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 Post subject: Hobie AI Storage
PostPosted: Sun Jun 29, 2014 9:28 am 
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Hi. I would like to ask if it is ok to store my brand new AI on its side like on the picture. Is there any problem concerning hull deformation? I have no other free space to store it as you can see, only against the wall but on the floor (not hanged). Thank you in advance for your replies.

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 Post subject: Re: Hobie AI Storage
PostPosted: Sun Jun 29, 2014 9:35 am 
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I store our 2 AIs on the rails w/o problem. For these AIs, I simply use 2 campstools w/ cloth seats.

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 Post subject: Re: Hobie AI Storage
PostPosted: Sun Jun 29, 2014 10:21 am 
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Thank you very much. I do not store the kayak on the rails. But on its side. The rails do not touch the floor. The campstools surely make much difference but how about the floor? It is much harder.


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 Post subject: Re: Hobie AI Storage
PostPosted: Sun Jun 29, 2014 11:31 am 
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"Rails" probably a poor term. I meant I store our 2 AIs on their side like you. I use simple camp stools w/ cloth seats, about 15" off the floor. Camp stool: http://www.campmor.com/outdoor/gear/Product___40120

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 Post subject: Re: Hobie AI Storage
PostPosted: Sun Jun 29, 2014 12:43 pm 
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Thank you very much. I will try your idea. It will do the job.


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 Post subject: Re: Hobie AI Storage
PostPosted: Fri Aug 29, 2014 11:36 am 
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Hi again guys. I would like to ask you if it is ok to store my AI on the trailer on the Hobie cradle set during the winter?. Do you have any experience on this?


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 Post subject: Re: Hobie AI Storage
PostPosted: Sat Aug 30, 2014 1:40 pm 
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If you're going to store it long term in the winter, get a couple of 2x4s and set them on top of the cradles with the kayak turned upside down on the 2x4s. Minimal cost solution.


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 Post subject: Re: Hobie AI Storage
PostPosted: Sat Aug 30, 2014 2:34 pm 
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Thank you very much for your reply.


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 Post subject: Re: Hobie AI Storage
PostPosted: Sat Aug 30, 2014 6:23 pm 
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slygizos wrote:
Hi again guys. I would like to ask you if it is ok to store my AI on the trailer on the Hobie cradle set during the winter?. Do you have any experience on this?

I have stored my TI on its trailer for over two years now without any distortion, however, this includes support midway between each cradle and that end of the hull.

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 Post subject: Re: Hobie AI Storage
PostPosted: Sat Aug 30, 2014 7:06 pm 
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@Tonyscott - I plan on storing my TI on the trailer during the winter too. If I set up some rollers at the bow, stern, and mid ship between the cradles do you think that would offer enough support to minimize hull distortion?


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 Post subject: Re: Hobie AI Storage
PostPosted: Sat Aug 30, 2014 8:46 pm 
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TI_Tom wrote:
@Tonyscott - I plan on storing my TI on the trailer during the winter too. If I set up some rollers at the bow, stern, and mid ship between the cradles do you think that would offer enough support to minimize hull distortion?


Just flip it for the winter the strongest points on these yaks are the stern and the rails. Or I would put some PVC pipe in between the cradles.


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 Post subject: Re: Hobie AI Storage
PostPosted: Sun Aug 31, 2014 12:34 am 
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TI_Tom wrote:
@Tonystott - I plan on storing my TI on the trailer during the winter too. If I set up some rollers at the bow, stern, and mid ship between the cradles do you think that would offer enough support to minimize hull distortion?

There is no need to take your TI off the trailer and store it upside down in the off season. That is just unnecessary work for no extra benefit, in my opinion. No need for a roller between the cradles either. Just set up rollers midway between each cradle and that end. The hull is easily stable enough with only these four points of support, and the amas, still attached but folded in, need no further support than just the cradles.

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