I would first like to say hey to everyone, I'm just registered and I'm happy to see there's something like this forum out there for Hobie 17 owners. I recently bought a 17 from 1986, from the original owner, and it is supposedly the first 17 sold in New England. The boat is in nice shape, although it does have a good amount of blistering under the waterline which I'm sure needs attention. I'd like to list a few things that concern me about the boat, and I hope they're not too serious.
Cracking on the hull where the cross tube ends
Blistering under waterline, probably 5-10 blisters every sq. foot
Mylar was removed from dacron as it delaminated, no mylar left
Stress cracks on sides of hull (about 3-5 feet long)
Boat was always moored (I read this is bad, but I don't know why)
The boat itself is beautiful, but when I really inspect the hull it makes me weary. The hulls move together, and all the rigging looks good. Do any other owners have these problems, and can they be very serious?
I bought the boat for $1500 with a trailer, jib, tramp. in good shape, 3 trap. harnesses, sailing gloves and a bunch of other spare sailing stuff he had. I spoke to him about the problem and he said he never noticed it. It had been stored for 3 years outside since it was sailed, so I think the blistering occured since then.
Thanks a lot for any help!