I was able to remove all the screw with a bit of a fight!!!
Then was rather furstrated trying to install BRAND NEW CAST GUDGEONS !!! The holes don't line up. Had to drill tap fight , fight, fight. 4 hours later they work pretty well. I siliconed the transom crack and added a small shim.
Main reason I did this upgrade was the lower gudgeon was bent in at the top about 1/16th of an inch. I could have squared it up with gel coat but decited to go for the new boat look.
More upgrades. I added about 1/4 inch of gel coat to bottoms of the hulls to bring shape back from beach wear. Wet sanded, buffed and waxed whole boat. Added new side diamonds graphics and stripes. New CF numbers will go on today. And were talking to a dealer about new "HOBIE 16" stearn decals. (would be nice if these were listed in the catalog!!!)
Boat got its first stress test last weekend at Commodor's regatta at Huntington CA. It made it 4 out of 5 races with 14 and 15 year old girl team scored 3 place in 16B. Plus scored 3 flips! and a jib pocked blow out.
All in All I think it looks pretty good next to the much newer 16's in this picture.
Off to West Marine's Rigging shop for tramp lacing, jib and maybe a main sheet?
Black Mesh tramp will go on tonight.
Watch out Div 3 16's Abby's got a boat
Corkguy H18 #20