I recently purchased a used Hobie 17 and decided to replace the centerboard ropes as they were too short to lower the boards below 7".
While replacing the ropes, I noticed that the handle fits perfectly in the larger, forward hole, and has a lower profile it that position. Consequently, I tied a knot above the handle so that when sitting in the forward hole, the board was 14" deep.
Is this the correct position for the handle, or should a knot be tied below the handle so that the knot sits in the smaller rear hole, and the handle lays on the deck.
I did notice that the handle-in-the-hole position was harder to grasp quickly, and thought that a strain on the handle might wear it out more quickly. Consequently, I may change back to having the knot for the 14" position below the handle.
Also, my Assembly Manual suggests putting "a small stainless steel washer between the top figure-eight knot and the centerboard handle." I can't figure out the purpose of this in either configuration I have mentioned.
I would appreciate any thoughts on or experience with these issues.