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PostPosted: Wed Jul 11, 2012 5:18 am 
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Finally launched my resurrected Hobie after 2 1/2 years of body work and replacement of many parts. The bad news is that it cost way more than it's worth to fix the old (1970) gal up. The good news is that I had an absolute blast for 4 hours yesterday - even managed to get up on one hull a time or two, and I thought the breeze was fairly light! The tramp held; the sail held; no rudders broke in two; no leaks in the hulls. I was sure, after all the false starts I've experienced fixing her up, that something would go wrong on the first sail. But it was just screaming fun!

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Can't wait for the breeze to pick up here in Maine this morning.

Still have to fix a rudder alignment problem and a traveler issue, but they're minor and don't stop me from sailing.

Thanks for all the advice and knowledge on the forum.

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 11, 2012 7:28 pm 
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Congrats!! The Hobie 14 is a blast. I enjoy singlehanding mine as much as I do sailing my 16 or 20. Your boat looks fantastic.

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 11, 2012 7:34 pm 
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Congrats! I'm still tinkering with mine, hopefully by the end of summer.

Your boat looks amazing!

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 12, 2012 2:01 pm 
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Congrats! Glad to here there were no issues!

I actually just launched my 14 for the first time last weekend. It was a 1972 freebie and i put about $500 and 4 months into it to get her back up to good condition.

Same problem here though! There just hasn't been much wind here in Vermont this week. just a very light breeze and the occasional few second gust.

I did also manage to get here up on 1 hull for a few seconds though!

Congrats man, it is a real pleasure getting out there and sailing the boat you have worked so hard on isn't it!

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 16, 2012 4:52 am 
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Thanks!

Fixed the rudder alignment problem in what seems to be a very unorthodox way, but it works. Here's what they looked like when the boat was reassembled. When lowered, the starboard rudder was toed in about 1 1/2" when the port side was straight. And no, the upper castings and tubes weren't on the wrong sides. Also can't see any bend in the tubes - when held back to back with tube bends directed away from each other, the bends are identical and the ends of the tubes are equidistant from an imaginary center line running between them.

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Took about an inch off the tiller crossbar which brought the rudders into alignment with about 1/8" toe in. The one thing I noticed when sailing after this fix is that tacking is easier without the extra (severe) drag. Even though the crossbar is shorter on one side of the tiller extension by an inch, I can't notice it when sailing.

Any guesses as to why the rudders got so out of whack?

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 16, 2012 5:32 am 
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blord5 wrote:
Any guesses as to why the rudders got so out of whack?
At some point, the tiller crossbar was replaced by a 16's. The 14 is 6" narrower than a 16, so the tiller crossbar is longer.


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 22, 2012 10:54 am 
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My solution would have been to just always keep one hull flying. :lol:

Good information on the crossbar lengths. Thank you.

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