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PostPosted: Wed Oct 26, 2011 8:26 am 
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Hi there,
I just moved to San Fran and am having trouble finding a local Hobie club. I was wondering if anyone knew of something/someone in the area that I could contact?

I did find a fleet (Fleet 281 I think) but they are based about 90 minutes away from me and because I am in dental school that kind of time in transport is not going to work.

Also, because the water is really cold here I need to figure out what gear to buy. i am getting some hiking pants but will those be warm enough? Will i need to wear a wetsuit under them? Also, if the hiking pants are ok on their own what should i get for my top?

Thanks everyone!

Justin


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 26, 2011 9:56 am 
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Justin,

I'm inland in Sacramento so I'm not sure what fleets would be closest to you, but there are a few, I'm sure they will chime in shortly.

As for gear it depends on your comfort level. I made the switch to a dry suit many years ago and never have used a wetsuit since unless a REALLY warm day or i'm lake sailing. I've gone to a Goretex drysuit on my second go-around a couple years ago and it is awesome. Very comfy and warm without feeling like you ae inside a plastic bag.

At a minimum I'd say wet suit with some kind of splash top.

Welcome to the area!


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 27, 2011 6:41 pm 
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Justin

There is Hobie Fleet 20 most of their events are inland in the valley. There is also Redwood City. There is a large group of cats there. H-16 , F-18 , F-20C.

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 28, 2011 7:52 am 
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Justin,

I'm new to the boards but have been in NorCal for many years and I'm just getting back into the Hobie Nation. I work in the Financial District of downtown San Francisco but live in the Sacramento area, commuting in once a week. Anytime you want to get together we could grab a cup of coffee and compare notes. Welcome to S.F.!

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 28, 2011 10:53 am 
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Figuring out what to wear in San Fran is simple...
DRYSUIT!!

I have always worn mine whenever I've sailed up that way - and you can't go wrong. Kokatat makes a nice one - so does Stohlquist... highly recommend either!!!


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 28, 2011 11:37 am 
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Has anyone used/heard anything about the Gull/Gill drysuits? They are stocked at West Marine... Looks like i will spend more on my outerwear than my boat tho! Anyone perhaps have a secondhand suit they want to part ways with?


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 29, 2011 2:27 am 
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Look up SFF18.org.

Fleet 240, once a very active fleet out of Santa Cruz, is now basically defunct.

Get a 4/3 wetsuit, or as mentioned an nice drysuit. Don't skimp, the bay is cold. Kokatat.

The bay isn't really forgiving, always carry a handheld VHF on your person.

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 01, 2011 10:07 am 
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Jeremy, as for fleet 240 the "Manning" Clan is looking to revitalize fleet 240.
Stan "the man" will be working the beach part and I have been "volunteered" for the racing part.

I know that you put a tremendous amount of effort along with others over the years and are busy with other pursuits - thank you.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 03, 2011 11:08 am 
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WOW! Those Kokokat Goretex dry suits are $800 and up. You are right, that is more than I paid for the boat! I may have to 'settle' for something less and keep this on my long term wish list. Fortunately, during our 4-5 month season the temps are ok for just swim trunks. This would allow me to get another 2-4 months added to the season, perhaps.

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 09, 2011 5:21 pm 
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Justin,

Check out Hobie Fleet 2. Technically we're located in Grass Valley, but most members are in Sacramento. We're more of a laid back social fleet. There are a few racers, but most of us just enjoy fun sailing.

WWW.hobiefleet2.com

We've finished our official sailing season, but take a look next spring/summer. We do some great camping sailing trips.

Adam


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