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PostPosted: Tue Jan 14, 2020 11:24 am 
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I am newly minted into the forum and am on the Hobie 18 end to start as there is a boat I am interested in purchasing.

I am in the research stage and will benefit from navigating this forum more fully.

The initial questions:

Is an 18 a good starter Hobie with my family (wife with 3 little ones light weights) as the 16 appears to be good for 2 adults, possibly 3 and the 18 appears more versatile (given my limited experience)

Second question: is it difficult to build a trailer as I will be transporting it from Lake Ontario to Lake Huron regularly throughout the limited sailing season (May-Sept) in Ontario Canada.

3rd question: Would the salt water be an issue or should I consider a fresh water used boat?

PostPosted: Tue Jan 14, 2020 3:41 pm 
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Location: Rockford, IL
The 18 is a good size for a family. I own a Getaway, which is also good. I've also sailed 16s and 17s, and as the kids grow, those would become way too small.
Are you planning on building a trailer? Chances are, any boat you find will have a trailer available. Unless you have mad welding skills, it's simpler to just buy a trailer.
Check the metal for corrosion on a salt water boat. It's pretty hard to hide. Look on the 18 forums for advice on what to check. Soft spots on the hulls, and leaky hulls are definitely to be avoided. If you can get the boat in the water for a test, I'd recommend it. I bought a used 17, and the seller assured me the hulls didn't leak, and the rigging was new. One of the hulls leaked gallons, and a shroud broke soon after I bought it, dismasting us in the middle of a lake.

If you can get an 18 with wings (the SX or Magnum models), I would recommend it. Your wife and kids will love the wings. It makes the ride dryer and more comfortable.

Yet another Bob!
"Firefly" - 2012 Hobie Getaway with wings and spinnaker

PostPosted: Fri Jan 17, 2020 3:05 pm 
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Joined: Mon Jul 04, 2005 10:13 am
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Location: Nepean S.C. Ottawa, Canada
Mully, don't hesitate to check in with Morton Fogh at Fogh Marine, our local Hobie dealer. (Mississauga)

I suggest you read elsewhere in the Forum about soft spots and replacement of shroud anchors etc. before you buy.
Salt water will have an impact on anything metal.

I sailed H18's from 1991 through April 2019, when I sold my beloved H18SX.
IMHO they are one of the best beach cats ever built, especially for family/friend use.

As an alternative, you may wish to look at a Getaway, they are a much simpler boat, easier to sail, and will have less maintenance.
By the time you buy an older H18, and throw some maintenance costs in.... 'nuf said.

2015 H16, with spin,
SOLD 1989 Hobie SX18 Sail # 1947 "In Theory..."
'Only two things are infinite, the universe, and human stupidity. But I'm not sure about the former.'

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