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 Post subject: H20 Discontinued?!?!
PostPosted: Tue Jun 26, 2007 8:33 pm 
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Truth or fiction?

http://www.catsailor.com/forums/showfla ... Post111721

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 Post subject: Re: H20 Discontinued?!?!
PostPosted: Wed Jun 27, 2007 6:37 am 
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hobie1616 wrote:
Truth or fiction?

a drum roll please
:shock: :? :cry: :x :shock: :? :( :x :shock: :? :( :x

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 27, 2007 6:49 am 
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truth we recived a memo the other day.

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 27, 2007 9:00 am 
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Hmmm... We've not heard that. And since we're in the process of building the 2nd one in two weeks, I'd think something would have been said. Though I admit to not reading every single email that comes through the system.

The folks at Hobie are at a Memorial service right now, but I'm sure Matt will chime in when he gets a chance.

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 27, 2007 9:04 am 
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We also received the update from Hobie. Usual reason, lack of buyers for new boats.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 27, 2007 9:35 am 
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Yep... There it is. The memo arrived on the 24th. We just hadn't noticed it yet.

That's a bummer.

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 27, 2007 10:47 am 
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what does this mean in terms of spare parts down the road?


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 27, 2007 10:59 am 
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Hobie will still provide used parts as long as there is a need, they still offer H14 parts H17 parts and H18 parts

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 27, 2007 12:28 pm 
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The folks at Hobie are at a Memorial service right now.


Who died?


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 Post subject: Who?
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The folks at Hobie are at a Memorial service right now.


Who died?


We are sad to lose Pat Powell who has worked with us for over 20 years. She worked in the Hobie Hotline office and then did a lot of office tasks etc over the years. She was a really sweet lady. :(

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 27, 2007 1:28 pm 
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I've seen her name in many an old Hotline.

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 27, 2007 2:09 pm 
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I know... it is a great boat. I love sailing the 20. A buddy of mine, Mike Hammond, and I were just out on his 20 this weekend, having a GREAT time. Discontinuing the 17 was a tough decision, as is the 20.

This is simple supply and demand. Not enough demand and continued production required too many supplies. It is a fact of business life that products reach the end of their sales cycle at some point. I won't bother listing the discontinued models of our competitors (and some competitors themselves) over the last ten to twenty years.

We cannot continue to build a product when that-product requires the purchase of large lots of materials where much of it would go unused. Those materials would not be used up in a reasonable time, if at all. Aluminum extruders are our number one issue for discontinuing product that is at low production volume. We have to buy thousands of pounds of extrusion when we do. This material must also be processed before it shelf hardens. We simply can't have materials just sit on the shelf for years to come. The cost of excess materials and the labor for processing unusable / unsellable materials are prohibitive.

We very much appreciate your support of the Hobie 20 through the last decade and a half. We will, of course, continue to support Hobie 20 replacement part needs through our Parts and Accessories department as we are the 14, 17, 18, 21 and TriFoiler along with others.

To address some concerns about our focus and future...

We are a vibrant and growing company. In fact, our sales of other product that we build is growing very fast. We are continuing to expand our production facility and warehousing both here in Oceanside and in Australia. Along with the Hobie Bravo, Hobie Wave and Hobie Getaway, Hobie 16, Hobie FX-1 and Hobie Tiger, we also build the Hobie Adventure Island (likely the number one selling small sailboat in the World now) and thousands of Hobie Mirage kayaks that sell equipped with accessory sail rigs every year. I believe we will continue to be the leader in bringing new sailors into sailing in general... and high performance sailing specifically as these consumers progress in their sailing experience.

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 27, 2007 4:41 pm 
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what are the prospects of getting the fox in the US?


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pasdnous wrote:
what are the prospects of getting the fox in the US?


I read something the other day about the Fox on Catsailor. There wasn't any positive comments. I don't remember any specifics. There seems to be alot of Hobie haters over there as well so who knows.


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i found it! i guess the dropped the Fox a few years ago, least according to that guy on catsailor. thats a shame. it looked like a pretty sweet boat. my brother and i will probably sail our 20 into the ground and then move to a tornado or nacra. the tiger is nice but its too small for us (we are about 375 together).


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