I'm a newbie to forum and Hobie Islands.
I hope to pick up my first and new 2016 TI in two weeks time and I'm really looking forward to it.
I blame this forum and YouTube for my decision.
I have been reading a lot on this forum about transporting the TI by car topping and trailer. I am used to car topping kayaks for years but nothing as big as the TI. I have a 500 mile round trip to my nearest dealer to pick it up I want to be sure I get it home in good condition.
I am currently modifying a small boat trailer and fitting it with a longer draw bar to suit the 18.5 foot TI. It already has two 6 foot carpeted bunks that can be adjusted to suit whatever width I need, but I gather from the forum its best to use PVC pipe as bunks.
I think I could remove the timber bunks which are mounted on 6 foot steel runners and replace them with 3 inch PVC pipe, say 10 foot long. I would cut the PVC pipe length wise and slide it along the steel runners.
I have three questions;
1. Is 3 inch PVC suitable, i.e. will it fit the hull shape of the 2016 TI, if not what diameter should I go for?
2. What should the spacing be between the PVC pipes on a 2016 TI?
3. What length should the PVC be.
I will be able to adjust spacing at the dealer but would like to have it sorted before I leave.
Any other advice is very welcome.