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Author:  lamontboats [ Fri Aug 14, 2015 2:58 pm ]
Post subject:  Hobie 14 rebuild - is it worth it?!

Hello Hobie Forum!
I've got a "can of worms" project that is haunting me in my dreams...What are you thoughts?!

It sat on the beach for 9+ years. Puncture damage to the fiberglass - Fixable, it seems. But the top of the hull seems to crumble when I walk on it (195 lbs).
Main sail was abandoned while attached to the mast, and suffered greatly - needs replacement (battons seem OK).
The righting line is frayed and seems to be needing replacement.
Tiller arm is missing.

Most other things look OK but not sure what to expect.

Is this something worth putting time and money into? Current estimate is $1200 parts + my own labor.

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Author:  turbofan [ Fri Aug 14, 2015 5:10 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Hobie 14 rebuild - is it worth it?!

Whoa! That's one beat boat! If the decks are soft, on top of the other repairs and ruined main, I think I'd part it out and find a sailable boat. You could easily put more into that one than a usable 14 (might take some patience) would cost.

Author:  MBounds [ Fri Aug 14, 2015 7:10 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Hobie 14 rebuild - is it worth it?!

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Author:  SabresfortheCup [ Mon Aug 17, 2015 7:05 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Hobie 14 rebuild - is it worth it?!

I agree with the others. It'd be far cheaper to find a boat in better condition than to repair this one, IF it's even possible. If the whole deck is soft, the boat is probably beyond saving anyway. Not to mention those transoms and all the water damage from them! As soon as you get water in the hulls like that, it seeps into the fiberglass and foam core and accelerates the delamination process.

Author:  lamontboats [ Mon Aug 17, 2015 6:08 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Hobie 14 rebuild - is it worth it?!

I agree, and thanks, folks!

It was ALLLLLLLLLLLMOST worth it until I felt the decks crumble under my weight when I walked on it.
It will be parted out, it seems. :?

You may notice it around the Web for sale, soon.

Author:  Matt15 [ Mon Aug 17, 2015 11:14 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Hobie 14 rebuild - is it worth it?!

I agree with the others, whats needed far out weights any benefits unless for sentimental reasons i.e. (I had a now deceased father who sailed it with me) it's just not worth trying to repair and fix up. Plenty of cheap H14's around worth the effort and money to fix up.

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