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 Post subject: Get a Grip (again)
PostPosted: Wed Aug 30, 2017 7:27 pm 
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The question has been raised about the Hobie Compass not having carrying handles, which also serve as grips for those times when you just need to hang on. Fortunately this is not difficult to overcome. Back in the early days Hobie didn't use handles on some of the models, so this is what we did: (updated from a 2008 post)
Roadrunner wrote:
Here's a quick project to help carry the day.

This addition uses Hobie's Lift Handle (pn # 71190001; about $10.00). The hardware for this installation consists of a couple of 1/4 x 20 x 1" Phillips pan head stainless screws, flat washes and Nyloc nuts:

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If you get one, make sure your dealer grabs the handle with the pre-made holes like the one shown, not the Bravo version without holes!

You can install them on the sides of your boat as a Hail Mary grip....
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On the sides as a carrying handle....
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Or behind the seat for easy handling. As you can see, it works for tandems as well as singles....
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Make sure you (or a long armed friend) can reach this region before you drill! Looks like this:
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Once you grasp the versatility of these little handles, it's easy to get carried away and start putting them all over your boat! We already have 4 on the tandem!! 8)

Aside from solving any Compass handle issues, these grips are great for many carrying and loading solutions. They are still in the catalog so I presume Hobie still carries them. 8)


Last edited by Roadrunner on Thu Aug 31, 2017 7:55 am, edited 1 time in total.

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 Post subject: Re: Get a Grip (again)
PostPosted: Thu Aug 31, 2017 7:17 am 
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FYI - yes, the compass has 'molded-in' side grips on both sides, they are on the inside of the deck near the seat for the best balance point.

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 Post subject: Re: Get a Grip (again)
PostPosted: Thu Aug 31, 2017 11:30 am 
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Good to see I'm not the only one thinking about it.
Your suggestion is a great option at around $10 each handle. I prefer rigid handles though, like the ones on the current Revolutions ($19 each):
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Another idea is either to put 9" H-Rails on either side of the seat:
9" H-rails ($20 each?)
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OR maybe even a pair of Pro-Angler bow handles ($17 each)
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But it doesn't look like it would be easy to access the interior of the hull to mount a backing plate or use nut+washer to support the handles' bolts. Thoughts?


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 Post subject: Re: Get a Grip (again)
PostPosted: Thu Aug 31, 2017 8:08 pm 
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Jcanracer, excellent suggestions! Hull access through the 8" hatch should be an easy reach. 8)


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