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 Post subject: Rescuing a 17
PostPosted: Thu Jun 29, 2017 6:42 am 
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I have rescued an '88 17 Sport from a field. The owner had plans to cut the deck off and use it as a flowerpot. :o The hulls and all look in great condition (I believe it was a lake house toy that saw little to no use) although it is missing a number of small bits. Shackles, shroud adjusters and the like. All the big parts are there in good condition. The Main looks almost new but is still Mylar on Dacron. Is it possible that this is a newer sail? Sadly they kept the sails in the cat box and so they do have some mildew. Can I clean it just like I would if it was just Dacron? I've used Dawn soap and a kitchen sponge in the past on old Hobie 18 sails. Also, are there any particulars to consider to keep this sail in great condition other than the usual? (No folding, cool dry storage)


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 Post subject: Re: Rescuing a 17
PostPosted: Thu Jun 29, 2017 7:57 am 
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I would use dish soap with a soft bristle brush to remove mildew.

The sailmaker patch (parallelogram vs. circular), the sail color pattern, and the sail number (they're sequential) should give you a pretty good approximation of the sail's age.

Same general rules apply for sailcare on dacron and mylar hobie sails:

Remove salt residue to prevent corrosion.
Always store dry.
Loosen batten tension when not in use.
Avoid excessive heat.
Avoid folding or creasing the fabric.
Store in a location safe from rodents.

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 Post subject: Re: Rescuing a 17
PostPosted: Thu Jun 29, 2017 8:50 am 
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The sail number is 6617 and it is a White Hobie pintop. I'm assuming based on this information its a fairly new sail? The Jib is still crisp but has a tear, I'll have to see what the local loft can do about that.

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 Post subject: Re: Rescuing a 17
PostPosted: Thu Jun 29, 2017 10:11 am 
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Going through hardware last night cleaning them up and inspecting them (this parts list just keeps getting bigger, there's a lot of small things I didn't think of). I was cleaning the Mainsheet blocks up and inspecting them, and noticed the cleat angle adjustment screw had some salt buildup on it, so I attempted to remove it to clean it all up and the screw head twisted right off! I obviously left the other screw alone. Does Hobie sell these tiny screws? I don't even know if I could drill and re-tap that hole anyways.

I'm not looking forward to purchasing a new mainsheet setup. Is it that bad?


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 Post subject: Re: Rescuing a 17
PostPosted: Thu Jun 29, 2017 2:05 pm 
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With the disclaimer that I work at the locally owned Ace Hardware store.

Put a few drops of penetrating oil on the screw, let it set for a while. Then put the screwdriver on it, hold tension on it and tap it with a hammer. Repeat as necessary.

Take the loosened screw down to the local hardware store and they can probably match it up for you.


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 Post subject: Re: Rescuing a 17
PostPosted: Thu Jun 29, 2017 5:09 pm 
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I would, however if I break off the last remaining screw that might seal my fate to buy a new Main sheet. As much as I would like a new Harken set I'd rather spend that money on cradles or beach wheels


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 Post subject: Re: Rescuing a 17
PostPosted: Fri Jun 30, 2017 2:55 am 
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Sounds like you probably have a fairly new mainsail. My boat is a 2007 and it came with sail number 6585. New sails are in the 67XX range. So your sail is likely from somewhere in between.

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