Man, this is so frustrating
. Right when I think I have a decent Hobie close to me, I get let down again. I’m scheduled to meet this gentleman on Saturday. If I end up buying it, I’ll post more pictures right away.
He is supposed to be texting me the HIN off the title. He has stated, on multiple occasions, the title reads 1991. It sounds like I need to make sure the title has the same HIN as the boat. The owner before him might have given him a title to a different boat, without current owner even knowing.
I guess a ’82 doesn’t scare me. It just means I’m up against a different set of challenges. All these pictures of broken halls, conversations about bad design’s, and even soft spots sound a bit intimidating for a newbie on the Mississippi river
It could be that someone misread the HIN at some point (they're hand engraved and get a little faded after a while), and it actually is a 1981. OR maybe its the wrong title entirely. I don't know how you'd go about fixing the title from a legal standpoint. It's not necessarily an issue in terms with the physical boat, *if* you know what you're actually getting and pay according.
There's a good post someone wrote this spring on what to look for different model years that I found very helpful when I was looking at mine: