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PostPosted: Mon Jan 18, 2016 8:20 pm 
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I want to get tramps for for my TI but I'm not sure if I should get after-market or go with the Hobie ones. Has anyone tried the after-market tramps, specifically the ones sold by Tampa Catamarans? http://tampacatamarans.com/

They are local for me and I've emailed them to see if I could stop by and check out their quality but I think they are made in someones house and won't let me come by where they're made. They are half the price! ($200) so I'm really thinking about buying a set. Anyone have experience with this company?

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 18, 2016 9:53 pm 
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At that price, plus your close proximity to the seller in case of problems (!!), I reckon you have little to lose by being guinea pig for the rest of us!

Let us know how you get on. :D :D :D

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 18, 2016 11:52 pm 
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 19, 2016 2:14 pm 
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For those interested, I contacted them, and they will sell one side for $99, and stated that the tramps carry the same rated load capacity of 200# as the Hobie ones.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 19, 2016 2:51 pm 
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Took a look at their site. Seems legit. I might even buy a set of spray skirts at that price.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 19, 2016 4:05 pm 
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The advantage of kayakingbob's sprays kit are that the extent past aft of the crossbar. This allows better splash protection on the days you don't use your tramps. I'm partial to the look of kayakingbob spray skirts as well but everyone may be different there.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 20, 2016 1:41 pm 
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I have these tramps, even with shipping to Australia still much cheaper than Hobie branded.

Havent had any problems, i think the Tampa tramps now have upgraded from buckles which may achieve better tension but harder to setup while on the water and also deassemble if needing to quickly drop them if catching the wind (never had this problem myself)
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My tampa tramps have buckles and initially a bit of work to achieve good tension.

If the photo works, that's a mate of mine having a beer and sushi out on a tampa tramp :)


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 27, 2016 6:51 pm 
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Last week was the first time I took my new Hobie tramps out of the box and went to use them on an expedition camping trip.

I've always purchased Hobie trampolines on all my previous Hobie Islands and was always satisfied with their quality. However their current version of tramps are crap. Hobie's new one size fits all means the tramp no longer fits over the aka knuckle on the starboard side ... at least on my 2016 AI. I can't imagine what the engineers were thinking when they put that into production. For $399 you should get a good quality product not a piece of junk. By not going over the knuckle the tramp slides outward leaving a larger than desirable gap between the hull and the tramp. Very disappointed.


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 28, 2016 7:29 am 
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+1 for Tampa Cats. I have their tramps on my AI that I bought from them. Great folks and great customer service after the sale.

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 31, 2016 6:45 pm 
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Thanks for all the input on this topic. Sounds like they make a good product. I think I will order a set for my TI.

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 16, 2016 11:35 am 
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Now that I'm preparing for another camping trip this week, I again pulled out my flawed AI2 Hobie tramps. This time I examined the tramps more thoroughly and noticed that they were not correctly cut by the knuckle. Sloppy cut of 1/4" to 1/2" on the starboard side. Sloppy enough that they absolutely would not fit over the knuckle. So a sharp knife was used to trim the tramps correctly and a lighter burned away the frayed edges. Now the starboard tramp fits correctly and will ride close to the hull the way it should and the way I like it. Especially when hauling camping gear.

Of course customers shouldn't have to trim their own tramps but trimming is one way to get them to work correctly if you already purchased a poorly cut set of tramps from Hobie.


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 16, 2016 12:10 pm 
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These guys make great main tramps, wing covers, etc.

http://www.slosailandcanvas.com/

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