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PostPosted: Sat Nov 24, 2018 9:35 pm 
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Ok here's the context of my question. I own a sunfish and live next to a sizable lake. The lake has several bridges and a mast height limit of 17 ft. My wife won't come on the sunfish with me but we went on vacation and rented a hobie wave in belize. I love it. Way more forgiving vs sunfish albeit a wee touchy to tack in light winds!

I have been researching the idea of finding a used wave which would enable me to take my wife out on our lake if I could figure out a way to comply with the bridge clearances. It's my understanding that the Wave has a 2 piece mast with a composite top section.

Here's my question - is there a way (legitimately) to buy a wave and cut down/alter the top section ~3 ft and get (or alter) a sail so it's basically reefed 2-3 ft? (or buy a smaller sail). Then keep an unaltered top section of mast and unaltered sail for non lake use.

I fully get it would lose sail area and slow the boat a tad. The question is - is this doable?

I really enjoyed the wave. Would love to get one. Thoughts?


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 26, 2018 10:44 am 
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I think you could do that. The fiberglass section could be shortened from the top. The sail could be cut shorter from the bottom / foot.

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 26, 2018 1:12 pm 
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Is the mast height limit a "rule" or is it just a physical limit based on the bridge heights?

What I'm getting at is that if the only limitation is clearance under a couple bridges, you could probably just sail near the bridge, drop the sail and mast, paddle under the bridge, and then re-raise the mast and sail. The Wave and it's mast are pretty light, so with two on board, I think you could easily paddle the boat and raise/lower the mast.

If the 17 foot limit is a rule of the lake (i.e., boats with a mast longer than 17 feet are not permitted on the lake), then I guess your only option would be to chop the mast and sail, but I think doing so would reduce the boat's performance pretty significantly.

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 26, 2018 1:36 pm 
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It’s a rule.

It’s also driven by the 3 main bridges which have 17.5” clearance. The lake sections aren’t big enough by my house to enjoy even if i broken mast rules.

There’s two other brudges that are shorter - hence my original sunfish buy. But the sunfish is impossible to put more than one chubby adult on and it’s less stable than a hobie.

My buddy has an adventure island (mast height 16.5’) and it’s fine but I dislike those.

Hence my thought on finding a used cat and doing a customized tweak. If I just want to go fast I can play with my sunfish. I wanted to be able to use our lake with a second Person aboard comfortably. If I lose a little speed I’m ok.


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 29, 2018 10:55 am 
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To state the obvious, there is a difference between the length of the mast and the vessel's bridge clearance. I measured my mast and it appears to be 20' without counting the bob/float attached at the top. Also, the mast base on the front crossbar is significantly above the water line. I don't know the min bridge clearance of a Wave but I'd guess it's at least 22'.


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 29, 2018 12:23 pm 
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We have a Wave sail that is reefable already. The bottom panel comes off. You lower the sail and tie off. The concept would work.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 29, 2018 12:40 pm 
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Correct. That would be about right. I was intending on skipping the float.


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 29, 2018 1:01 pm 
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The float is very important if you capsize. The boat is VERY stable upside down (turtled). I would not advise removing it. The float will keep it for going turtle (completely upside down).

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 30, 2018 10:03 pm 
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Is there a link to the reefable wave sail? How much sail he’s height is eliminated by the reefing?

Also. On the float - in my lake I could go sans float. It can’t totally turtle. Max depth is 13 feet i the middle. In fact I turtled my sunfish sort of and ended up with mud on the boom end. But otherwise point taken on the float.


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 03, 2018 11:00 am 
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You could just deliberately capsize and go under that way. Is it really necessary each time?


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 03, 2018 3:55 pm 
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I think the bottom panel is a couple feet? Just measure from the bottom to the bottom of the second batten up... that is what is removed.

Or get a Hobie Island with a shorter mast and one you can easily set up on the water after going under bridges.

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