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 Post subject: Spray shields
PostPosted: Sun Jan 31, 2010 9:15 pm 
Ok Hobie, I have seen the vidio's of A.I.'s with spray skirts. They really cut the spray ! I want some for my Tandem that is currently on order for spring, so how about getting busy and offering them ... I will have some made up if you dont, but if you do I will order your's.
If anyone else wants these speak up. Let them know there is interest in these and maybe it will happen.
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 Post subject: Re: Spray shields
PostPosted: Sun Jan 31, 2010 9:51 pm 
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I'd buy some. I've made some as per Bob's design and they work great. I'm sure the Hobie ones would last longer though.

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 Post subject: Re: Spray shields
PostPosted: Mon Feb 01, 2010 9:22 am 
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If you put a piece of slightly harder plastic where the aka SS pin rubs, they should last many years.

I've used plastic cut from a milk jug, or better yet, a piece cut from a Flexible Cutting Board http://www.amazon.com/SiliconeZone-15-Inch-Non-Skid-Flexible-Cutting/dp/B00009PGUG.

Round the corners and poke or drill a small hole in 4 corners to attach with the smallest wire-tie you can find.

Below, is a picture done by one of the forum members:
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Besides this area, I've experienced no other wear problems.

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 Post subject: Re: Spray shields
PostPosted: Tue Mar 02, 2010 6:49 am 
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I am new to the Hobie experience, just left a deposit on an AI Tandem, been told it should be to the eastcoast by the end of April.

I haven't sailed in 20 yrs, the 2nd wife didn't take well to it on the Chesapeake Bay, she had this thing about turning green while the boat was well heeled over, so the AI is to fill my void.

I like the idea of the spray sheilds, does someone other than Hobie sell these or sell plans to make your own, etc?


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 Post subject: Re: Spray shields
PostPosted: Tue Mar 02, 2010 11:47 am 
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kwn306 wrote:
II like the idea of the spray sheilds, does someone other than Hobie sell these or sell plans to make your own, etc?


Welcome to the forum!
Kayaking Bob (reconlon) came up with the most popular plans. They can be found here-
https://sites.google.com/site/kayakingbob/Home/spray-skirts

There are a number of posts here with people reporting great success with them. I had to buy a sewing machine to make mine.

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 Post subject: Re: Spray shields
PostPosted: Tue Mar 02, 2010 12:30 pm 
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This post may answer many of your questions:

http://www.hobiecat.com/community/viewtopic.php?t=11179&highlight=

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 Post subject: Re: Spray shields
PostPosted: Wed Mar 03, 2010 6:40 am 
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Thanks for the links, considering the aka's on the AIT are different (attachment to the hull) than the AIS I guess I should wait until the boat arrives before having the wife make us a set.

Waiting.......................... :( :( :(


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 Post subject: Re: Spray shields
PostPosted: Wed Mar 03, 2010 9:49 am 
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The size and layout of the TI's bow to aka area seem to be the same as the AI, so the same "skirts" should work fine. Just the mount points may need to be tweaked.

I wonder how much more spray we may see from the ama being so much larger and further forward compared to the AI. Can't wait to find out! :)

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 Post subject: Re: Spray shields
PostPosted: Wed Mar 03, 2010 10:24 am 
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reconlon wrote:
The size and layout of the TI's bow to aka area seem to be the same as the AI, so the same "skirts" should work fine. Just the mount points may need to be tweaked.

I wonder how much more spray we may see from the ama being so much larger and further forward compared to the AI. Can't wait to find out! :)


If the wife gets that drowned rat look I take a pic for your enjoyment :roll:


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 Post subject: Re: Spray shields
PostPosted: Wed Mar 03, 2010 10:35 am 
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Isn't it the job of the front crewman (woman) in a 2-man, to block the waves and spray from touching the captain in the rear seat? :shock: :) :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: Spray shields
PostPosted: Wed Mar 03, 2010 10:46 am 
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reconlon wrote:
Isn't it the job of the front crewman (woman) in a 2-man, to block the waves and spray from touching the captain in the rear seat? :shock: :) :lol:


Probably is........but I will let her figure that out, mum's the word, she is a good sport, might not be after the 1st trip in the bay with a NE or NW breeze :lol:


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 Post subject: Re: Spray shields
PostPosted: Tue Mar 23, 2010 7:45 pm 
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Kayaking Bob

Thanks for your great spray skirt plans...my wife made two sets of skirts for our two AI's and a set for my Fulmar 19...
they work great!!... With the left over material she also made a couple of sheet bags... Thanks again!

Ron

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 Post subject: Re: Spray shields
PostPosted: Tue Mar 23, 2010 8:49 pm 
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Very nice work, your wife has skills, as do you with the install. :)

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 Post subject: Re: Spray shields
PostPosted: Wed Mar 24, 2010 3:35 am 
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I took mine out for its first run and while it definitely helped stop me from getting smashed in the face by waves bouncing off the crossbar, i found that it tended to make the bow get stuck under waves significantly slowing me down. The skirt was not tight so maybe that may change things.

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 Post subject: Re: Spray shields
PostPosted: Wed Mar 24, 2010 8:25 am 
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ron34422-
what kind of boat is that!!! its like a folding composite AI!!!

Kayaking Bob-
still looking for time to install the spray shield will let you know if i have any problems

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