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PostPosted: Wed Dec 05, 2018 11:44 am 
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I ran across this hobie in an empty lot and am currently trying to contact the owner to buy it from them. Other than a tag on the mast that says hobie cat 57980 I do not know what kind of hobie it is. I am new to the hobie thing but I really want to get this and fix it up. Thanks for any info you all can provide.


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 05, 2018 2:31 pm 
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There is no information connected to mast serial numbers that relate to model.

Length? Maybe look at a few older models:

Hobie 14
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HOBIE 14
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HOBIE 14 Turbo
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Specifications
Length: 14'
Beam: 7' 8"
Mast Length: 22' 3"
Main Sail Area: 118 Sq. Ft.
Jib Sail Area: 30 Sq. Ft.
Weight: 240 lbs.
Hull Construction: Fiberglass/Foam Sandwich


Hobie 16
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Specifications
Length: 16' 7"
Beam: 7' 11"
Mast Length: 26' 6"
Sail Area: 218 Sq. Ft.
Weight: 320 lbs.
Hull Construction: Fiberglass/Foam Sandwich


Hobie 17
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HOBIE 17
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HOBIE 17 Sport
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Specifications
Length: 17'
Beam: 8'
Mast Length: 27' 7"
Sail Area: 168 Sq. Ft.
w/jib: 200sqft
Weight: 340 lbs.
Hull Construction: Fiberglass/Foam Sandwich


Hobie 18
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Hobie 18SE
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Specifications
Length: 18'
Beam: 8'
Mast Length: 28' 1"'
Sail Area: 240 Sq. Ft.
Weight: 420 lbs.
Hull Construction: Fiberglass/Foam Sandwich

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Hobie 18SX
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Specifications
Length: 18'
Beam: 8'
Mast Length: 29' 7"
Sail Area: 220 Sq. Ft.
Weight: 450 lbs.
Hull Construction: Fiberglass/Foam Sandwich

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 05, 2018 2:42 pm 
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how do i upload a picture, I am pretty sure it is a 20' miracle
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid ... qnt1PqsQXV


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 05, 2018 7:33 pm 
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The easiest way to identify it is by its boards or lack of. If it has daggerboards that slide up and down, it's likely one of the 18 models. If it has pivoting centerboards, it's a 17. If the hulls have no boards, and are sort of banana shaped with the trampoline set up on pylons above the hulls, it's a 14 or 16. Measure the hull length to be sure.

It's possible but unlikely it's another model altogether. If it's abandoned in a lot, it's likely one of the older models I listed above.

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 06, 2018 6:17 am 
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Just take a picture of the boat and post it to the forum. There are plenty of folks here that can ID the model if we see it.

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 06, 2018 9:59 am 
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He sent me a photo. It is a 20.

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how do i upload a picture


Image FAQ:

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Posting an image... Images must be hosted at a location on the internet. (Suggested site: imgur.com or flickr.com)

Check the image below. Right click on the image to see the copy image address popup option:

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Image URL ends in .jpg or .png or similar.

Navigate to your image page. Right click the image and copy the "propeties". This must be an image address (url) rather than a url to a page. Click the above image to test and look at properties and address (url).

Rather than a link to the page it was on. The address should end in something like .jpg or .gif

Use the buttons above the post text area to find the proper code.

Use [img]then%20the%20image%20url%20and%20click[/img] again.

Be sure to have the option " Disable BBCode " unclicked!

and you are done.

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 06, 2018 10:09 am 
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sailsmith wrote:
I am new to the hobie thing....


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He sent me a photo. It is a 20.


sailsmith, if you're new to "the Hobie thing" and/or sailing in general, you may want to steer clear of a Hobie 20. They are very powerful and fairly complex racing boats that aren't really suited to beginners. In fact, they intimidated quite a few seasoned racers during their heyday. That's not to say the 20 isn't a great boat (it is, I raced one for about 10 years), but there are better boats out there to learn on if you're new to beach cats.

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 06, 2018 10:33 am 
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I am a very experienced sailor and am currently 14 years into my Coast Guard career. I own and have owned many sailboats and windsurfers. I have bareboated many 40'+ multihulls over the years and have always wanted a speed machine in the multihull family. I think i could still fix this up to sailing condition and as long as I plan it right and keep a close eye on the weather I should be able to ease my way into getting comfortable with this. There is a group of guys near me that keep 4 or 5 beach cats on the beach and I will probably link up with them for some assistance/info. Thanks for the warning and wish me luck. Ha

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 09, 2018 12:03 pm 
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Sweet! A 20'! Are you getting it cheaply? I passed up on a 20 with custom wings some years back, still kicking myself.

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