Not kite related but it could be, Hobie trifoiler

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Tue Dec 18, 2012 6:17 pm

I've been sailing my 1970s Hobie 16 a bit this year and I came accross this whilst looking at Hobie tuning videos on Youtube. Wonder if there are any lying dead in fields or garages somewhere waiting to be restored and put on the water again?
I would buy one for sure.
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Thu Apr 25, 2013 11:16 pm

That looks fun!
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Thu Apr 25, 2013 11:45 pm

Do you solo your Hobie 16? I got one, I can solo it ok if I leave the jib ashore.

Ace boat for such an old design, tough as nails and just a pleasure to sail. I picked mine up for 1200 quid, bargain price.

I took a serous look at a Tri Foiler some years ago, I just figured that any loose kelp (we get a lot of the stuff along the shorelines) would be a real nuisance if not a danger at those speeds. I hit a clump of the stuff when out on my RS700 once, come to a sudden stop and managed to fracture one of my shins :shock:

Looks fun though
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Fri Apr 26, 2013 9:00 am

Thats cool! Lu & I part own a Hobie 17 which is great for the offshore days when we can't kite :D Actually there are quite a few kiters at calshot & HH who sail cats.

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Fri Apr 26, 2013 1:32 pm

g0nz0 wrote:Thats cool! Lu & I part own a Hobie 17 which is great for the offshore days when we can't kite :D Actually there are quite a few kiters at calshot & HH who sail cats.

Dan
Hobie 17? that looks a good boat, I see them coming up for sale every now and then on 'Apolloduck'. Almost tempted to get one but got too many boats as it is :)
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Fri Apr 26, 2013 3:49 pm

Yeah the 17 is quite quick if it's not too choppy & your a fairly light crew, but you need to be limber cos there's not much room under the boom! Ours is fitted with double traps, jib & snorkle spinaker, which is good cos we mostly sail 2 up. Looking forward to maybe taking it out solo, but I need to see if I'm heavy enough to right it on my own! :twisted:

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Fri Apr 26, 2013 3:57 pm

My H16 is fitted with a righting frame, its attached to the front beam and folds up to tuck under the tramp..cleated at the rear beam. Simply extend in the event of capsize and 'walk' out along the lowest side to the water. Havent had to use it yet, but wonder how it would cope with properly inverted cat. You can get some other device to right a cat, sort of a pole arrangment with a bridle system. Must say I havent spilled the H16 yet, reefed up in strong wind shes quite easy to handle. More forgiving than the RS700 that I use, thats for sure :)
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Mon Jun 24, 2013 9:56 am

That righting system seems a good idea, I don't go out solo in anything over about 12-14 knots and never capsized solo yet so I suppose I'm lucky to not have had to try to right it solo. With 2 it's fairly simple. I don't sail in a lot of wind as I prefer to kite or teach in 12 plus. I still use the jib solo but I can imagine in 12 plus it's a good idea to not bother. I had a week of sailing at Lesvos at the beginning of May and the new Topaz was a lively little 16, if you get chance to try one give it a go, they come with spinnaker too and to say the least it was interesting. I loved reading above the bargain price of £1200 and chuckled, I got mine from a mate with jib and 2 mains including an original retro rainbow one for £200.
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