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PostPosted: Mon Sep 07, 2015 1:05 pm 
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Hello everyone, I have a Hobie 14 non turbo (not sure the year), and I was wondering before I started ordering parts if it would be worth restoring.

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Ps. I was also wondering if I should get a bias cut or three piece tramp:)




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PostPosted: Mon Sep 07, 2015 1:10 pm 
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Also the right rudder is not broken, just dissasembled.


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 07, 2015 3:25 pm 
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No.

That's a 30+ year old parts boat. The hulls have seen way too much sun and my suspicion is that they're soft. It's just not worth it.


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 07, 2015 4:31 pm 
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Yes the hulls are soft, but let me rephrase my question. Is it possible to restore it?


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 07, 2015 5:16 pm 
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With another set of hulls you may have something.
Nice trailer.... I could use another one.
I have a pair of 14 hulls that would need work, not the extent of yours though.

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 07, 2015 9:10 pm 
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Quicksilver21 wrote:
Yes the hulls are soft, but let me rephrase my question. Is it possible to restore it?

Possible?

Given unlimited funds and unlimited time, sure you could.

The real question is, do you want to go sailing? Or do want to spend your time and money (lots of time and money) fixing an old, tired boat? If your answer is the latter, then have at it.

If you want to go sailing, then find another boat.


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 08, 2015 7:05 am 
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One more question, what would make it so expensive and time consuming to repair? Also what do you think I could sell the boat and the sail for right now?
I have a friend who said he would buy it anytime, he loves boats.


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 08, 2015 8:32 am 
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The hulls are probably shot. If there are large soft spots, the hulls are really beyond repair. Any punctures that go through the outer layer of fiberglass to the foam core (like what you've got) will easily and quickly cause or accelerate delamination. You'd probably have to fill the entire boat with lots of glue/epoxy just to keep it together. Essentially, you don't have a boat. You've got some boat parts.

The number of parts you'd have to replace will probably end up costing you several thousand dollars. You can buy a good used boat for that.

New standing rigging: $500
New running rigging: $300
Used Mainsheet Blocks: $250
Used Trampoline: $300
Used Mainsail: $300
Used trampoline frame pieces: $500
New Trailer Tires & lights: $200
Hull repairs: $500+++++ (that's at a minimum, for the "quick & dirty" repairs with weeks worth of work. It could be several thousand just for hull repairs.)
Misc. Parts: $300+

Total: $3,150+++++ - you can easily buy a used boat in good condition for that, and it'll be in far better condition than this boat will be even after you've spent all that money!

All together, I'd say the "boat" is worth maybe $250. People expect to have a sailable boat at $1,000+, and a "fixer-upper" at $600-800. This is a parts boat.

If you parts out the boat (which may take a very long time to sell all the parts), you might get:
Mainsail: $50 - $100
The trampoline parts: $100 - $300
The rudders & parts: $100-$200
The trailer: $100 - $500
The mast & boom: $100 - $600


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 08, 2015 12:29 pm 
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^^^ This.

Sure, you could make it "sailable" by just slapping it back together (with duct tape to cover the bad spots and holes in the sail) and taking it out.

But "sailable" does not equal "safe". It's not safe if you have to be rescued every time you take it out because the mast falls down, a giant rip occurs in the trampoline, a rudder breaks off or a hull breaks off at the front crossbeam.

You also said "restore". From the dictionary, restore means to repair or renovate (a building, work of art, vehicle, etc.) so as to return it to its original condition.

This boat is a long, long way from its original condition. It is not worth restoring.


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 11, 2015 9:11 am 
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Thanks for the advice, I'm a 14 year old and this is my first boat. Just wondering if it would be a good project, guess not. Thanks again:)


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 11, 2015 2:31 pm 
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No worries, we just want to make sure you understand what you'd be getting into. Boat restoration is very expensive, and on a boat that far gone, just not worth it. I admire you wanting to take a beat up old boat and make it sail again, but you're much better off trying to find a complete boat, used, and try to sail that. Don't worry, there'll still be plenty to fix!


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 11, 2015 7:07 pm 
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Hey Quicksilver21 - where are you located? I might be able to help you out with a pretty nice H14 that needs no work.


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