There are some pretty big chunks o foam between the pylons...I would think it would be damn tough to sink a 16.
yeah, it'd be a much cooler story if it sank though. I'm gonna stick with that.
Wow, Cherokee (John?)... that is a crazy situation. If these boats are going to be parted out let me know if I can help with anything; as I've mentioned before there's another summer camp that needs a tramp or two and a mast. Probably more.
As for replacement boats, have you considered something other than 16s? On the one hand there are a bajillion old Hobie 16s around, so they are pretty cheap, but on the other they are not particularly durable. I could see a fleet of Getaways being a better idea, albeit more expensive. They can probably sit with water in the hulls nearly forever without damage, and tolerate impacts better as well. That said, there's a local 16 for sale, $600, that I'd be happy to check out for you.
Yeah, we always keep our parts, just because we know we'll need them eventually. It's not at all my decision on which boats we keep around, but I can say with some certainty that we'll be keeping Hobie 16s around for awhile. They are a bit more exciting than Getaways/the old H16s have a certain element of danger, and that really can build character. Thanks for the offer, but we have actually been coming across quite a few 16s to look at, not too far from us, from what I've heard. It'll work out, stuff eventually does that around here.