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PostPosted: Sat Sep 05, 2020 9:52 am 
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Location: Waterford, Mi
Fantastic account of your journey with your vintage ‘77. I purchased what has turned out to be an ‘81 that was trailer-less in Breckinridge Co. almost 10 years ago. She was complete, and overall appeared sound. Originally sold and sailed in Laramie Wy, I felt she would make a suitable rescue/resto project. I know nothing about her past other than what I’ve stated so deductions from club stickers, dealer tags and physical observations have been my education re:boat history. A She’s been raced.....and crashed. A patch on the outside of the starboard hull, sound and watertight, albeit not pretty, suggests so. Out side of that the hulls are firm, dry and fairly clean. The bottoms bear the signs of beach wear but are watertight. The pylons are sound, the corner castings snug and I’ve squared her and installed a new factory Hobie vinyl tramp/line. I’ve installed all new standing rigging complete with updated/current adjusters on shrouds and forestay. I’ve also replaced the mast step and pin and rudder pins. The rudder system is shaggy.....like a bale of straw. I’ve got new cams....need shims, bushings and rudder blades. I’m guessing the six batten Hobie Sail is OE; also just this side of a cleaning rag. I’ve replaced and re capped battens......and it flows air well enough to tear around the lake. The main sheet has been hacked on......way too short....but functional. The main block is a “seaway” setup.....actually fairly easy to use but not “low profile”. Down haul is a line/cleat in main track..out haul is a line/v jam. Sail is tired enough to allow both to be “maxed out” ....downhaul will still flex mast. Mast is straight and clean with comp tip and has a good main halyard on it. I’ve acquired and rebuilt a trailer for her and we boot around to the small lakes in mid/upper Michigan. She’s a dusty old girl that has great bones and I look forward to bringing her back from the brink using some of your experiences in doing the same. My father and I sailed one design mono’s since the early 70’s (osprey, FD, Wayfarer, Lightning, Laser) and I always wanted a faster boat. Even as tired as she is my 14 STILL rips and tears and I can’t wait to power her up with a freshened setup. Again, fantastic story and account of it. I’ll try to keep current postings of my resto efforts as they progress.
Thanks!!
Michael


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