Ron, I have your number and will be looking to meet up with the fleet at some point!
Thanks for all the comments! I became sort of impatient and did some waterborne experimenting with the boat. So I have two semi successful trips so far. I did a ton of reading and have a good understanding of the physics behind sailing, it seems to relate quite a bit to aviation.
I have put a slight hold on sailing at the moment because the mast step has the little holes broken off and I don't have the hinge. Basically I am sick of almost killing myself trying to raise the mast. So I had to order a few parts.
I also got a copy of some "Hobie University" publications and have learned quite a bit from that.
I guess another question for the masses, where do you guys buy your Hobie parts
Ron, How is the sailing store in Lawrence?
I can't wait to see you on the water. Please feel free to call, email or post here with any questions.
We also have an email list we send out to our fleet with activities, events, gatherings and whatnot. I can add you to that if you want. Just shoot me or John E. your email address
Oh and personally when I buy new Hobie parts I have been buying them from Jim Sohn. He is a dealer in Des moines Iowa.
To say he knows his stuff is a complete understatement, and he is great to work with.
But like John. I have plenty of used stuff laying around also if you want.