Hobie Nation ?
Rex Mitchell wrote that in recognition of his famous popular song that he changed the lyrics to. Californication to Hobie Nation, get it? I'll post the whole story to add to the mystique and allure to this cool art project...
I was sitting next to the original owner in the front row taunting him that I was going to score the hull and hang it in the shop, which is utterly ridiculous because my shop is as small as a jail cell. Pure man trip! I bid $1000. The original owner had had a few rums by this point, and got this scary glint in his eye, that I've only seen a few times before, and started bidding. He was determined to win it. I kept saying that I was going to bid after all of the 'low ballers' were finished wasting my time. Pure ridiculousness! I had no intention of bidding anymore. He kept bidding, and finally won. He looked over at me with wide-eyes and said something like, "I'm going to put that on my boat and race it, and wreck it!" He mentioned a few names of a several notoriously dangerous racers, and made hand motions of a hull ripping through a mainsail
A reference to an accident that had recently happened. Meanwhile, I was rolling on the floor hysterically laughing at the whole thing. Classic!
This is where it get's a little fuzzy, I can't remember if he won the auction first or if it was prior to bidding. I think it was after, but the original owner started grabbing people to sign it. Everyone! And being that the original owner is a lover of all music, and Rex just had sang his famous song up on stage, he signed the hull.
A bit of history for the archives. For the 80th?