I was just trying to relay my experience to the OP, so that he proceeds with some caution before getting himself in a situation he can't handle. With the tone of some of these replies, I feel the need to clarify....
gary eudy wrote:
RE: righting a small Hobie Are you people just riding these boats to turtle
as soon as you go over get off boat and begin prep for righting turn all ropes loose make sure the traveler is loose get your hands on your store bought quality proven righting system and get the mast out of the water
RE: Hobie 14 unstable ?
it is a high performance boat however just watch your trim and balance and things should be ok I have never had any problem in my days with this classic Hobie
Maybe you guys should seek some advise form an old hand in your area on the righting of the
Hobie 14 or the 14 Turbo
Re: Righting: Not sure what you mean with the first part, but I'll take it as friendly sarcasm. My daughters 14 goes turtle quicker than one can do all the things you suggest. I agree they are the things to do, but if the masthead gets stuck in the mud 20 feet down, none are going to help a bit. That's why I wanted to caution the OP, who also specified he sails in shallower waters.
RE: Hobie 14 unstable ? If you'll read my frst post, I was indicating that it's relatively unstable when trying to unturtle or right (i.e., when it's on its side or thereabouts). It's very sensitive to fore-aft balance. Weight a little to far fore or aft will sink that end fairly quickly causing one to lose balance, fall, and start all over or really have to fight to stay standing up. This is very tiring, which hinders further efforts. (I agree that it's VERY stable when it's upside down!)
I am the 'old hand' in my area, but am fairly new to the 14. I'm glad to hear that you have sailed one, at least, because many of the replies here were generic or regard righting other boats. As stated earlier, I have much less difficulty with my 16, which is surprising to me.
My mast is totally empty and sealed. Anybody got other ideas why it turtles so quickly?