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 Post subject: Anti-aging Hobie 16
PostPosted: Mon Aug 31, 2020 5:07 pm 
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It's relatively common knowledge that like people, our Hobies gain weight with age. This is mainly due to moisture infiltrating into the hulls etc.

Well, if instead of storing the boat in a humid (or well somewhat humid) coastal or other environment, what if we stored it in the middle of the desert which is incredibly dry, and under a cover to protect from sun damage? A place like Arizona or the Australian outback... will the dryness act like anti-aging cream?


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 Post subject: Re: Anti-aging Hobie 16
PostPosted: Mon Sep 14, 2020 6:27 am 
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I think if they are stored indoors in almost any climate, and well taken care of, the hulls last a long, long time. We raced this past weekend on Lake Higgins in Michigan, and one of the best performing boats was a 1972 with zero upgrades to it. The young guy sailing it was very good, but he was competing with guys they sailed in Worlds last year and did well. It was his first few times racing with CRAM and ended up winning the B-fleet.

Now I have to come up with a new excuse, I can no longer blame the age of my boat!

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