Hobie Cat Forums

It is currently Fri Jul 11, 2014 12:23 pm

All times are UTC - 8 hours [ DST ]




Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 18 posts ]  Go to page 1, 2  Next
Author Message
 Post subject: New TI owner -almost!
PostPosted: Mon Sep 10, 2012 6:18 am 
Offline
Site Rank - Captain

Joined: Tue Sep 04, 2012 2:23 am
Posts: 33
Location: Mandurah, Western Australia
Just a matter of days now, and it's like I'm six years old and it's Christmas eve.

I've wanted one since I first had a go on one in February, and it's all coming together.

Trailer is done and parked in the garage, and I've been busily accumulating all sorts of accessories for when she arrives:
Tramps, Sounder/GPS, rod holders, Mirage spares, rudder pins, anchor trolley, Trax cart, deep gear bucket, handheld VHF, EPIRB, life jackets etc etc....
I've even got some tabs to put on the AMA bungees. Still can't work out why they don't come that way. :?

How am I doing so far? Am I missing anything important?
Keep in mind I want to keep it as stock as possible. All of the above will require a grand total of one hole to be drilled, and I'd like to keep it that way if possible. :wink:

Thankyou folks. The previous threads on this forum have been a wealth of information thus far.

Regards,
Oatesy.
:)


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Mon Sep 10, 2012 11:03 am 
Offline
Site Rank - Old Salt

Joined: Sat Nov 05, 2011 1:58 am
Posts: 1413
Location: Forster, NSW, Australia
Welcome aboard Oatsey! I know the feeling, and it is still there even after three months of sailing! I suspect that I am the most prolific TI user here, averaging three outings every week since launch (goodness knows what summer will be like!)

From you description, it sounds like you have gone along the same lines as I have in terms of fit-out, other than your use of a cart. I chose to just rely on a trailer with winch to minimise manhandling what is a pretty hefty vessel for this old age pensioner.

I can imagine easy (and exciting) trips between Rotto and the mainland, and your grin matching mine.

One simple mod I would recommend highly is a masthead wind indicator, cheap, yet really enhancing sailing enjoyment. Here are some details I put together for someone else on thew Hobie Oz forum.

The standard masthead has a slot for the loop attached to the sail to locate in, with tension on the sail handled by the downhaul at the furling drum.

As I didn't want to disturb that arrangement. I went to Bunnings and bought a pvc pipe connector with the approximate inside diameter to slip over that loop, and attached it with a couple of self-tappers.

I bought a wind indicator from Whitworths (Windward dinghy wind indicator, part number 93914 price $25), and removed the secondary arms (not relevant on a rotating mast).

I had about 6cms of some spare clear plastic tubing which is a push-fit for the base of the indicator, and shoved some dowling up from the bottom to avoid the mounting nuts and bolts crushing the tubing when tightened.

So I drilled a couple of more screws through the top half of the pvc connector and the plastic tubing (with dowling reinforcement). So I now had the clear tubing locked to the top of the pvc connector, which in turn was screwed to the masthead.
Image

Now, all I do just before lifting the mast into the vertical, is push the base of the indicator into the clear tubing. Easy-peasy!

I find the wind indicator absolutely indispensible for sailing efficiently, picking up windshifts, and speeding up lining up the new tacking angle, which can be really important when going to windward amongst the myriad of oyster leases in my local lake. If you are sailing in open waters it might not be so critical, but either way, it is such a cheap mod, and it adds to the enjoyment of sailing!

_________________
Tony Stott
2012 Tandem Island "SIC EM"
www.scenefromabove.com.au


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Mon Sep 10, 2012 2:28 pm 
Offline
Site Rank - Captain

Joined: Tue Sep 04, 2012 2:23 am
Posts: 33
Location: Mandurah, Western Australia
That's a really good point Tony. Now you've mentioned it, I do recall thinking a wind indicator would be helpful when I first tried the TI.

I might look at burning a small hole in the loop and putting a threaded brass insert into the mast tip, then putting a thread on the bottom of the wind indicator. :idea:


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Mon Sep 10, 2012 3:04 pm 
Offline
Site Rank - Old Salt

Joined: Sat Nov 05, 2011 1:58 am
Posts: 1413
Location: Forster, NSW, Australia
Believe me, it is so much simpler to do it the way I did, and the whole lot can be totally removed leaving just two holes where the self-tappers went through the mast The wind indicator is a simple friction fit in the clear tubing. BTW I could post you a length of the tubing.

I should also mention that the pvc pipe connector serves double duty now, as it holds the top sheave on a halyard I use to send a 360 degree LED white light up there so I can legally be at sea during the dark.

Here are the bits needed for that
Image

_________________
Tony Stott
2012 Tandem Island "SIC EM"
www.scenefromabove.com.au


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Mon Sep 10, 2012 4:14 pm 
Offline
Site Rank - Captain

Joined: Tue Sep 04, 2012 2:23 am
Posts: 33
Location: Mandurah, Western Australia
tonystott wrote:
BTW I could post you a length of the tubing.
]


Thanks for that Tony. I might just take you up on it, depending what I find around the house. :)

I see what you mean about the pipe connector being multi purpose. Is it screwed into the actual mast, or just the mast tip?


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Mon Sep 10, 2012 6:04 pm 
Offline
Site Rank - Old Salt

Joined: Fri Jan 05, 2007 9:21 pm
Posts: 2219
Location: Maui, Hawaii
I go even simpler, 3 feet of 1 1/2" rograine ribbon, tied to the end of the highest batten. No need to put on/off, just slide the sail/mast into the bag. I use different colors to tell which boat is which at a distance.
Image

_________________
Image
http://KayakingBob.com - - - - - Hobie Island Sailing since 2006 - - - - - 2011 & 2012 Hobie AIs and a 2012 TI


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Mon Sep 10, 2012 6:15 pm 
Offline
Site Rank - Old Salt

Joined: Sat Nov 05, 2011 1:58 am
Posts: 1413
Location: Forster, NSW, Australia
I thought of doing that too Bob, but the air back at that batten is slightly disturbed by the mast and the sail, and also gets messed up when you partially furl the sail. The masthead indicator works the same even of the sail is completely furled and all parts in between 8)

PS your ribbon looks way cooler but 8)

_________________
Tony Stott
2012 Tandem Island "SIC EM"
www.scenefromabove.com.au


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Mon Sep 10, 2012 6:18 pm 
Offline
Site Rank - Old Salt

Joined: Fri Jan 05, 2007 9:21 pm
Posts: 2219
Location: Maui, Hawaii
That's what's so great about these boats (and this forum). So many ways to customize and personalize them, and so many great ideas... 8)

_________________
Image
http://KayakingBob.com - - - - - Hobie Island Sailing since 2006 - - - - - 2011 & 2012 Hobie AIs and a 2012 TI


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Mon Sep 10, 2012 7:24 pm 
Offline
Site Rank - Old Salt

Joined: Fri Dec 05, 2008 2:32 am
Posts: 1772
Location: Calga NSW, Australia
I've copied Bob's idea with the ribbon, but I'm struck by how the ribbon seems to be streaming straight back when I'm sailing close hauled. I'm sure I'm not sailing THAT close hauled.
I think it might be acting like a giant tell-tale.

_________________
Image


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Thu Sep 13, 2012 10:03 pm 
Offline
Site Rank - Captain

Joined: Tue Jan 11, 2011 5:13 pm
Posts: 36
Location: Belmont Shore, Southeren California
I know what you mean when you say "like a kid at Christmas". I'm on week 5 (ordered Aug 8th) waiting for my Tandem Island. :( And I'm less than 2 hours from the factory in Oceanside!

_________________
Image Image


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Thu Sep 13, 2012 10:57 pm 
Offline
Site Rank - Old Salt

Joined: Sat Nov 05, 2011 1:58 am
Posts: 1413
Location: Forster, NSW, Australia
The awesome thing is that they are worth the wait!!! :mrgreen:

_________________
Tony Stott
2012 Tandem Island "SIC EM"
www.scenefromabove.com.au


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Tue Sep 18, 2012 6:54 pm 
Offline
Site Rank - Captain

Joined: Tue Sep 04, 2012 2:23 am
Posts: 33
Location: Mandurah, Western Australia
Got it! :)

Okay, so I was assembling the new TI yesterday, and there's an allen wrench with the small parts.

Does anyone know what it's for?

Cheers!
Oatesy -Officially the proud owner of a Tandem Island. 8)


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Tue Sep 18, 2012 7:16 pm 
Offline
Site Rank - Old Salt

Joined: Tue May 18, 2010 2:31 pm
Posts: 2641
Location: Kailua 96734
Hmmmmn, depending on the size, it's for the adjusting the mirage drive (5/64"), drivewell (3/16"), or Aka crossbar, or scupper cart collars or ???


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Wed Sep 19, 2012 8:44 pm 
Offline
Site Rank - Captain

Joined: Tue Sep 04, 2012 2:23 am
Posts: 33
Location: Mandurah, Western Australia
Yeah Nohuhu. Aka Crossbar maybe.
Seemed a little strange to list it in the owners manual but not mention what I'm supposed to do with it. :roll:


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Thu Sep 20, 2012 2:29 am 
Offline
Site Rank - Old Salt

Joined: Sat Nov 05, 2011 1:58 am
Posts: 1413
Location: Forster, NSW, Australia
I just took mine and wandered about my TI looking for things it would fit in! (scientific ah? :mrgreen: )

_________________
Tony Stott
2012 Tandem Island "SIC EM"
www.scenefromabove.com.au


Top
 Profile  
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 18 posts ]  Go to page 1, 2  Next

All times are UTC - 8 hours [ DST ]


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  
Powered by phpBB® Forum Software © phpBB Group