There were indeed two AI's in this year's Texas 200. I sailed one (dubbed the Tupperware Trimaran by one of our Nacra 20-sailing buddies) equipped with the new trampolines and my partner, Andrew, sailed the other AI (without tramps).
We are preparing to post a thorough recount of the event here. We had a rudder pin failure on average every 10 hours. We learned to adjust our sailing style and be prepared for the inevitable failures. We also learned how to "feel" a pin failure coming on.
The boats are 13 months old. Mine has been sailed between 400 & 500 miles in that time (including the Texas 200); my partner's far less. The yaks are now sitting at our dealer as there is a laundry list of issues that need to be addressed. The dealer has suggested that since the boats were used outside of "normal recreational conditions" they may not be covered by warranty. I am not amused. We had a couple of failures I'd attribute to manufacturing flaws before the Texas 200. First, the glue used to attach the hard rubber plugs in the ends of the akas failed in the first 90 days on both yaks. Second, the glue used to attach the roller furling drum to the mast failed on the least used of the two boats! This failure was discovered on the eve of the Texas 200. We were in a remote area and at the advice of a Hobie dealer we confered with via phone attempted to fix it with 5200. That did not work. One of our fellow participants (in fact, the proa sailor) offered some spare five minute epoxy he had on hand. We had acetone so cleaned up the 5200 and applied the epoxy at the conclusion of day 1 on the Texas 200. That did work.
It would seem to me that Hobie would appreciate the opportunity to see some accelerated wear items along with a throrough account of the conditions and how the equipment functioned and/or failed. Honoring the warranty seems a small price to pay for hundreds of miles of "field research".
My partner and I are NOT new to sailing in general and sailing multi hulls in particular. We are not new to the conditions in which we sailed the Texas 200. In addition, we own seven SOT kayaks betweens us from various manufacturers...a plastic armada. We may not be experts, but with 20+ years of sailing between us we are definitely not novices.
OK - enough venting. A complete picture album + detailed account of the event is forthcoming. I'll post a link here for some random event pictures. Thanks for all the forum input -we have been lurking on this site for some time now and really appreciated the suggestions and comments.
Here's a link to some pix of the event. Note the AI with the tramps appears to be loaded unevenly. Due to the more or less constant wind angle and velocity, it was necessary to carry an unbalanced load so she would sail flat.Texas200 Pix