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PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 2013 8:07 pm 
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Of the two current hobie catalog righting options for the 14, which one is better?

Are these better options than a plain old righting line?

85 Hobie 14 "mello yello"

PostPosted: Mon Jan 14, 2013 7:06 am 
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The short answer is no. It is mainly money versus convenience. I use an Easy Rite on both my 14 and 16. I don't think it is any easier than a stock righting line though. It's minor advantage is self stowing. Not sure what benefit, if any, the Easy Up system provides versus Easy Rite.

PostPosted: Fri Aug 16, 2013 4:20 pm 
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Location: Greensboro, NC
I don't use either one, but rather a 'Hawaiian rig'. This has four small blocks tied to each of the stanchions. Through those blocks runs a 3/8" bungee cord with round stainless rings attached to each end -- the bungee runs so that the two rings are between the front stanchions. (It makes a large U shape with the top of the U being at the bow, and a ring at the end of the two tips of the U). Then, the righting line (basically an old mainsheet line), is tied to a rear stanchion, around the same side's front stanchion then over to the ring under the far front stanchion, back through the other front ring, then continue around the far front stanchion until it is tied off on the other back stanchion. The result is an upside-down U, with the bottom of the U having crossed-over line. The bungee keeps the line mostly from drooping in the water.

During a capsize, pulling on the line over the high side's hull then extends the bungee and permits righting the boat. Let go of the righting rope and the bungee returns to its original 'ready' position.

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