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PostPosted: Wed Jun 06, 2018 10:36 am 
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Any suggestions on how to price an orange 1978 Hobie Cat 16 with Tequila Sunrise Sails? It hasn't been used in more than 20 years. We just want it out of our northern Michigan basement. The State of Michigan stated that we're supposed to sell it at an "appropriate price" and they collect the sales tax when we transfer the title. I was thinking of $200 or $300. There is no trailer. Appreciate any suggestions.

PostPosted: Thu Jun 07, 2018 10:26 am 
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Location: Clinton Lake, Kansas
In effect you have a 20 year old Hobie 16. If has been stored indoors all these past 20 years, and stored indoors (at least in off season) prior to that, it may be worth more.

Main thing is to check the decks for soft spots (delamination).
Push down, firmly with the palm of hand, on both decks forward of the front cross bar. Needs to be no give in the deck surface, and make no crunching sounds when pushed.

If the decks are in fact soft, then the condition of the mast (straight? no dents?), trampoline (no rips? hiking straps intact?), rudders (are they black, shiny and say EPO on the side?) and sails (no holes or rips? Battens all there?) will determine the "scrap" value.

If decks are solid, was a well kept boat, comes with a tackle box of spare parts and you're willing to wait for the "right guy" with a cat trailer, it may easily be worth double your $200-$300. Could be a great starter boat for someone.

Post some photos

hope this helps

1984 H16 "Mister Rogers"
1984 H14 "Sundays"
2000 H20 "Jet"
Sheet In, Max Out

PostPosted: Thu Jun 07, 2018 9:38 pm 
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Location: Opelika/Lake Martin, Alabama
A 40 year old Hobie 16, Orange and Tequila Sunrise sails!!??!! I'd love to see some pics of that combination, I'll bet its sweet!!! How is it sitting in a basement? On the floor? On pads of some sort? How did you get the thing in the basement? Is the boat taken apart? Pics would be great!!!

1984 H16 Yellow Nationals Redline, "Yellow Fever"
Lake Martin, 'Bama.

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