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PostPosted: Wed Jun 22, 2016 3:34 pm 
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I have lurked on this forum quite a bit, and have learned excellent things from you kind posters. Thought I'd contribute.

We have owned 2 TI's, a 2015 which we had to sell, and our current 2016. Both hibiscus (red).

I have remanufactured 2 trailers now. The first was a rather run down boat trailer that I had to cut the rusted back off of, weld in a cross bar, and install cradles. I learned from that design because it articulated or dropped at the landing when catch released and weight was balanced toward water.

The newest trailer is a modified 40X48" Chinese made Northern Tool trailer. I got it unassembled in 2 boxes, added a 3X3" 8' tongue extension, then installed 3 cradles. The donor trailer cost $275.00, to which I added 2 Hobie cradles and one of my own manufacture (fiberglass attached to aluminum angle).

I have the cradles mounted on an articulating frame that lowers the aft end of the TI towards the water on launching, and assists in loading from water.

Next launching I'll take some photo's of the newest trailer and post them.

I did a little AC welding (7018 stick) to tie everything together, but it was pretty easy.

I saw the discussion about adding bike racks to the mix, and that is going to be my first alteration. I plan to add a couple of rails that will allow 2 bikes to snug in on either side of the bow.

just some ideas if it might benefit anyone...


PostPosted: Thu Jun 23, 2016 5:25 am 
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Location: Bellevue, Nebraska
Would love to see photos, specially with the bike racks added. Keep us posted.

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2015 Hobie Tandem Island Hibiscus
  • Trampolines
  • Hobie cover
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