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PostPosted: Fri Jul 31, 2020 11:52 am 
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Hey, I just made an account to say keep the posts coming, I've got my own 14 and watching your process has been really helpful!


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 01, 2020 2:32 pm 
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Maybe too much time on my hands...? But I really like the videos folks take from the forestay of their Hobie Cats, so I decided to put together a simple mount for my oldish GoPro Hero 3. I don't have a lot of accessories, but I did happen to have one of the more basic clip-in attachments...
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I picked up some 1/8" thick, 2" aluminum angle (I always seem to be looking for stuff like this, so now I have some stock), and cut a piece to fit inside the forestay adjuster. It does require 2 free adjuster holes at the bottom. Here's what the parts look like...
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The mount is squeezed into the forestay adjuster with (slightly modified) nylon spacers to get a tight fit without affecting the forestay wire attachment...
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The GoPro mount is attached, maybe with a little bit of overkill, though I'm pretty sure it isn't going to go anywhere...
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GoPro mounted (and easily removable) with a modicum of up/down angle adjustment...
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Look for embarrassing videos in the near future (actually, I'll keep the embarrassing ones to myself)...

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 04, 2020 2:49 am 
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Thanks for all these posts. Helpful to a newbie such as myself. Never sailed any boat, so this is useful as a sort of checklist before maiden voyage in a couple weeks of my 89 Hobie 14.
It's not just what to check, but what it should look like when adjusted or tightened up.


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 05, 2020 7:14 am 
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Been lurking and concur with Robie's message. Thanks for these posts. Been trying to figure out the GoPro mount too, flipn brilliant solution! Nice work, keep it up!


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 05, 2020 3:31 pm 
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If you want to peruse serious options for setting up an H14, you should go through JRK_14's "Updating My ’77 Hobie 14" thread. Section 7 (summary) looks particularly useful for tuning. I'm strictly recreational, but lots of the details can still apply for making the cat friendlier, regardless of the need for speed or competitive advantage...

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 13, 2020 12:49 pm 
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Decided to bite the bullet and put on straps. A tent and awning canvas repair place did it. Not super cheap (~$80 with the strap material), but it looks like a nice job...
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An issue might be how "tight" they are. I didn't really know how to spec that, so I told them about 1" above with the twist...
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But it does seem like I can't get my foot/leg under above the ankle. It's more of a real foot/toe strap. Hopefully it will work. Otherwise, I'll need to rip out the sewing on the next strap over to have a two-long strap. I did the restringing as if it were a newer style tramp, so it's pretty tight. In the future, I guess it's better to look at the tramp as a consumable item and just replace it as needed rather that "salvaging" the old or original ones.

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 14, 2020 9:59 am 
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Looks great Bluesight, keep up the good work and the posts.

It so happens that I am also in the same boat (pardon the pun) of refurbishing an H14 :D

As for hiking straps they are designed for toes, at least thats my understanding and i personally wouldn't want to be bound in by the ankles let alone any higher. A quick exit is my preference during a capsize. :-)

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