I'm now about 3 weeks out from actually sailing my Hobie 21 SE
Holding off on my plans to convert the Tramp.. to a hard deck.
Instead i found a Guy with a trampoline in his back yard, who
let me learn to walk on it ; so i Duck-taped up the sharp objects
on my Fakies and learned to stand on this surface. NO Flips ! HA !!
The Rear cross-beam i cut in half because it was stuck and couldn't get
my new toy home from Northern Cal , is spliced with an inner sleeve of
3" inch 6061-T6 alum with a wall of 3/8" + a Glass/epoxy spacer.
If any bending is noted in the
near future then i can wrap a 3oz glass on the X-beam to act as a dissimilar metals
barrier then wrap 10oz Stitched carbon (+ - 45) till it has a 1/4" wall. that would be WAY stronger than
stock. I kinda think my 21" inner splice will work Fine.
Trailing with a 9.5ft wide package may be fun ---------------------NOT !
The traveler will need some thought.
I found a some-what decent fabric to make New tramps for me Hobie ;
so next i break out my sewing machine & I'll show pictures of how it turns out ...
Good or Bad. Anyone use this fabric before ? :http://www.sailrite.com/Trampoline-Mesh-Soft-White-63#
Hopefully i can use the same for my Wings as well.
OK -- here is a Question on the sails :
In the pick below --
Is the one out front -- the Cat version of a Drifter for a monohull ?
I don't have that sail, but probably won't need it where i live, it bowls
really hard on lake Mohave.
Blows Hard and cycles from 13 to 30mph on any given day, ( sometimes several times
I bin kiteboarding this lake for 5 years now; 2.5 of them on prosthetics.
Anyone Know the actual aria of the Main sail on a 21-SE ?
I kinda had the idea of sewing in reefing points on my Main and reducing it
down to what a Hobie-16 is ; and have the ability to change out the Jib
with the one on a 16 as well. On dead air days i'll practice changing out & reefing
my sails till i got it down to under 5min by myself.
I "Don't think it prudent for me to be out where i got a 5min warning bell, (looking at wind-lines on water) and
knowing that my 13mph wind is about to be 30mph, without being able
to reduce my sail aria down to 2/3'rds of the stock 300sq/ft the 21-SE has.
Anyone else have reefing points on your Main ; or does everyone sail in
more consistent winds than what i Get on Mohave ?
One benefit for me is
that i kinda Know the moods of this place because i kite-boarded it for a while now.
What's the sail out front called ?