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PostPosted: Fri Feb 10, 2012 9:41 pm 
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Sun E. thanks. The epoxy comes in small (1 oz) size and is available from industrial suppliers. I got mine at R.S. Hughes. Grainger may also carry it. both brands have a shelf life so check the date.

Unfortunately, with 4 other Hobies I don't have room for a TI. The plug pictured is used on my tandem Oasis -- it makes a great solo machine as well. The plug was installed for better solo speed. As to the shine, I store the boats inside, jealously protect the hulls and use Hobie Protectant to make me think they go faster. :mrgreen:

Bosab's experience in heavy seas makes a good case for leaving plenty of drainage in the front cockpit. In my application I've had no such issues, but you could certainly add vent slots as you may find appropriate, or switch plugs in heavy weather. Additionally, it's a good idea to keep the seat scuppers open in the empty cockpit. When running the TI solo (for the TI review), I used packing tape to streamline the front well, but left a slot for drainage. That also worked very well, but was not very easy to switch back and forth. 8)

PostPosted: Wed Feb 22, 2012 7:10 am 
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Joined: Mon Jul 19, 2010 7:53 am
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Location: Palm City, Florida
Thanks Roadrunner for getting back to me on all my questions. I understand about the trade off with having too tight of a seal in the front drive well. I experienced that a while back when I tried useing some porous foam rubber material (Dry Fast) but it didn't drain fast enough. But I really like what you've done so perhaps there's a compromise here.

You've also peeked my interest to get the bottom of my hull up to a "mirror-like" finish like your's. I'm sure I'll sail even faster then,... Dolphins watch out! :D

Sun E Sailor
Ezra Appel
Palm City, Florida
2014 Tandem Island

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