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Hobie 16
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Description: Hobie 16
Keywords: Hobie 16
 


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Registered: January 2000
Location: maryland
Posts: 1888
Review Date: Wed June 3, 1998 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
Pros:
Cons:

Lots of fun to sail,but always wet. Most important control is the traveller adjustment for boom angle. Will not bury bow if sheet is handled carefully. Can sail without jib in strong winds. Can jibe when impossible to come about due to strong wind and waves in a blow.
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Registered: January 2000
Location: maryland
Posts: 1888
Review Date: Fri November 19, 1999 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
Pros:
Cons:

My 12 year old son and I raced the hobie 16 - I paid $800. We never won a race, but had the best times of our lives on the boat. Racing is great... Social and Competitive aspects both. Expect to get wet, expect to go fast.It was probably the best $800 I have ever spent.
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gallifree
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Registered: September 2002
Review Date: Fri September 6, 2002 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
Pros:
Cons:

Get this boat. You can't go far. You won't be dry. You can't take buddies out for beer. You can't show it off to friends.

You can have the time of your life. Short of putting foils on it, the boat is scorchingly fast. We are the only boat the windsurfers talk to because we are out there taking them on. Nothing else is as fast - except another Hobie 16.

When the wind's right and the water is flat, you fly. Gently you haul in and one of your hulls clears the water. If you are on the wire, you will stop breathing.

I've sailed a lot of little boats and a number of big ones, this is the only one, when you hit the beach to take 10, you cheer. Problems - sail integrity - Hobies get sailed and sailed hard. Check for delamination everywhere, but especially on top of the hulls in front of the tramp. Inspect the gudgeons. Turn the boat over and check the bottom of the hulls - its a beach boat so these take a beating. Look for any cracks in the tramp supports. Take it out and see what type of water gets into your hulls. More than a cupful or two is a problem after 30 to 40 minutes.

Bring it someplace where there are other Hobies and windsurfers - you'll get board streaking back and forth by yourself.
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dameware
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Registered: July 2003
Posts: 31
Review Date: Mon October 11, 2004 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Iím on my 3rd Hobie 16 and have made a few modifications to avoid having the thing fall apart on me sailing it balls-to-the-walls.

Both hulls developed cracks inside and just forward of the forward tramp support post(s) when cranking down the mainsheet sailing tight to windward. My fix for this was a section of galvanized fence piping and 2 bolt hole caps bolted across the front of the bows in the same holes used by the 2 forestays. This keeps the bows at the same width and works as hand holds when pulling the boat around on the beach.

I also added a second sidestay to each side and tension each pair share the load equally.

On the 2nd Hobie I had a welder weld a second stainless dolphin striker support and then added a second dolphin striker in tandem with the existing one. My first Hobie fell apart when the striker parted.

These 3 mods beef the boat up a bit. I have sailed my boat hard for a number of years and it has held up well, but I worry about the single striker - if it fails and the load on the main isn't eased ASAP, the tramp supports will break.
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Review Date: Thu November 8, 2007 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Speed, Durability, Racing class
Cons:

That review from Dameware above is completely off base. Please do not do any of the mods that he suggests, they're ridiculous. He obviously had a piece of junk, not well maintained boat.
The 16 is a very durable, fast, fun boat. You can find them for pretty cheap and have a load of fun. It's the best money I've spent on a boat by far.
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dameware
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Registered: July 2003
Posts: 31
Review Date: Thu July 15, 2010 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Ridiculous..?? My dolphin striker broke, the mast crossbeam support collapsed, and then the castings holding the tramp bars broke. Boat was in pieces a few miles out from Pearl Harbor off Oahu. The bar across the front is a great modification. It keeps the hulls from cracking on top just forward of the front ramp support and itís easy to pull the boat up a beach that way. The 2nd sidestay is insurance. Sail your hobie hard and fast and eventually things start to break. I surfed and jumped waves which Iím sure had a lot to do with the striker fatiguing and then parting. It had nothing to do with maintenance.
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