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  • I bought a Hobie 16 this year and have had it on the water a couple times. I have found that when I get up to speed, I have a vibration coming from the rudder. What do I need to adjust?
  • A comment from one of the videos I posted:
    rattlenhumFAQ on rudder hum/whale noise: https://www.hobie.com/sup…om/support/tech/hum.html

    Here is my rudder noise video:

    Bryan in Poplar Grove, IL
    Supercat 17, unknown year. Future project
    Hobie 16, 1977 - died a spectacular death https://youtu.be/Y7O22bp2MVA
    Hobie 16, 1978 - current boat
  • It's the fat lady singing!

    Jerome Vaughan
    Hobie 16
    Clinton, Mississippi
  • Correct me if I'm wrong but I heard it could be caused by your rudders being perfectly aligned which isn't a bad thing. If it annoys you try toeing them in a tiny bit.

    Bill Townsend
    G-Cat 5.7
  • What type of rudder blades do you have (Lexan, fiberglass, EPO, etc.)? The classic explaination for Hobie rudder hum is turbulence coming off of the trailing edge. The fix is to clean up the trailing edge of the blade.



    Edited by Dogboy on Aug 20, 2021 - 09:59 AM.
  • I have the EPO rudders on my H18. They hum quite a bit at speed.
    I followed the Hobie “fix”, didn’t do anything, they still hum.
    It’s now something I ignore.

    Hobie 18 Magnum
    Dart 15
    Mystere 6.0XL Sold Was a handful solo
    Nacra 5.7
    Nacra 5.0
    Bombardier Invitation (Now officially DEAD)
    Various other Dock cluttering WaterCrap
  • We've had success by slightly beveling one side of the trailing edge and giving it an asymmetrical profile. It also helped some with the N20 1st gen. rudder ventilation issues.

  • I like it.

    1978 H18
    1983 H18 (some of it)

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