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#376383 - 05/16/12 04:05 PM Re: Hobie Cats [Re: alan]
BrenR Offline
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Originally Posted By: alan
a furling genoa


Mmm.. salami. wink

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#376387 - 05/16/12 04:22 PM Re: Hobie Cats [Re: BrenR]
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LOL, Bren!

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#376401 - 05/16/12 06:54 PM Re: Hobie Cats [Re: BrenR]
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Originally Posted By: MarkSJohnson
Are you guys proud of me for not once mentioning I have a little dinghy?

Originally Posted By: BrenR
Originally Posted By: alan
a furling genoa


Mmm.. salami. wink

Bren R.


I have nothing more to add, except I love Hobie Cats! Get one Murph!
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#376409 - 05/16/12 08:56 PM Re: Hobie Cats [Re: Murph]
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I agree murph, hobbies in general are quite easy to right and incredibly fun to sail and they are even fun when you go over - as long as you know how to right them. What is not fun and downright dangerous is pitch poling or sudden stops when the bow digs in and submarines. Hobie 16s are prone to this, more so than other cats, even with experts at the helm. The link here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=80mBnkAVyG8&feature=youtube_gdata_player opens with a very famous shot of a hobie 18 wave jumping and then pitch poling - I used to own one of those babies - the next series of shots show 16s doing their thing. Lots of fun ahead for you! Sorry not sure how to do links here.

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#376425 - 05/17/12 12:09 AM Re: Hobie Cats [Re: Murph]
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The Cats that I see around Comox Harbour that belong to the sailing school all have floats on their masts...

TAM

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#376435 - 05/17/12 07:29 AM Re: Hobie Cats [Re: Murph]
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Andy, I think it's great that you want to provide a new home for a Hobo Cat. With the population problems that cats (and dogs) face, your alternative to euthanasia is a noble one!


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#376438 - 05/17/12 07:54 AM Re: Hobie Cats [Re: Murph]
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Thanks all. I appreciate all your experience.

Choices now are pretty much now down to between two 16s and a new option, a Hobie Cat Bravo. demo boat I spotted for sale.

The Bravo is not as fast or as exiting as the 16. So at first I didn't really consider it but after watching some videos, it still can move really well when put to task and has the advantage of some real deck space to throw a couple of folding beach chairs into and a small hatch for 'beverages'. It's beginner friendly so my wife might actually learn to sail it herself. Yet, it still is fast enough I can scare my nephews and friends, which is always fun.

Side note.
I'm well versed in the art of pitch-poling from surfing in my sea kayaks and yes, I know the danger. About 4 years ago I suffered a hairline fracture in my fore arm when the bow of my Quest (really too long to sanely surf in big waves) submarined so far I went straight over. It had to be pretty spectacular for the folks on the nearby breakwater watching us. I don't actually remember even hitting or jamming my arm on anything, but obviously I did.

Luckily it was a very minor crack and didn't require a cast. My ego was hurt a lot worse, but that is often a good thing when you learn your crafts limits without getting seriously hurt.
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#376832 - 05/22/12 06:35 PM Re: Hobie Cats [Re: Murph]
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On my harbour walk today I watched the kids taking their Cats out of the water. The sailing school here uses the Hobie Cat 'Wave' model...

TAM

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#377808 - 06/04/12 08:42 AM Re: Hobie Cats [Re: Murph]
Murph Offline
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Exitement!!!
This got delivered yesterday! This is a promo pic, of course, not mine.



It's small but fast and fun. I still want a 16 someday but I think this was the right choice for our bay. It's super easy for my wife to learn on but yet it can still go 15 knots or more if you feel crazy. It has no center or dagger boards so it only needs 9 inches of water (important for the very large shallow area we launch from.) It's hull is a tough polymer so we can just sail it right up to the beach and most importantly, it has beer holders.

Another neat feature is that the mast rotates in order to super easily reef in the sail so that you can make it more manageable in stronger winds. This will be a nice feature to build up my wife's confidence as she learns to sail it herself.


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#377809 - 06/04/12 08:50 AM Re: Hobie Cats [Re: Murph]
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It would be a better promo shot if they shot it from the other side...allowing the logo to read correctly.

Here, it looks Arabic.

Murph, the Terrorists Won because you want to enjoy a small watercraft. You selfish bastard!

Edit: Oh, and congratulations!


Edited by MarkSJohnson (06/04/12 08:51 AM)
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