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need quick info on dating! #25604
10/29/03 01:49 PM
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Largo, Florida
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I've never owned a Hobie before, but I'm going to look at one for sale (a Hobie 16) this afternoon or tomorrow morning. The person who currently owns it doesn't know the year of manufacture, however, so here's my question: Is the manufacture date encoded in a serial number or something on the hull? I've tried to learn a little bit about Hobies along the way, and I'd like to know what vintage I'm looking at. I know this is a basic question, but could anyone let me know?

Thanks!

Kevin

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Re: need quick info on dating! [Re: papayamon2] #25605
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I have to admit when I first saw this topic, I thought it was destined for the "meet someone" forum.

Re: need quick info on dating! [Re: papayamon2] #25606
10/29/03 06:16 PM
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THE SER# IS ON THE TRANSOM.THE DATE OF MFG IS WITHIN THE #

Re: need quick info on dating! [Re: papayamon2] #25607
10/29/03 07:15 PM
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Panama City Beach, FL
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The last 2 number of the serial number will tell you what year the boat is. Hobie Cat has an excellent frequently asked question page on there forum http://www.hobiecat.com/community/viewforum.php?f=18&sid=f7906b416ee7d9c22cbeb24f768a9df2

This should help you if not let me know and I will see what I can do.


Thanks,
Brad Stephens
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www.sunjammers.com
info@sunjammers.com
850-235-2281
Panama City Beach, FL


Thanks,
Brad Stephens
Panama City Beach, FL
Re: need quick info on dating! [Re: Sunjammers] #25608
10/30/03 07:14 AM
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If its an old boat there should be a number on the inside of the back casting but if its a new boat its either on the mast or next to where the rudder connects to the boat.

I thoung it was also about meeting new people!!


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Re: need quick info on dating! [Re: Jules_topcat] #25609
10/30/03 07:21 AM
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If its an old boat there should be a number on the inside of the back casting but if its a new boat its either on the mast or next to where the rudder connects to the boat.


New is a relative term here. My 1976 H16 had the the date etched in the fiberglass on the back of the transom, just above the rudder mounts.
Jack


Jack Hoying Fort Loramie, Ohio
Re: need quick info on dating! [Re: jmhoying] #25610
10/30/03 08:50 AM
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Thanks, everyone! I appreciate the info.

Kevin

Re: need quick info on dating! [Re: papayamon2] #25611
11/04/03 06:07 AM
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Im sorry about the new bit but i just bought a boat straight from the factory!! A 2003 model so yeah its new but i dont know how far back it goes!!


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Re: need quick info on dating! [Re: papayamon2] #25612
11/04/03 12:26 PM
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The serial number is the surest way to determine if the boat you want to date is "legal age" or not :-) Sometimes the SN has been wiped out by painting or repairs. Age can also be approximated by looking at original parts on the boat such as sail number, mast (comp tip or not), rudders, main sheet blocks, jib cars, etc.

Here is a direct link to the serial number info [Re: CMerrell] #25613
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Here is a direct link to the serial number info at Hobie Cat:
Hobie Serial Number Location Information

The Hobie FAQ on it:

Hobie FAQ on serial numbers


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Re: need quick info on dating! [Re: Jules_topcat] #25614
11/06/03 07:58 PM
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Bayonet Point, FL
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I wish I could buy a new 14 in the US. But hey I can buy a Hobie Wave. Yipee

Re: need quick info on dating! [Re: naishman] #25615
11/07/03 09:36 PM
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Bradenton, FL
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So? You could also buy a Cheshire


G-Cat 5.7M #583 (sail # currently 100) in Bradenton, FL Hobie 14T
Re: need quick info on dating! [Re: Sycho15] #25616
11/09/03 08:03 AM
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cough cough buy a new hobie 16!!! They the best


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