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 Post subject: Hobie craddle set
PostPosted: Fri Sep 28, 2012 1:29 pm 
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I have purchased the craddle set for my PA and have spent way too much time trying to get a good fit. Has anyone at Hobie tried the fit of the front craddle to the hull? I have spent about 5 hours trying to tweak these craddles to get a good fit. The rear set seemed to work best when I ripped the 2X4 at 10* angle (I can"t fathom why they are not set up for flat mounting 90*). I can't find a point where the front fits properly. I even tried finding where it would fit on the hull just holding it up to the hull, not a very good fit anywhere. To even come close to having the side/bottom pads make contact the plastic above the pad at the craddle rubs the hull. In order to keep the plastic from rubbing the sides is to add additional 1/2" padding which seems kind of mickey mouse for me. Am I being to picky ? Has anyone tried these craddles?
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The closest I could get using additional padding......I wonder if the pressure is spread out evenly??
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The rear works well after finding the angle, I have mine set up as removable because I don't want to stress the ends of the craddle sliding the PA through as it gets wider.
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*I am at 67 1/2" which seems best.


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 Post subject: Re: Hobie craddle set
PostPosted: Sat Sep 29, 2012 7:51 pm 
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Was wondering the same sort of thing myself. I'm wondering if the proper length for mounting the cradles differ between the models, as I have the PA 12 which is shorter than most. after digging I found this.
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 Post subject: Re: Hobie craddle set
PostPosted: Sun Sep 30, 2012 5:44 am 
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The Hobbie craddles I got look totally different, very flimsy plastic. I am most likely bringing them back and I am very dissapointed that I spent so much time trying to make them fit. I should have spent all that time making my own.


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 Post subject: Re: Hobie craddle set
PostPosted: Tue Oct 09, 2012 8:05 am 
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Am I the only person who bought these? Has anyone at Hobie even tried them on the hull?


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 Post subject: Re: Hobie craddle set
PostPosted: Tue Oct 09, 2012 8:30 am 
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ecduzitgood wrote:
Am I the only person who bought these? Has anyone at Hobie even tried them on the hull?


The cradles are molded and have enough tolerance for variations in hull shapes due to the hull molding process. The pictures you posted look normal to us.
If you are unhappy with any product that we build feel free to return them to your purchasing dealer for a full refund.

They are the only ones we make now (the other posted talks about the original design cradles which were hand laid in fiberglass) We replaced those with the newer molded design, but the fit to the hull is the same, its just a better way of manufacturing, since we weren't able to keep up with demand making them by hand. We had to make the switch over to thermo-forming in order to be able to produce enough to keep up with order volume.

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 Post subject: Re: Hobie craddle set
PostPosted: Tue Oct 09, 2012 1:30 pm 
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Are there any plans to develop a cradle set for an Outback?


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 Post subject: Re: Hobie craddle set
PostPosted: Tue Oct 09, 2012 1:48 pm 
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knowltoh wrote:
Are there any plans to develop a cradle set for an Outback?

No - we suggest for standard kayaks to just flip them over as the deck is much stronger - the only reason we do cradles for Islands and Pro Angler is due to their size and weight - it would be a pain to flip them over but an Outback or Revo or other, it's simple.... sorry.

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 Post subject: Re: Hobie craddle set
PostPosted: Sun Dec 08, 2013 5:57 pm 
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How durable are the cradles for the PA 14 and what is the recommended distance from the manufacturer? Really debating whether to buy them or do a PVC assembly myself for my trailex.


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 Post subject: Re: Hobie craddle set
PostPosted: Sun Dec 08, 2013 6:15 pm 
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ecduzitgood wrote:
Am I the only person who bought these? Has anyone at Hobie even tried them on the hull?
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PVC is the way to go in my opinion.
Cheap and they easily conform to the exact shape you need them to. Plus you can adjust if you change boats easily.

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 Post subject: Re: Hobie craddle set
PostPosted: Tue Dec 10, 2013 11:21 am 
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InlandYaker52 wrote:
How durable are the cradles for the PA 14 and what is the recommended distance from the manufacturer?


Very durable. No real issues after thousands sold.

67" is the spacing as noted in the catalogs.

Also noted... hulls vary and change shape with heat and storage compression, so fits will vary. They do not have to fit like a Glove to displace loads sufficiently.

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 Post subject: Re: Hobie craddle set
PostPosted: Tue Dec 10, 2013 3:58 pm 
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Curious....Will the cradles "take form" to the hull if stored with the boat in place for some period of time, say over the winter, or if "warmed", for example?


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 Post subject: Re: Hobie craddle set
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SteveLIBS wrote:
Curious....Will the cradles "take form" to the hull if stored with the boat in place for some period of time, say over the winter, or if "warmed", for example?


I would bet the hull will form to the cradles mostly.

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 Post subject: Re: Hobie craddle set
PostPosted: Thu Dec 12, 2013 8:29 am 
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I am keeping my PA12 on the Trailex with cradles from Hobie. My question is whether that is a satisfactory way to store it for the winter. Will it take a set? I sent Hobie a query on this but they never responded to me. Prior to this boat I had owned a Mokai- same material- and it took a permanent set from my storage setup.


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 Post subject: Re: Hobie craddle set
PostPosted: Thu Dec 12, 2013 9:05 am 
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On cradles should be fine.

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 Post subject: Re: Hobie craddle set
PostPosted: Thu Dec 12, 2013 9:08 am 
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Thanks, I appreciate that.


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