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PostPosted: Thu Jul 31, 2014 8:50 am 
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I've been wanting to abandon the condom-type sail bag for some time now, since it is just a pain when you are trying for a quick takedown, so I finally ordered the Hobie Deluxe bag. This has a full-length zippered top, so the idea is that I can simply drop the sail into the bag. Based on one weekend of use, I'd say that I can sort of do that.

The catalog says, "...will fit any Hobie sail and boom... Ends unzip to extend for extra long parts." Apparently "extra long parts" is Californian for Hobie 16 sail and boom, because without flapping the two ends down those parts just won't fit. This is a bit of a disappointment since you no longer have the zip-top box effect with the ends folded down; the zippers now go all the way to the ground so there are no closed end walls. And it's still a tight fit to get the H16 boom in there.

I might see if I can sew the zippers together an inch or two from the ends to give me some sort of end walls when I drop the boom in, at least on one end, but I may need every inch of opening that I can get. Basically I really wish the thing were long enough to hold the H16 parts in its normal configuration, or maintained the box shape when it unfolds, but it's just not built that way. At first I thought I had the wrong length bag, but there is only one.

Overall I think it was not a bad buy, and I like having a bag that I can put more stuff into (since I don't have a trailer box) but when it wears out I think I will build one that works the way I thought this one worked. Unless someone else makes & sells one first.

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 31, 2014 8:59 am 
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If it was long enough for the longest... (H16) and then had end storage... the ends would droop and drag on the ground.

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 31, 2014 9:17 am 
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Agreed, I don't think end storage is feasible with the H16 sails. IMO the best design for the H16 is a square bag that is long enough, period. It's already a very long bag with the H16 stuff barely fitting in.

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 31, 2014 2:50 pm 
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On the upside - I have had mine for years and it still works great. I can fit (a bit tight) two complete H-16 sets in the bag. Sails, booms, paddles, and tillers. I can't believe the zippers still work after all this time. I will buy another bag when this one finally tears or blows the zipper.
Really, really well made.


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 06, 2014 8:38 am 
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a hobie sail bag is pretty easy to make. I use real sunbrella fabric that is tough breathable and waterproff The bags have no zipper to break and the sail boom paddle and tiller all go in with even room for a few life jackets The bag is a tube with a string tie on the end
Well actually my wife makes them I just order the sunbrella it comes by the yard 60"x36" the sail bags are 36" wide x 10' long ( the bag is 36" around)
Small pieces of sunbrella are available from a company called Textile Specialist. These bags will several lifetimes and are pretty cheap
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