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PostPosted: Thu Jun 06, 2013 1:49 pm 
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Hello all, I'm new to this forum but not new to the amazing Hobie line of kayaks. My question is I have a chance to purchase a 2007 AI all stock well sailed but plenty of life left, for a reasonable price under 2k. I currently own a 2012 rev 13 that I was going to add the sailing kit and stabilizing pontoons, till next year then buy a 2013-14 Ai or Ti. any suggestions like should I just wait and buy new or be happy sailing this summer on a 2007 Ai?

any and all feedback welcomed

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KJ


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 07, 2013 1:14 pm 
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If the money is not the determining factor, I'd buy new. A lot of worthy improvements since '07 + the warranty factor on new. As far as TI or AI, depends on your preference. I like the AI, for ease of transport & I do a lot of fishing w/o the sail setup. Also have an Oasis & Revo setup to sail for the guests!

Why wait till next year, why not new now? You're not getting any younger! lol

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 07, 2013 3:07 pm 
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Just a thought, buy the AI now, and then sell it when you are ready to buy new. I would tend to think that the ""loss" when you sell the AI can be thought of as a pretty cheap "rent" for the time you have it.

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 07, 2013 5:30 pm 
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I took a very good look at a 2008 AI that was $2100 and advertised as great condition. I was quickly convinced to buy new. Lots of changes in the past couple of years addressing various design issues. Also great fun tricking out and rigging a new boat your way. Bring a big boy wallet. I would estimate most kayak fisherman put an extra $2000 worth of rigging into an AI.


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 07, 2013 7:55 pm 
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Sailing with a friend or significant other is where it's at as far as I'm concerned, so I recommend a TI!


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 07, 2013 9:02 pm 
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buy it now and enjoy - life's too short to not own one

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 07, 2013 10:02 pm 
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I'm strongly agree with Tony's wise "rental" comments. If this is summertime for you now, go make a killer deal and sail away! Start doing circles around your yakking friends (and then sell it to one of them when that new RED AI or TI catches your eye).

But do a full leak test first and assess any replacement items (sail ripped?) Other stuff, (tramps, VHF, Railblaza stuff, fish finder, etc) you can transfer to a new AI.

And make yourself some Hakas! Life is too short to sail without them. :mrgreen:


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 08, 2013 2:01 am 
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Under 2 grand is quite a good deal....Go with Tony's plan.....you might be content with the 2007 model and see there is not much difference to the other models.....you cant lose on the 2007. :)



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PostPosted: Sat Jun 08, 2013 2:27 am 
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Way to go Matt! We salute you. :lol:

One more post and I think they turn me from an "Old Salt" into a "Pillar".


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 08, 2013 6:19 am 
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Wow thanks for all the good feedback!! I'm going to take a better look at it today, and if it checks out I'll pick it up and rent it to myself for the summer and most likely sell it next spring.

I really cant wait to SAIL!!

-KJ


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 10, 2013 11:59 am 
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tonystott wrote:
Just a thought, buy the AI now, and then sell it when you are ready to buy new. I would tend to think that the ""loss" when you sell the AI can be thought of as a pretty cheap "rent" for the time you have it.

I agree with Tony - I bought a secondhand 2009 (2007 hull) AI when I could not afford a new one - and got on the water immediately - I learned how to sail it and build hakas and take video and do a little fishing etc - I sold it the next season and got almost all my money back. I estimate it cost me $100 to own it for the previous season - try renting one for a week for that money.
So kjredsox make sure it is seaworthy and go for it !

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 10, 2013 4:22 pm 
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It was in better condition then I thought, so I bought it Saturday morning and sailed it that afternoon. I'll be changing quite a few things to my liking, but now I'm sailing an Ai for the summer :-)


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 10, 2013 5:10 pm 
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Congrats, good luck with your new toy!

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