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PostPosted: Mon Jul 09, 2018 10:35 pm 
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Hey all, I hope to contribute some entertainment to the forum while gleaning knowledge along the way. I recently acquired a brown/yellow Hobie 16 that seems to be fairly complete. It needs a few things like trapeze and possibly a new tramp. Ill just post some pics and drop in later with questions. It has some damage on one of the hulls and cracking on the top of the hulls as well, you should have seen the look look on my wife's face!

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 10, 2018 9:06 am 
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Sails are awesome! Tequila Sunrise.

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 10, 2018 12:01 pm 
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mmiller wrote:
Sails are awesome! Tequila Sunrise.
They really are! And in great condition.

Any suggestions for that hull damage? Can i just fill it with bondo for now and maybe some paint so its slippery?

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 10, 2018 3:41 pm 
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NEVER paint a Hobie. The paint will never last.....

The damage at the bottom of the hull needs work BEFORE you take it out on the water, as once water gets into the fibres......big problems.
Sand back the gelcoat, feather it, check for damage to the underlying fibreglass, glass if needed, then gelcoat/sand/gelcoat/sand.

Wash the H16 with soap and water, rinse well.
Find the mildest buffing compound and a good buffing machine.
Buff the hulls, and the colour will come back.
Then wax and polish them.
Rinse with fresh water every time you sail in salt water.

You may wish to replace the shroud anchor pins, a known point of failure in older boats....(the pin that goes through the outside lip of the hull at the bottom of each shroud, and screws into a bar. If yours have rusted/galled, you have a challenge.)

When you trailer, never 'compress' the hulls by tying down the way you have.
Check this site for a posting from Matt Bounds how to tie down a H16 from the four posts of the tramp.
One pair of tie-downs left/right, one pair fore/aft.

"Service" your rudders, make sure they pop up, lube the cams, replace if needed.
Check this site, lots of postings on rudders.

Then go out, be safe and have fun.

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 10, 2018 9:04 pm 
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John,

So much good info, thanks for taking the time to post! There is fiberglass clothe visible at the hull damage location, it almost looks intact, like the resin did not properly wet in this location.

I probably did tie the boat wrong, but I did not crank it down like a 300 lb gorilla, then it was loose when I arrived home, so there must have been some shifting in transit. Also, it was 120 F in LA that day, so my decision making skills might have been compromised.

There is also spider cracks in the gel coat at this location. Do you think I could just get away with some epoxy and gel coat? Should I just apply and sand or do I need to sand and feather first?Image

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 11, 2018 6:18 am 
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From the little that I understand, the fibreglass is the structure (the skeleton) of the Hobie.
The gelcoat is the outside 'clothing'.
If the skeleton is compromised....'nuf said.

Looks like you need to sand back, feather, repair the fibreglass, and re-gelcoat.
Lots of articles on that on the Forum.
Use Polyester resin, that's what the boat is made of.
Epoxy can be used, but not recommended for this application.

Ask SRM or Matt B or Tom Kirkman or other guru's what their opinion is....I am more of an H18 guy.

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