Hello Hobie community!
I'm new to all this, had use of a Hobie when I was younger and always said I was going to have one. So after driving 4 hours and inspecting as best I could the boat was mine. Bought a '79 and thought I was getting a good deal but now I'm not so sure it's that GREAT of a deal. I'm happy but now the worklist begins and I need help from the experts.
I know that I'm going to have to purchase a new tramp, a new mast step, and a new rudder (one is broken about 3/4 of the way down.)https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-jZc6 ... _00911.jpghttps://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-14TA ... _00909.jpghttps://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-d5nO ... _00906.jpghttps://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-3SAi ... _00908.jpg
My beginning questions are:
1. there are no soft spots on the hulls but a few cracks that don't go too deep. How do I fix these? I've been searching the forum for a hard and fast go by procedure but can't really come up with one.
2. The mast step needs to be replaced and since it has changed a little since '79 should I change the mast base as well so they match?
3. Can the broken rudder be repaired, I have the broken off piece, or do I need to buy new one or both?
4. I'm in Baton Rouge, are there any other hobie owners here?
Thanks for any advice and pointers.