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#253560 - 10/16/12 06:42 PM Jib Only  
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It is possible/practical to sail a Hobie 16 with just the jib ? I'd like to depower it to take out my young son.

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#253581 - 10/17/12 06:27 AM Re: Jib Only [Re: TonyB]  
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No,very hard to sail with jib only.Much better option is main only.Use the jib halyard attached to forstay adjuster to give rig tension.

#253594 - 10/17/12 09:22 AM Re: Jib Only [Re: TonyB]  
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Difficult if not impossible to sail upwind and or tack with jib alone.

I once saw a couple guys doing it though. Wind was mid 20s to 30s. More like reach, reach.


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#253602 - 10/17/12 11:17 AM Re: Jib Only [Re: mmiller]  
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I was forced to do it once (main halyard broke),do able but like Matt said hard to make ground upwind

#253605 - 10/17/12 01:46 PM Re: Jib Only [Re: TonyB]  
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Thanks guys. I think the best option is to try to find a 14 main for it.

#253613 - 10/17/12 06:49 PM Re: Jib Only [Re: TonyB]  
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“an island in the Pacific....
Does the main have reef points?


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#253692 - 10/19/12 10:35 PM Re: Jib Only [Re: TonyB]  
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Instead of finding a H-14 sail, it might be easier to find an old blown out H-16 sail, then convert it to a storm sail. You could pull out the stitching on the bottom tape, take out a few panels, then re-sew the tape on a now smaller sail. If it is still too much sail, then take out another panel. You got me EXCITED, I just might try this if I can find a cheap old sail!


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