Hobie Cat Forums

It is currently Mon Sep 22, 2014 6:20 pm

All times are UTC - 8 hours [ DST ]




Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 5 posts ] 
Author Message
 Post subject: Old hobie 16 age?
PostPosted: Sun Aug 21, 2011 4:56 pm 
Offline
Site Rank - Deck Hand

Joined: Sun Aug 21, 2011 4:36 pm
Posts: 8
Just flew my first hobie this last weekend. I have so many questions, but I will start with the age of my 16. It is supposed to be from the early 70's and it has a stamped number on the posts going into the hulls (please feel free to let me know the proper name of these posts). Stamp number is 1163. That is the only number on the cat and it is what I used to register in my name. I would appreciate any input.
Thanks,
Scott
Decatur GA


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Old hobie 16 age?
PostPosted: Wed Aug 24, 2011 5:40 am 
Offline
Site Rank - Old Salt

Joined: Sun Aug 26, 2007 5:40 am
Posts: 412
Location: Metuchen NJ
have you looked on the transom, up near the deck lip? there should be a serial # engraved in the gelcoat.

there is also a FAQ page here describing the serial numbers.

_________________
Chris
'88 H18SE Arís


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Old hobie 16 age?
PostPosted: Wed Aug 24, 2011 6:06 am 
Offline
Hobie Approved Guru

Joined: Mon Jul 14, 2003 7:11 pm
Posts: 4611
Location: Detroit, MI
Hi Scott, and welcome to the sport!

sgoldstrohm wrote:
I will start with the age of my 16. It is supposed to be from the early 70's and it has a stamped number on the posts going into the hulls. Stamp number is 1163. That is the only number on the cat and it is what I used to register in my name. I would appreciate any input.

The Hobie 16 was introduced in late 1969, and the first method of serial number placement was just as you describe.

This continued until late 1972, when the practice of engraving 12 character hull identification numbers on the transom was mandated by federal statute.

It's unknown what the first production serial number was, nor what the "final" one was before Hobie Cat shifted to the newer, required system, but 1163 is indeed a boat from the early '70s. It's a testament to the durability of these boats that they're are still in service 40 years after they were made.

sgoldstrohm wrote:
(please feel free to let me know the proper name of these posts)
They're called "pylons".


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Old hobie 16 age?
PostPosted: Wed Aug 24, 2011 4:25 pm 
Offline
Site Rank - Deck Hand

Joined: Sun Aug 21, 2011 4:36 pm
Posts: 8
Thanks for the info everyone! That is as much as I was able to get from the previous owner. Pylons... Thanks. The great thing is, the boat is still in the water and we were able to get it up on one leg at least once in the four days we took it out. I am a little concerned about the rivets in this thing. Don't get me wrong. I am unbelievably impressed with the tank-like construction, but we already have experienced some rivet ripping from the jib sheet block track (term correction?) which is decreasing my jib performance until I get some new rivets placed. Should I just keep carrying my rivet gun with me? I have a thousand mechanical questions about this boat so please keep going, but I also want to talk about repainting the hulls. What on earth do I do about the knurling on top of the hulls when it comes to reglazing? If this is a separate topic, then please inform me and I will refer to another forum topic.

Thanks
Scott
Decatur GA


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Old hobie 16 age?
PostPosted: Thu Aug 25, 2011 5:32 pm 
Offline
Site Rank - Admiral

Joined: Tue Apr 19, 2011 2:46 pm
Posts: 234
Location: Greenville SC
Yes, on the old boats the rivets do fail. I keep a drill and rivet gun in my tool box for that reason.

_________________
2010 AHPC C2 #218


Top
 Profile  
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 5 posts ] 

All times are UTC - 8 hours [ DST ]


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 2 guests


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  
Powered by phpBB® Forum Software © phpBB Group