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 Post subject: older wildcat
PostPosted: Mon Jan 23, 2012 8:02 pm 
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What changes have been made between new and 2009 wildcats? Any problems to be concerned about?

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 Post subject: Re: older wildcat
PostPosted: Tue Jan 24, 2012 5:53 am 
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Rich...

There have been a few changes. These are the upgrades I did to my 2010 Wildcat:
1.) Mast step - originally just had a socket that the mast rotated on. No stepping mechanism. Upgrade now has a forked socket that engages the mast post under the metal rotation ball. This was a retrofit kit included with the boat when I got it.

2.) Rudder arms - original set up had the "gear shift" knob at the end of a stainless/fiberglass arm. These were breaking at the stainless/fiberglas crimp. The original retrofit kit was to replace with a aluminum tube/knob but these were failing at the weld between the tube and stainless nut (dissimilar metals). They have since between replaced with stainless tubes/knobs and work fine.

3.) Daggerboard uphaul - new boats now come with grooves in both the DB's and hulls to accommodate an uphaul line. My boat does not have the hull grooves. I purchased only one new DB with the grooves (for the port side) and installed a uphaul system. Works great.

4.) Mast Rotation Release - another kit available from Hobie or you can make one yourself. Allows for quick blowing of the rotator when transitioning downwind. This works great also.

5.) Rotator Markings on trampoline - new boats come with markings on the tramp in the shape of an arc. This allows you to make consistent adjustments in mast rotation. I added marks using a colored liquid plastic that is waterproof and wear resistant. Magic marker doesn't hold up and is hard to see on black tramps.

6.) Rudder Pins - Pins have been modified slightly from a welded "button" at the top to a welded "tab" that is inserted into a slot on the rudder system. This makes the pins stationary in reference to the rudders...rotating at the gudgeons instead of the rudder housing. Also makes it easier to engage the keeper pins.

7.) Snuffer - I upgraded to a SNU

That's it for now...can't wait to see what other stuff they've modified :wink: Good luck.

John 8)


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 Post subject: Re: older wildcat
PostPosted: Tue Jan 24, 2012 10:05 am 
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Thanks JB for your reply to Rich - the mast step and rudder arms were all upgraded from the first batch of boats - so they should all have the current system. Our demo boat that Greg and I sail has those updates, but we never installed the mast step but still have it ready if and when we ever find the time to do the swap.

Rich - you talk the wife into making the switch???

We have blue in stock!!! haha


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 Post subject: Re: older wildcat
PostPosted: Tue Jan 24, 2012 12:26 pm 
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JB -
Did I miss anything? :lol: Is there something new I should be warned about? :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: older wildcat
PostPosted: Tue Jan 24, 2012 12:37 pm 
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Nope - I think you covered it just fine :)

The (original) JB :)


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 Post subject: Re: older wildcat
PostPosted: Tue Jan 24, 2012 12:40 pm 
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What about the new special kit you were talking about? Or is that just a west coast secret?

Thanks for the info guys.

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 Post subject: Re: older wildcat
PostPosted: Tue Jan 24, 2012 12:44 pm 
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West coast secret? Come on JB...I'm a left coaster at heart...spill the beans :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: older wildcat
PostPosted: Tue Jan 24, 2012 12:54 pm 
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Sorry, but it's so special that even I don't know what it is...and I work for Hobie Cat.
See ya out on the water soon boys. Rich - you coming down for SD Noods in March? Should be fun!


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 Post subject: Re: older wildcat
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We have a schedule conflict but we are working on it.

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 Post subject: Re: older wildcat
PostPosted: Thu Jan 26, 2012 1:31 pm 
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So did Daisy let you go for an upgrade Rich???......

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 Post subject: Re: older wildcat
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dwight916 wrote:
So did Daisy let you go for an upgrade Rich???......


As of this time I am still on the Tiger for this year.

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 Post subject: Re: older wildcat
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Tigerboy1 wrote:
West coast secret? Come on JB...I'm a left coaster at heart...spill the beans :lol:

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1. Main sheet system from 10:1 to 12:1 (see ill.). The change is inside the current class rules/building specification.

2. Main sail – sail curve optimized to the fuller – panels and measurements remain unchanged. The change is inside the current class rules/building specification.

3. Daggerboards will be lengthened 30cm. This has been done to steady the boat in certain conditions. This change does require approval with comment period till Deadline: 18:00 CET, February 28, 2012. The longer dagger boards will be class legal as of April 1, 2012 if accepted. See daggerboard document below for full details

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 Post subject: Re: older wildcat
PostPosted: Sun Jan 29, 2012 8:58 am 
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Holy crap! 12:1 main?


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 Post subject: Re: older wildcat
PostPosted: Sun Jan 29, 2012 3:11 pm 
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Karl Brogger wrote:
Holy crap! 12:1 main?

Not just that - how about boards that are over a foot longer?

They're almost 7' long. That's nuts.


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 Post subject: Re: older wildcat
PostPosted: Mon Jan 30, 2012 4:31 am 
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I'll bet you'll see more really short DB's after a rough day...when they snap off at the keel :P Where's the point of diminishing returns?


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