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PostPosted: Thu Nov 17, 2011 10:57 am 
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Hi! My name is Spencer and i live in TN. Anyways i have always admired sailing and the harnessing wind power. More and more lately i have been looking at catamarans and trying to research them enough to where i am comfortable with keeping a lookout for a "good-fair" deal. I have searched and searched and cant find anything on "suggested" depth usage on the hobie18. I want to use this at my parents lakehouse and there are a few sandbars that are 3-4 feet deep depending on normal water levels. I know where most of them are on this lake but if thats pushing it i might have to look at something without daggerboards. I am 230 atm but on a diet/workout plan with a goal of getting down to 190 before summer. Anyways looks like a great board for hobie!

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 17, 2011 2:21 pm 
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3-4 ft' is pretty much the maximum what the 18 draws. I wouldn't worry too much about the sandbars - as long as they're sandbars and not logs / rocks.


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 17, 2011 2:59 pm 
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Not to scare you or anything, but this is what happens when you hit a log or rock. (Go to the 3:50 mark if time is an issue)


Apparently, the boat was not as damaged as you might think.

I sail my H18 on lake with sandbars as well. There are a few spots where its around 4' and I get a little nervous, but have never had any issues <yet>.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 17, 2011 3:27 pm 
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MBounds wrote:
3-4 ft' is pretty much the maximum what the 18 draws. I wouldn't worry too much about the sandbars - as long as they're sandbars and not logs / rocks.

Thanks, i knew there had to a technical term for what i was looking for and thats why i wasnt finding my answer!! lol Only time we really have logs is when there has been a heavy heavy rain, "Usually" clear. Haha learned my lesson the hard way. I use to be big into Stand up jet skis. And after a big storm i went out the next day not thinking, invited a bunch of friends over. Well one chewed up prop and hours of frustration...

rehmbo wrote:
Not to scare you or anything, but this is what happens when you hit a log or rock. (Go to the 3:50 mark if time is an issue)


Apparently, the boat was not as damaged as you might think.

I sail my H18 on lake with sandbars as well. There are a few spots where its around 4' and I get a little nervous, but have never had any issues <yet>.


Thanks for that vid, for some reason that doesnt scare me at all. I grew up on the lake and so i guess most water things do not scary me but i know the inherent risk of water period. Altho i will admit the older i get the more i dont take "Dumb" risk (cliff jumping/rope swings, things like that)



Thanks for the post glad to see a H 18 should still work out for me.


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