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PostPosted: Sun Sep 04, 2005 10:21 pm 
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Joined: Sun Sep 04, 2005 10:09 pm
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Location: Washington
I have an 1985 H-18 and broke the lower rudder casting when the rudder struck ground. The boat has had many modifications by previous owners over the years. How do I tell if it has the "old" pre-1987 castings or the post-1987 castings by looking at them?

It sounds like Hobie doesn't supply replacement parts for the old style any more and requires purchase of a $500 "conversion kit." OOOOOuch! It may be a long time before I'm sailing again.

If they are the old style, does anyone know where to get a replacement part? What about used parts? Please help!

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 05, 2005 7:02 am 
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Joined: Fri Jul 15, 2005 10:43 am
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Location: St. Louis, MO
I have seen both on eBay for a reasonable price. the other option is buying a second used boat and combining the best of both for an uberboat and then parting out the remnants.


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 06, 2005 8:30 am 
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Location: Nepean S.C. Ottawa, Canada
The main difference is that the new style allow one to adjust the rake of the rudder, check out the adjuster plate on the top of the upper casting/arm. Also there is a set screw at the bottom inside of the lower casting.
Over the years, our Club has had to TIG weld ALL old style castings on our four H-18's due to similar problems. They are all doing fine. Find a good MIG/TIG welder, show him both the 'good' and the 'broken' castings. You'll be okay, not cosmetically pretty, but functional.

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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