I'm looking at a Hobie 17 for sale tomorrow and it just so happens to be parked on Jennings Beach, thanks for scaring the crap out of my with those lovely photos!
Supergoldy, I know the 17 Sport you'll be looking at, I met the owner George last year and he told me he was considering selling it. I own the blue and white H18 about five boats closer to the water, so come say "Hi" if you see me.
Aside from needing new shock chord or line for the trampoline, that H17 appears to be in very good condition. Nice EPO rudders with H20-style adjusters. I'm not sure if those adjusters came stock on the 17 but they sure beat what I have. Also, take a look at the keels - I don't believe there's <i>any</i> wear to speak of. All of the gelcoat is still glossy. The one thing I've never seen is the sails. Good luck. Would you be keeping the boat on Jennings?
'82 Hobie 18 SE with '85 Nationals Prism (White) sails
'73 Laser HID# 3463