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PostPosted: Sun May 12, 2013 7:15 am 
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Hi,

I was thinking of getting the Hobie cockpit cover for my TI, but then I noticed that NOBODY ever talks about them on this forum. Why is this? Does anyone have any experience with the cockpit covers? Do they work well? Should I buy one?


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PostPosted: Sun May 12, 2013 11:32 am 
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Sprayskirts seem to work better and are less intrusive for most people.
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The dodger does protect your legs and lower body almost completely, but not the upper body and face. It also does shade your legs from the sun, that a Sprayskirt can't.

A Sprayskirt keeps most spray and splashes off all of you, especially the buckets in the face and chest when heavy sailing. A Sprayskirt will slow you down if your boat submarines (less common in a TI), but unless you are going long distances or racing, it's a good thing, as it stops the dive. A minor adjustment to your course (sail ~45 degree into the waves) should stop most dives.

You can sew your own Sprayskirt from a free pattern (AI) on my website (for TI, just cut it 4 inches shorter), or other prototype designs here on the forum. You can also buy just the sewn material to rig your own, or a complete kit from my wife Dee (links from my website) and a few Hobie dealers.

Enjoy!

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