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PostPosted: Mon Jul 04, 2011 8:01 pm 
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New rudder is awesome. Like getting power steering for the TI. Much more responsive and all that! Thanks Hobie for coming up with this rudder!

Hit 11 mph today. Sweet!

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 11, 2011 5:21 pm 
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Hi,

I am a new Tandem Island owner.
I went out just a few times with the original rudder, and in strong winds was unable to control the boat. I just installed the new rudder and I was amazed by the quick response and the improved directional control the boat gained! Thumbs up for the good job Hobie! :mrgreen:

Now I am looking forward to receive my Evolve v2... 8)


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 25, 2011 5:26 am 
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I have the new rudder and its working great. I would like to have a spare rudder pin or two since I will be doing some expeditions. Can anyone share the part number for the new style pin?


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 25, 2011 2:38 pm 
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88991101 RUDDER PIN-TDM ISL / 2011+ AI

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 07, 2011 9:32 am 
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Hi,
I am going to look at a used 2010 AI next week, which has the twist and stow rudder. Would I be able to get the upgraded rudder for free from Hobie if I purchase the AI?

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 07, 2011 1:14 pm 
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Only 2011 model year Adventure Island needs the replacement rudder. Will not fit the 2010.

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 08, 2011 4:13 pm 
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I got a new rudder installed by the dealer. After one time when there was a problem with the rudder controls, the problem was fixed by the dealer and the rudder now works well. I am impressed by how much more control I get with the new rudder as compared to the old one-great turns in a relatively short distance.

I do notice, however, that in strong winds it takes quite a bit of force to control the rudder. i often ask my wife, who sits in front, to operate the tiller with me. I have tried reefing the sail, which helps a bit, but operating the rudder often still requires a lot of force after reefing. Fortunately we have always been able to maintain control of the boat and have it go where we want.

My question is whether, under these conditions, there is a risk of the pin breaking or having the rudder otherwise become inoperable. If so, should we not be sailing in conditions like this? Also, any suggestions as to how best to being the boat in if the rudder has a problem?

Thanks again for all of the helpful suggestions I have received from this forum.


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 08, 2011 4:27 pm 
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If it takes force to steer... likely the rudder is not staying down all the way. As the rudder moves aft, you will experience more load (weather helm). Pull hard on the down control line and cleat it tight.

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 08, 2011 7:08 pm 
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I will give this a try.

Also, is there any danger in trying to put too much force on the tiller handle during high winds?

Thanks again for your help.


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 08, 2011 8:02 pm 
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Hi Matt,

Are the new straight up/down rudders installed on any Hobie models, other than the new AI/TI's?

Does the Adventure only kayak ship with the T&S?

BTW, I'm very impressed with the vertical rudder. IT handled high winds and moderate Hawaiian surf yesterday without issues. Mahalo Nui!

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 09, 2011 9:54 am 
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Only installed on the AI and TI. Too big for other models... adds drag.

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 09, 2011 4:11 pm 
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Any idea Matt when the new rudder replacements will become available for us in Australia?....Pirate

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 09, 2011 5:51 pm 
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Pirate wrote:
Any idea Matt when the new rudder replacements will become available for us in Australia?....Pirate

:?: :roll:

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 09, 2011 5:52 pm 
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The last of the rudders were shipped by sea in mid July, so soon I would think.

Contact your dealer.

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 14, 2011 11:53 pm 
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Fantastic, I was hoping that we would get them for spring (not far away :D ). I am sick of looking at my TI in the garage; it looks soooo much better in the water.

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