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PostPosted: Fri Sep 14, 2018 1:44 pm 
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I've got another question. Our two "free" Hobie 14's did not come with trailers. We're trying to consider all options for winter storage. (We're in NE Washington) I'm wondering about either winching them up on a floating dock or up on shore (which is not rocky but it's not sand either (compacted dirt with brush, etc.) The shore would be two to three feet above lake level and one spot has a large log we'd have to go over.

By the way, we're two women of social security age so muscle power is limited although we can enlist the aid of one husband and probably a few friends.

The people who gave the cats to us have a flat bed trailer that they had rigged to carry the boats (individually) and then they turned the boats over on land for winter storage so they could clean the hulls. They are willing to help us do the same at least for this year but I really prefer being able to do it ourselves.

Thoughts??? We're trying to manage this without making our "free" boats too expensive LOL.


PostPosted: Thu Oct 04, 2018 10:00 am 
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Location: Hartland, WI
You shouldn't allow the boats to sit in water during the season, so you should have a way to pull them on shore all the time. You may need to build a ramp.

83 yellow/ white decks Hobie 14 Corando turbo
82 yellow hulls Hobie 16 Cat Fever
84 yellow hulls hobie 16 Yellow Nationals
plus a few extras that I'm restoring

PostPosted: Thu Oct 04, 2018 1:52 pm 
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If you have a good anchor point a winch will allow you to pull those boats up with relative ease. Dragging them around year after year will eventually wear out the bottom of the boats; which you can easily fix with a little fiberglass work.

You can use the mainsheet and blocks as a makeshift winch but you will only move it a couple feet at a time. Also you will need some stiff (not stretchy) rope to span between the blocks and the anchor point. If your rope is stretchy you will use up all the block travel stretching the rope and the boat won't go anywhere.

Good luck, and do not to leave the boats moored/anchored in the water. The gentle rocking of the boat beats up the standing rigging. I've seen a few hobies that lost their mast on a mooring.

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