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PostPosted: Mon May 12, 2014 11:10 am 
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I have an early 80s H-18, with original sails. Mainsail is in very good shape and sports the Absolut Vodka logo. The jib is a little tired; looking for new or near new set with speed / racing as our focus (sailing partner and me).

Looking at new sails and there's a lot of comments pro & con.

Would appreciate your comments and if you're a sail loft rep, please be honest.


PostPosted: Mon May 12, 2014 11:36 am 
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Location: Oceanside, California
Nothing like Hobie Cat original equipment.

Matt Miller
Director of Parts and Accessory Sales
Warranty and Technical Support
Hobie Cat USA

PostPosted: Mon May 12, 2014 11:51 am 
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I would agree with Matt. After market sails are really no better unless you're doing something exotic (square top,etc.). Aftermarket sails also carry no value used. None, zilch. Hobie sails can always be sold.

Besides, If you plan on racing at any Hobie Event you will not be able to compete unless your sails are from Hobie.

H18 '85
H18 '89 "Knotty Passion"
H20 '96 "20/20 Vision"
Fleet 259 Central Coast California

PostPosted: Mon May 12, 2014 5:38 pm 
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Joined: Sun Jul 06, 2008 8:21 am
Posts: 308
Location: St. Helena, CA
Would you consider a trade? Can you post a picture?
I have several matched sets of Hobie made sails and an aftermarket set. From good to worn what color are you looking for?

Year Pattern Jib Manufacture Main Manufacture
83 Blue Hawaii Hobie Hobie
86 Fantasia Hobie Hobie
? White Hobie Hobie
81 Gonzo Nationals Hobie Hobie
85 Nationals light Blue Hobie Hobie
80 Carnuba Hobie Hobie
? White Skip Elliot Calvert
78 Red Rocket Hobie Hobie
79 Tequila Sunrise Hobie Hobie

The Skip Elliot & Calvert pair are a crisp set.

Brett H18 Absolute #20

Corkguy H18, H20, Tiger

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