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PostPosted: Tue Feb 21, 2006 4:57 pm 
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Joined: Wed Jun 15, 2005 7:56 pm
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Location: Daytona Beach Florida
Having sailed my Hobie wave for a year now I feel ready to move on to a larger boat.I really love the Hobie tiger and the 20,however,I fear problems with set up and righting the boat if I sail alone offshore.I typically sail alone and am able to do heavy lifting and i'm not afraid of a new challenge. The Hobie 16 seems like a wonderful boat and I have read that there are pitch pole problems and I feel that I will soon run thru the boat and require a larger one very soon.The Hobie tiger seems to me to provide all the desires that a Hobie sailer could ever have. Can I set up and sail the tiger solo? Professional advise would be appreciated

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 21, 2006 10:22 pm 
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Joined: Mon Jul 04, 2005 10:13 am
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Location: Nepean S.C. Ottawa, Canada
Find other Hobie sailors, on the beach, at the local sailing clubs, whatever. Buy them a few beers, and offer to crew. Ask questions, and explore what's best for you. That's how most of us learn, and when we know something, we're happy to pass it on, 'cos we all 'share the wind.'

Offshore sailing can be fun, also challenging. H16 will get you anywhere, anytime. Check out pictures and reports of the recent Hobie 16 Worlds held in South Africa. Often races were cancelled due to 40 knot winds, but everyone made it back to the beach, well, more or less.

Once you move up to larger and more complex boats, the price, the maintenance, and the skill requirements rise dramatically. It is unlikely that you can sail a Tiger alone. Even when I go out on my H18, (and I have often sailed solo,) I always make sure there are others around as there is no way one person my age can right a H18. I used to, 12 years ago, but no longer are the percentages of risk/reward on my side.

If you are a solo sailor, my suggestion is that you look around for a H17, and get yourself an EPIRB.

Good winds

1989 Hobie SX18 Sail # 1947 "In Theory..."
'Only two things are infinite, the universe, and human stupidity. But I'm not sure about the former.'

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