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PostPosted: Mon Jul 11, 2016 10:09 pm 
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Long story short: 20 years ago, my husband (now ex) had a Hobie 18 which we sailed on a smallish lake in northern Iowa for a couple of summers. We took it with us when we moved to AZ but then started our family and ended up selling the boat. I've moved back to the smallish lake town in Iowa and bought an '81 Hobie 16, which I have no idea how to sail. A friend of mine said it was pretty dangerous for me to try to learn how to sail it by myself (I'll be 50 in Sept.) and suggested I find a Hobie 14. I just bought a '79 H14 that was turned into a Turbo but the guy I bought it from had never used the jib. I've got all the pieces (I think) and am wondering how to rig it. If I don't install the jib, do I still need to put the furler thing on the forestay? I had a heck of a time trying to get the forestay attached when I was practicing stepping the mast on dry land. Any suggestions would be GREATLY appreciated!

I've got 2 Hobies, neither of which I know how to sail...I feel like Gilligan :wink:


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 12, 2016 5:54 pm 
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Location: Clinton Lake, Kansas
If you don't have a pair of Standard (non Turbo) bridle wires, yes you'll need to use the furler.

Another thing to ease the pain...
Move one, or both, of your side stays to the top hole of adjuster plate (at hull top) to step the mast.
Then, while pulling down on trapeze wire, move the pin back to sailing position.

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 12, 2016 7:09 pm 
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You need a different boat... check out the Hobie Bravo. Great starter boat, 12 ft long and yet lots of fun.

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 12, 2016 9:46 pm 
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I've already got 2 Hobies that I don't know how to sail, don't have enough room to store another. My boyfriend is fabricating a kind of gin pole set up on my trailer so I can step the mast on my H14 by myself since he travels all the time for his job. I was practicing with it and could have done it but the forestay was just a bit short of reaching that shackle thing on the front where the 2 wires come together from the hulls. I've got the furler and the jib for that matter but was hoping to just start with the main until I got things figured out.


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 14, 2016 7:31 am 
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As flatlander says, on the 14T you have to loosen the rig (move shrouds to top hole) before stepping the mast, then tighten them back up afterwards.

The beauty of a furler is that you can sail with or without the jib at will, so I'd leave the jib on and furl it when you don't want it.

Post your Iowa location.....there may be someone on here nearby to meet up with and get some help. I know there are lots around Storm Lake, Clear Lake, etc.

As long as you and the boat are in reasonable shape, I think the 14T would be a great boat to learn on. Practice righting it sooner rather than later.

Be safe!

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 14, 2016 9:38 am 
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Thanks for the info Jerome! I'm in Clear Lake, IA. I have to trailer my boat because the waiting list for space on a public dock is 12 YEARS long! My H14 is sitting on a trailer at my bf's acreage just waiting to hit the water but I'm still practicing on rigging her before I get out on the water. She's in really good shape for her age ('79) and I'm in fairly decent shape as well for my age ('66)! I just don't want to get out on the water and figure out that I missed something in the rigging. The guy I bought the boat from took the time to turn in into a Turbo thinking his kids would want to sail it when they got older since they had had so much fun dragging from the dolphin striker when they were little but it just sat in his garage. So he basically never sailed it as a Turbo. Hopefully this weekend is the big maiden voyage for us :)


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 20, 2016 2:22 pm 
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If you don't know them already, get in touch with Chris Wessels and his gang around Clear Lake.

On the HCANA site, the Clear Lake (Fleet 10) contact is listed as Jeff Griffin:

http://hcana.hobieclass.com/hobie-fleets/

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 20, 2016 8:33 pm 
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Chris is the reason I now own 2 boats :) Went to see him about my H16 and he pretty much told me it was too much boat for a single female that hadn't sailed in over 20 years to be learning alone on. Then he hooked me up with another guy and that's how I ended up with my H14 turned Turbo, only former owner never sailed it with the jib. Come hell or high water, I'm going to get it on the water this weekend and stay out until I know what I'm doing.


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