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PostPosted: Fri Jul 24, 2015 10:19 am 
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I understand that for some folks it can be tough to spend the "extra" money on a Hobie tramp. I wouldn't expect ANY of the third party tramps will be usable in 20 years, and there are hundreds of hobie tramps that old and older still in use. Hobie tramps have an extensive track record of excellence, and to my mind the money would be very well spent. I had to buy a (Slo sails) tramp for my H21SE as my hobie dealer couldn't find a real hobie. It is nice, but I know it won't last like the real thing.

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 28, 2015 11:46 am 
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Hoping to resurrect this thread for a minute because it's something I am going to have to decide soon. A couple weeks ago a 3" rip appeared in the aft-starboard corner of my Hobie brand mesh tramp on my H16, running fore-aft along the seam about 3" in from each edge (in from the side and fore of the back edge). Another parallel tear of about 1-2" appeared from the back edge (at the rear lacing gap) along the bolt rope adjacent to the side rail. I suspect someone was walking or jumping on my boat (parked at the beach).

I bought this tramp from a Hobie dealer maybe 6-7 years ago. I love it. But the boat sits on the beach all summer. I also do not remove the tramp in winter, as the boat is stored covered in a barn. I lace it very tight, so tight you can't get anything in the halyard pocket, and that's the way I like it. Over the last 2 years or so the threads in the web seams has turned light color and is showing through the black mesh. It seems obvious it's UV damage to the threads. But the mesh seems good still. The grommets are still in place with no tears.

I had it repaired at a shoe repair shop by my house that has a big heavy duty sewing machine. He sewed something like luggage handle webbing over the big tear and glued and stitched along the bolt rope that goes in the side rail. I just hope it holds for a few months, then I'll be in the market this winter for a new tramp.

My OEM lasted 6-7 years. I see aftermarket tramps from places like Atomic that offer what looks like the same mesh fabric but with UV resistant thread. They are less than half the OEM price. In what way is the OEM made that makes it a superior choice? It looks like Hobie mesh tramps are about $550 now, wow. Everybody says their stuff is 'heavy duty'. So far the only differentiator I can find is UV resistant thread from Atomic. What should I be looking for, other than a brand name?

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 28, 2015 2:00 pm 
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Minneapolis craigslist has someone who is parting out a h16 and the picture of the tramp looks pretty good and only $50

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 29, 2015 5:52 am 
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NeubaurRL wrote:
Minneapolis craigslist has someone who is parting out a h16 and the picture of the tramp looks pretty good and only $50
A Hobie 16 tramp will not fit on a 14.


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