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#129744 - 01/23/08 09:49 AM Another Convert!  
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Good news, another Mono racer has just bought a cat but he would like some tips or any help to climb the learning curve. I told him to come here for answers to all of life's burning questions. He just bought a used Hobie 17 Sport, rolling jib, wings, double traps. He lives in Orange Park (FL) and used to race a JY 15 out of the Rudder Club so he is familiar with that area.

Any of you guys in Jax that know how to propperly rig and sail a Hobie 17, any tricks would be most appreciated. Hopefully he will see this post and learn from your experience.

Another convert to the Dark Side! <img src="http://www.catsailor.com/forums/images/graemlins/shocked.gif" alt="" />

Thanks.


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#129745 - 01/23/08 10:13 AM Re: Another Convert! [Re: Timbo]  

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I will be at the rudder club on the a-cat this sunday, tell him to come on over. A friend of mine is bringing his hobie 17 as well (might be the same guy).
Mike

#129746 - 01/23/08 10:50 AM Re: Another Convert! [Re: ]  
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I just picked up a 17 this fall to sail in next year NACs since they will be up in my neck of the woods. I don't know as much as guys like Bounds, Ward, et al, but I'll throw in the little bit I do know.

Rig tension -- keep the shrouds loose enough to allow the mast to rotate to 90 deg.

Many of the boats are now rigged with a positive mast rotation system. It isn't as necessary for cruising, but if he plans on racing, he will want this. Hook up a bungee bridle from the bows. Then connect this bridle to the mast rotator with two more bungees -- one running on each side of the mast. This will rotate the mast forward when he releases the mast rotation for going downwind. Use heap-big beefy bungee! <img src="http://www.catsailor.com/forums/images/graemlins/crazy.gif" alt="" />

Trap lines -- The last time I sailed one of these boats, the trap lines were strung outside the wings. But now the locals are telling me they run the traps inside the wings in a normal set-up.

Check the hooks fiberglassed into the daggers. Do this from under the boat. These hooks have a way of wearing out and breaking off.

Ummm...tell him he'll go a lot faster and enjoy the boat a lot more if he keeps the pointy end up!! <img src="http://www.catsailor.com/forums/images/graemlins/tongue.gif" alt="" />


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#129747 - 01/23/08 12:31 PM Re: Another Convert! [Re: ]  
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Thanks Mike, I hope it is the same guy and you can give him some pointers. He was asking me how to step his mast...alone. He has a gin-pole setup but I told him best to get some help the first few times. And mind the wind direction! And the overhead powerlines!! <img src="http://www.catsailor.com/forums/images/graemlins/blush.gif" alt="" />


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#129748 - 01/23/08 02:23 PM Re: Another Convert! [Re: Timbo]  
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The sport is quite different from the SE version we race. It has a boomless main and a jib and no real way to control mast rotation. With a few additional parts the boat can be set up either way. If he post his questions here or on the hobie forum he will get all the help he can handle.
http://www.hobiecat.com/community/viewforum.php?f=15&sid=cc3faca173ee076bfee2cf1c3466b273

#129749 - 01/23/08 03:35 PM Re: Another Convert! [Re: DanWard]  
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esp. for the hobie 17, pages 281-289

of rick and mary's

"catamaran racing for the 90's"

http://store.catsailor.com/tek9.asp?pg=products&specific=jqcmhpjpe

best book for the new cat sailor

eric e


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