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PostPosted: Thu Aug 17, 2017 8:31 am 
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Hi, New owner of an older Hobie.

Still learning the boat and have found a line on the boat that I can't find in the manual nor searching on the forum.

The line is tied to the hull about under the aft crossbeam, runs forward under the tramp to a pulley about under the forward crossbeam, straight across to the other hull to a pulley on that side under the forward beam, back under the tramp and is tied to the other hull under the aft beam. Line is continuous, one piece however there is a pulley on the line where it crosses between the hulls under the forward crossbeam and bungee attached to the pulley running aft to the middle of the aft edge of the tramp and hanging loose there.

Can anyone help me identify what this is and what it does? Maybe something the previous owner installed?

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Skip

PS. Did do a forum search but either this isn't here or I couldn't figure the right search terms.


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 17, 2017 8:49 am 
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Skip,

That is a righting line system. It is used to upright the boat after a capsize, so extends out and snaps back into place after use.

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 17, 2017 9:03 am 
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Well of course it is. (Insert picture of brightly lit light bulb here).

Thanks.

Obvious now I know but I can't find any mention or diagram in the manual I have that showed it. Is that standard or a mod by a previous owner?


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 17, 2017 9:36 am 
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The standard righting line is a straight piece of 1/2 line x 15 feet. The system on your boat was an after market option.

Righting information is on page 27 of the current manual:
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RIGHTING YOUR HOBIE

On that reach...flying through the air and water then...WHAM!!! Your Hobie Cat has forced you to swim instead of sail. Not really what you had in mind? if you have planned ahead you will be up and sailing again quickly. Whether sailing singlehanded or with a few friends, righting your boat can be quick and easy. First, preventing your mast from becoming one with the bottom, or turtling is a priority. We at Hobie have designed mast floats to help keep your Hobie Cat from becoming a mudhen. The floats attach to the top of your mast and will prevent the mast tip from sinking. The next objective will be to get back to sailing! Righting systems vary a bit but the theory is the same. A line is attached to your Hobie, thrown over the hull in the air and then weight (yours and or your friends) is used to lever the boat back to an upright and sailable position. After you have checked that everyone is OK, turn your hulls and mast into the wind (see diagram)

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and uncleat your sails. You and your friend now need to congregate on the hull that is in the water. Grab the righting line, lean away from the trampoline and get as close to the water as you can. Try to stay out of the water. If you don't have enough body weight to right the cat we have the Righting Bucket! Just attach it to the boat with the hook that is provided, throw over the upper hull and fill the bucket with water! With the bucket strap over your shoulder, lean your weight out from the boat. The bag comes clear of the water and up the cat will come!! Grab the dolphin striker or crossbar as it comes up, climb aboard, sheet in and GO! Tipping your Hobie over can be a great way to cooloff and enjoy the water...try it! It's excellent practice for when you weren't planning to go for a swim but your Hobie decided that you needed to cool off!

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 17, 2017 9:44 am 
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Thanks again Matt, Had found instructions in my manual for righting and read through it. Next step, practice that in the water.

So far the only mystery has been the righting line but I'm pretty sure I'll find more stuff that confuses me. Been sailing big boats for 40 years so the basics are easy, just some of the Hobie specific details that might bring questions.


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