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PostPosted: Mon Jan 11, 2010 10:02 pm 
Site Rank - Deck Hand

Joined: Tue Aug 18, 2009 1:58 pm
Posts: 21
You good folks have told me how you feel about buying a boat with soft spots on the decks, but ... let me flog the topic one more time.

I live in south Georgia, 3 hours from any area that even knows what a Hobie 14 is.

But ... two blocks from here is a 1984 14T (retrofit) on a trailer. I know the owner. His wife wants to get it out of their yard. The boat looks to be low-hours, good sails & hardware ... but has been sitting in the open for a decade.

Both hulls have soft spots on the deck ... but I'm willing to use as much Git-Rot as necessary.

If I can get the boat & trailer for $500 or less, am I still making a big mistake?

Thanks again

PostPosted: Tue Jan 12, 2010 1:10 am 
Site Rank - Captain

Joined: Sun Dec 20, 2009 3:59 pm
Posts: 62
Location: Sydney, Australia
I picked up my H-14 with registered trailer, and rock solid hulls for $800 Australian. Only issues with mine is that it is missing the jib and trapeze system to make it a Turbo (although it has a Turbo sticker on the side).

It has some slight fixable wear and tear on the main sail, and a chip off the tip of the port rudder. The tramp is pretty new, I swaged some new shrouds, got a new traveller car and a mast step link kit, so already spent $200-$300 on necessary replacements. Plus non necessary items like Easy Rite line, toggle pins, books etc.

So don't forget you'll spend a lot of money after buying it, regardless if the hulls need fixing.

PostPosted: Wed Jan 13, 2010 8:07 am 
Site Rank - Old Salt

Joined: Thu Jun 05, 2003 9:57 am
Posts: 1577
Location: Clear Lake Iowa
If you can buy an '84 with all the equipment with it and all that is wrong is a few easily fixed soft spots for $500 or less? BUY IT. Some of the guys paid upwards of $2500+ for similar boats and had to put new sails and a comp tip on. You're golden at that price.

PostPosted: Mon Feb 01, 2010 7:56 am 
Site Rank - Old Salt

Joined: Fri Dec 28, 2007 11:23 am
Posts: 597
Location: Lake Norman NC
I fixed some soft spots in my kids 14 Turbo for less than $50.00
Git Rot and a small electric drill is all you need
This will turn soft spots into rock hard hulls


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