weeks and have a question. Do I need to look out for bulkhead delamination on this year of boat?
Also are there any other area's of concern I should zero in on that can't be revealed by a very good visual inspection? Ryan


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 Post subject: Re: Hobie 20 1996
PostPosted: Sun Nov 03, 2013 7:54 am 
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I would inspect the hulls thoroughly for delamination - bulkheads, decks, hull sidewalls. Inspect under the crossbar saddles for cracking. Give the transom a good look over as well. I would also inspect the crossbars and mast thoroughly for cracks and corrosion since they are parts that would be expensive to replace if Hobie even still stocks replacements. Pretty much everything is suspect on a nearly 20 year old boat, but the hulls and aluminum extrusions are the big ticket items.

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 Post subject: Re: Hobie 20 1996
PostPosted: Mon Nov 04, 2013 12:47 am 
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My '97 had a soft spot between dagger pocket and tramp track, I hear that's common. Scott's transom got nice and ... flexible, too much lifting via the rudder casting. My front crossbar was cracked on the underside near the rivets on port and starboard. I've seen a bunch with some significant looking cracks on the inside of the hulls where the crossbars bolt up. As SRM says... check everything! As I understand it, the issue with the older ones breaking at the seam in the bow was solved by '96, and even if it wasn't, it probably would have died by now if it were an issue. Good Luck.

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 Post subject: Re: Hobie 20 1996
PostPosted: Wed Nov 13, 2013 9:59 am 
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These are fragile boat compared to your 18. Front Cross bars tend to get worked and need replacing while soft spots can be fixed. I would encourage anyone to fix the soft spots correctly by replacing the foam core and NOT using the epoxy injection method. Epoxy injection is only a temporary fix in my opinion and the 20s need to last another generation. Sail condition is very important as they are much more expensive than other Hobie model sails. The 96 sails were cut (I believe) differently than they are today. There seems to be no consistency in sail cuts in the mid 90's. It seems that has been solved in the last decade. Jib condition is critical in racing.

It is possible that you buy a boat that need sails and you end up paying as much for the (new) sails as you did the boat.

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