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PostPosted: Wed Jul 02, 2014 4:52 pm 
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So I finally had an opportunity to use the Hobie Dodger for the TI. I have to say that aside from endemic quality issues in the manufacture (wrong sized fiberglass poles & broken clasps on a NEW UNIT). I don't understand the general dismissal of the item on the forums. I have found the thing to be easy to instal and a great way to shield the front passenger from icy michigan waters! I would recommend it if Hobie would do better QC on the item.

Also. It was BLOWING here on lake Leelanau yesterday. Gusts to 19knots. I went out solo in my TI. And in about thirty feet of water snapped a rudder pin. That's when all hell broke loose. Needless to say steering became impossible. I grabbed my Hobie paddle (which I almost never carry with me) and used it as a rudder. I reefed the sail, headed for the closest shore and proceeded to TRY to replace the pin.

The boat was being blown against a rocky shore and I was unable to reseat the new pin. Eventually, even the second pin snapped while trying to get it in place!

This scenario fills me with horror, because I've done some serious expiditions in Lake Michigan, sometime up to 7 miles from land. I can't imagine being able to replace a pin in 6 foot swells with 65 degree water. ughhhhhhhh! Worst case scenario.

PostPosted: Thu Jul 03, 2014 9:36 am 
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Location: Oceanside, California
Been to Leeland a few times. Great sailing lake!

We are starting up a new vendor for Dodgers, so the quality will be reviewed before approved for sure. I suspect they will be much better as this vendor does a lot of stuff for us and builds a lot of sailing gear. I don't even know what kinds of products the other guys do. Cost will be reflected in that though!

Pins can be damaged before sailing and fail on the water, not likely failed from sailing itself. That is a concern when left without a rudder on the water, so practice with sail trim, partial to full furling, dagger position to help balance the sailing loads can assist in steering and even make it so you can sail without using a rudder.

Matt Miller
Director of Parts and Accessory Sales
Hobie Cat USA

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