Capt Numb Nauts isn't quite in racing form yet. I'd probably turn the whole thing in to a demolition derby...and they'd never let me come back--but was glad to see your post anyway.
I got my Gold Goose from Economy Tackle/Dolphin Dive & Kayak back on 7/10. I live in down in Venice (20 mi south of you) and mostly launch into Roberts Bay 200 yds from Gulf (from a sandy beach at the Nokomis north jetty across from Snake Island). Haven't paddled much since.
I'm really enjoying these heaftier fall winds--and I've sailed enough now to want more--but I'm not ready to make an ass out of myself, or reflect badly on other AI enthusiasts, and this new niche in sailing.
I'm the only AI guy down here and would like to hookup and sail with others and discuss common issues (rudder T&S, winglet, hold-downs; spray screens, fishing/camping tramps, barber haulers, wet-suits & winter gear, and Florida events (Sarasota races/Everglades National Park Challenge, etc).
As far as mods--I'm not handy--and wouldn't want to do anything to void the Hobie Warranty. I'd like to see Hobie take the lead.
But CUSTOM PLASTIC FABRICATORs might be interested in making after-market items like -
1. Rudder Blades with winglets
2. Bow Spray Screens
3. Aka to Ama Expedition Tramp specialized for fishing/camping
4. 2 SEAT/LOUNGER/SLEEPING PAD Framework straddling Cockpit & Cargo area having overhead canopy, raised aft mainsheet pulley/barber hauler, the ability to attach a tarp-tent from forward akas over tramp area back to stern. This new exterior pathway should incorporate the current crossbars, house and provide access to rudder lines (accomodate addition of foot controls), a rear motor mount, and a sturdier, better place to operate the rudder. A rudder attached to this sturdy exterior pathway, with rudder lines running through it would eliminate a lot holes/leaks--and the drain plug isn't needed--sponging out water from the aft hatch is easier.
Well, I'm retired, hate golf, love the water, and have nothing to do but think about how I can make this whole experience better, easier, and more fun. My phone # is 941-412-3839 and my email is firstname.lastname@example.org
. Hope we get a chance to meet sometime.