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 Post subject: My Own Hobie
PostPosted: Sat Oct 16, 2010 8:01 pm 
Site Rank - Deck Hand

Joined: Mon Aug 02, 2010 6:35 pm
Posts: 19
Location: windsor, Colorado

My name is Garrett and today my dad brought home my first hobie cat! I'm thirteen years old have been sailing for about three years, my new ride is a 1985 H14 Turbo.
Up until now, I've had to knock the old man off the tiller of his H16, but now with your help I want to pimp this thing out so I can blow his doors off.
I need some parts, like jib travelers, cam cleats, cheek blocks, main blocks and various others, my pops said I have to chase down all the parts, so that's were you come in.
If you could tell me the best set up for this boat and any lead you might have on parts would be greatly appreciated! I'll post some pics as the project moves forward.
Oh yeah...can you say chick magnet!!

 Post subject: Re: My Own Hobie
PostPosted: Sat Oct 16, 2010 9:26 pm 
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Joined: Wed May 05, 2010 9:52 am
Posts: 135
Location: Latrobe, PA, USA *** Show YOUR Location - Edit Profile ! ***
Congrats, Garrett!

Notice that there is a separate forum concerning the Hobie 14s...
May want to read as much as you can there and this entire wealth of forums.

Filling in your location in profile would help to know where to refer local parts deals if any are seen- I check Craigslist diligently for Hobie stuff. Ebay is also a good source of parts at reasonable price if you can't buy new stuff.

Also, get your own login to avoid confusion between 'selfdad' and 'self-son'?

I was just recently reading here (in a post started by selfdad) that you- in an H14 will not likely be able to 'blow the doors' off an H16 because it's too big and powerful... and likely because of the egos and all that hot air blowing off those sailing H16s? That's what it sounds like to me at least... :lol: Sounds like a challenge?

Raise your sail one foot, and you get ten feet of wind.
起你的一只帆,和你10英尺的。 -- Chinese Proverb
William D. Latinette @ Latrobe, PA, USA w. H14 Turbo X 2...

 Post subject: Re: My Own Hobie
PostPosted: Sun Oct 17, 2010 9:55 am 
Site Rank - Captain

Joined: Thu Apr 15, 2010 4:54 am
Posts: 89
Location: Tampa, FL
Congrats on the boat. You're up for some fun.

Wildlatin is right on. There is a wealth of info right here on this forum. If your question hasn't already been answered then just ask. Lots here are willing to help.

You can see an H14 parts guide at: ... _14-16.pdf

There is the excellent H14 tuning guide by Bob Curry at: ... uning.html

I do a lot of my parts shopping on the web since I am a bit of a drive from a Hobie dealer. Here are some on-line dealers that I use and like:

Murray's (
Backyard Boats (
Salty Dog Marine (
Mauri Pro Sailing (

I have experienced excellent service with all of them. I particularly like Backyard Boats for new Hobie parts since they have the Hobie parts catalogs on their site. They are a local Hobie dealer in Woodbridge, Va I believe. They are very friendly and helpful. They all sell only new parts of course. For used parts, there are occasionally guys parting out boats in the classified here and also on And as wildlatin mentioned, you also have eBay and Craigslists as good resources. Just borrow your dad's credit card and have a go. :D (With permission, of course)

It's true H16's have quite a bit better performance rating then H14's. But once you get your boat properly rigged and done some tuning you will likely find that your skills in skippering the boat play a major role. When I had my H16, I often found that my sailing skill would enable me to stay with or even beat H18's or Nacra's that were rated faster simply because I could maintain consistently better sail trim and tack better than they could. The fact that I'm light at only 150 lbs doesn't hurt either. So, it's not impossible.

Good Luck.

Dave W
Tampa, FL

 Post subject: Re: My Own Hobie
PostPosted: Mon Oct 18, 2010 9:06 am 
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Joined: Mon Sep 20, 2004 12:36 pm
Posts: 788
Location: Tri-Cities, WA
Thirteen and got your own boat, HOW KOOL IS THAT! If you find yourself in a pool of money, a new set of sails will go far in tricking out. Good luck.

 Post subject: Re: My Own Hobie
PostPosted: Mon Oct 18, 2010 1:26 pm 
Site Rank - Deck Hand

Joined: Sun Oct 17, 2010 8:15 pm
Posts: 2
Hey, its garrett I got my own account. The project is going well i just finished up the hulls and the detangling of the lines and shrouds...etc. I notice a penny sized hole in my main sail, sail tape should fix that up. Im looking for a tramp or hotstick if you have any thing you would like to sell contact me at


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