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PostPosted: Tue May 01, 2018 7:43 pm 
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I bought a 24’ jet boat for my large family and sadly I am selling my 2017 Tandem Island. I just know I will not have the time to enjoy it anymore. I am located in Northern New Jersey right across from NYC. My TI was always cared for, washed, treated with 303 UV protector and stored in heated/cooled garage.

All in all, I don’t think I took my TI more than 8 times on the water. Given the long winter and my passion for problem solving, I put many hours working and improving the boat than actually using it. I added many options to it. The majority is described in a YouTube video I made (32 minutes long after I trimmed half the footage). You can see the movie here: https://youtu.be/WfWZy7sVr2I

After buying the boat, I took it 3 times on the water before the season ended. During those outing, I have experienced some serious shortcoming. On the 3rd time on the water, I was fighting winds and swells and learned the hard way that the TI will take water in through the hatches if you are sailing in waves. Here is a YouTube link for the story (if you have 11 Min to spare): https://youtu.be/Wkmj5okDuLA

I also wrote about the experience here in the forum:
https://www.hobie.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=71&t=59058

I put many working hours during the following winter on the boat addressing those concerned; I designed and installed a wire harness through the length of the boat. Under the front hatch, I built a mount for a watertight Lithium battery pack (20Ah). The harness is watertight throughout including the plugs and is zip tide to the upper inner side of the TI via epoxied clips. The harness provide power to: Nav lights, GPS, dry box with 12V socket (for charging electronics), and bilge pump. 2 water tight switches control the light (on/off) and bilge pump (on/off/auto). In addition, I added a screw cap for a manual bilge pump should the electric will fail while on an expedition. You can view the work on this post: https://www.hobie.com/forums/viewtopic. ... 2&start=30

In addition, to combat currents and head wind I designed, built, and added a light and strong aluminum motor mount. This works with a new 2017 Suzuki DF 2.5 I purchased. You can read/see pix in this post: https://www.hobie.com/forums/viewtopic. ... &start=180

Following a Youtube video I saw ( https://youtu.be/m0ewSNHw85E ) I was inspired to build a foldable main sheet raiser tower. The main purpose for it was to prevent the main sheet line from hitting my head every time the sail change sides. This raiser frame can easily be removed from the boat if you choose to. You can see it being put to the test for the first time here: https://youtu.be/uPVza4_HlKQ

After using the motor on the Hudson and realizing the fuel tank is good for 1 hour before you need to add more fuel while drifting, I purchased a 12 liter marine grade extended tank and designed a cap to draw fuel on a vacuum principle (and not gravity). You can read about it in this post and following pages: https://www.hobie.com/forums/viewtopic. ... &start=195
Now you have hours of uninterrupted motor work. FYI, I also drilled exposed and adjusted the idle jet in the carburetor and no more hard starting. The motor is just passed the break in period. I always used synthetic oil in it and washed and ran it in fresh water after every use.

Initially I was loading the TI on the top of my truck. I had to buy the most expensive roof rack to hold the weight and had to fit my truck with rollers to load the boat by myself ( https://www.hobie.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=73&t=58730 ). It was such a pain; I had to buy a trailer. I ended buying a trailer last summer. I used it maybe 3-4 times. Following my personal experience, and the advice of the good people on this forum, I ordered an SUT-350S directly from the manufacturer and ordered additional parts for it to work with the TI. In my humble opinion I ended up building a much superior trailer than the one you will buy from the dealer - nothing expensive to break here and the boats sit perfectly on it. You can view the last segment on the YouTube video to see the end results.

After going over my Amazon, eBay, Austin Kayak, etc history, and managed to get the prices for most of what I had to get in order to bring the TI to its current state. I’m sure I missed a thing or two… Little things I bought cash in Home Depot I tried to give a fair estimate. Total money invested in my TI is $12,380. As I mentioned, I am sure it’s North of that by several hundred Dollars. The many hours searching, planning, and working on the boat I didn’t include in the cost and frankly, I can’t put a price on something I enjoy doing :D .




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For kicks, I went on Austin Kayak and put in the shopping cart few basics: Hobie TI, trailer, cradle for trailer, cart, trampoline set, and spinnaker. The bare minimum to have fun on a TI, and I got a bottom line price of $10,361.




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My TI has so much more to offer; working motor you can take or leave behind with a mount that add only few pounds, top of the line GPS/fish finder sonar (very nice to have if you are planning to fish), and much more. I am asking for $9,000 all included or $8,600 w/o the Fish finder GPS. Considering the age of the TI and factoring all of the above, it’s a catch. Buyer you know you will invest a lot more over time on a new boat and get much less. It is all packed with good stuff and ready for the picking.

Update 7/24/18:
Sold for asking price.


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PostPosted: Wed May 02, 2018 8:24 am 
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Is there a price in that thicket?

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PostPosted: Mon May 28, 2018 10:40 pm 
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just finished editing the initial post. Took some time but I think I covered most in details.


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 19, 2018 12:51 pm 
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Video has a lot of good tips, thanks for sharing. Free bump!


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