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 Post subject: Tips and Tricks
PostPosted: Tue Jul 24, 2012 5:46 am 
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Saw another tips and tricks thread on here but not many responses.

Are there any tips and tricks on collapsing the crossbeams so that it doesn't take a lot of work to re-rig the tramp lacing after you expand it again?

I was thinking maybe using one of those black rope stops that you use on the trap lines. Put in under the first grommet in the tramp to keep the tension when you untie up front.

The rear rope pieces aren't too hard to get taught again. just a couple of half hitches.

I recently pulled the hulls off and re-riveted the bearing straps down because I'll be hauling the boat for 1hr plus up to Lake Texoma fairly regularly so I want to collapse it down when I drive that far. Every outboard strap was off just sitting in the hole behind the beam and most of the inboard straps were missing 2 or more rivets. Boat is much stiffer now but I had to use some small pieces of pvc pipe as spacers on the taper pins to get them to snug down against the beam. I also got a champfer bit and turned the tapered holes into flat bottom holes so the rivets I was using wouldn't drag. Hobie says to use tapered rivets but they're hard to come by and buying the from Hobie iare $1 each and you need 32. 1/8 x 5/16 aluminum rivets are much cheaper and easier to find.

Second. Any tips or tricks on keeping the mud out of the centerboard pockets while the boat is on the beach? Our lake has a lot of clay mud mixed with tiny rocks and sand. It's happened a couple times now where one of the centerboard pockets gets jammed up with mud and won't come down at all. To clean it I had to float the boat out a bit and use a screwdriver to dig the mud out while pulling the centerboard up and down.


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 Post subject: Re: Tips and Tricks
PostPosted: Tue Jul 24, 2012 5:54 am 
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Third question. Are there any tips for getting the water out of the wing pockets? I wish they had drains like the crossbeams have.

I also have one of my wings that is VERY difficult to get in and out of the wing pockets. The other one comes in and out very easily on both sides so I know its a problem with the wing and not the socket. Any tricks/tips to getting the sticky one to fit better?


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 Post subject: Re: Tips and Tricks
PostPosted: Tue Jul 24, 2012 1:47 pm 
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KRavEN wrote:
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Second. Any tips or tricks on keeping the mud out of the centerboard pockets while the boat is on the beach? Our lake has a lot of clay mud mixed with tiny rocks and sand. ...


Perhaps you could get something made of canvas that covers that aria ;
or even a fiberglass cover that can be easily removed once the cat
is in the water ?

Only other option is to lay-down canvas or wood prior to pulling the cat
up on shore ; or beach wheels.
Bille


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 Post subject: Re: Tips and Tricks
PostPosted: Thu Jul 26, 2012 8:29 am 
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shop vacumn for water in wing holes Only do this before winter storage I put foam pipe wrap in the holes and silicone a jar lid over the top this has worked for 20 years
Leave your boat large at all times even when trailering saves time and a lot of problems
Former hobie admiral gary


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 Post subject: Re: Tips and Tricks
PostPosted: Thu Jul 26, 2012 2:29 pm 
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If I don't have electricity I use one of these for the water in the wing pockets.

http://www.nrsweb.com/shop/product.asp? ... m=goog_pro

I'm sure everyone carries at least one.


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 Post subject: Re: Tips and Tricks
PostPosted: Thu Jul 26, 2012 10:21 pm 
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I have trailer my 21SE wide since 1990 and only had a problem twice, once at a toll booth and the other time at a tight bridge. At the booth booth, I knocked the coin basket off and at the bridge, I drove over the orange cones.
:shock: nerve racking....

Drive with the boat wide and tight (with the tramp tight) and not during rush hour. Plan your driving to avoid traffic if possible. Watch out for mailboxes and road signs. And keep your passenger tire on the white lane marker.

For the problem with small pebbles in the dagger board pocket, keep a long spatula around to reach up into the pocket to loosen up those annoying pebbles and clear them out. This won't solve the problem but will give you away to deal with it.
Using cat traxs is helpful too.

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 Post subject: Re: Tips and Tricks
PostPosted: Fri Jul 27, 2012 4:20 am 
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Bill 404 wrote:
I have trailer my 21SE wide since 1990

I think a yearly inspection of the bearing straps is probably pretty important. When I took mine apart all 4 outboard bearing straps had all their rivets gone and were just lying in the tube. The inboard straps all had at least 2 broken rivets. Having all the bearing straps attached is important to not have the boat sloppy in waves.
Bill 404 wrote:
Using cat traxs is helpful too.

I have a set but haven't used them yet. The cradles need new padding. I got the contact cement and some "camp pad" from Wall Mart to do it with.

What is the best positioning of the cat traxs on a 21 SE? If I use bungie with them where do I attach the bungie to the boat and how long should it be?


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 Post subject: Re: Tips and Tricks
PostPosted: Fri Jul 27, 2012 8:19 am 
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cat trax to balance the boat front to rear I haver tied mine down the ropes are use to pull the wheels under the boat and to pull them up the beach


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 Post subject: Re: Tips and Tricks
PostPosted: Fri Jul 27, 2012 8:42 am 
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I believe the SC's came with pvc pipe rope ladder that you can lay down on the beach under each hull to make beachinig the beast easier. I believe there are pictures on the forum somewhere. Basically they consist of 1" or 1 1/2" pvc pipes 12"-18" wide and connected with rope to make a ladder. They would compact easily and go into the hull.

I have not made them yet, but is on the long list of things to do.....


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 Post subject: Re: Tips and Tricks
PostPosted: Thu Aug 09, 2012 5:58 pm 
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I lay down a couple of pieces of plastic lattice to pull my H18 on and off the sand. Works pretty good. Protects the hull and makes it easier to move the boat.

As far as getting the water out of the pockets, just shove the wing in there and the water splashes out all over you.

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 Post subject: Re: Tips and Tricks
PostPosted: Thu Aug 09, 2012 6:51 pm 
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Pete how do you know that?


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 Post subject: Re: Tips and Tricks
PostPosted: Thu Aug 09, 2012 11:42 pm 
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The centreboards in my 18 get stuck sometimes : I have drilled a small hole in the lowest part (and on the other side opposite of the axle on which it turns) and knotted a small but very tough ( spectra) piece of wire. I use this wire to pull a reluctant centreboard down when on the water.
good luck

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 Post subject: Re: Tips and Tricks
PostPosted: Fri Aug 10, 2012 2:53 am 
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customcraftsman wrote:
Pete how do you know that?


Haha. Your wings got me more than once.

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