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Installing Deck Ports

Added by Damon Linkous on Sep 12, 2002 - 12:35 PM
A step-by-step illustrated guide

By Bill Mattson

First published in "On The Wire" Ezine.

If you own a Hobie Cat, you may have noticed that if you take on any water, it is virtually impossible to get it out, given the location of the drain plugs. You can raise the bows, but unless you point them straight to the sky, you are going to have some water left in the boat when you are done. Deck ports will accomodate a far more effective and convenient way to remove water.

This month, we install them in a couple of Hobie 16s. If you are even thinking about doing this, or wonder why anyone would, read on. We cover each step in detail, and give you a good idea of what to expect along the way. Let’s face it: If you are going to take a saw to your boat, you want as much information as you can get before you start cutting. This article provides fully illustrated step-by-step procedures to help you do the job right...

Catamaran motor mount

Added by Jack Hoying on Jun 19, 2002 - 05:59 PM
I recently purchased a small outboard motor for my Prindle 18 catamaran and had to figure out how to mount it on my boat. I wanted something that was easily removable and was lightweight...

What's All This About Weather Helm?

Added by damonAdmin on Apr 14, 2002 - 04:20 PM

By Kim Miller (Originally published in "On The Wire" in the July/August 1998 issue.)

"Set up for slight weather helm" "Lee helm is a dangerous way to balance your boat" Have you ever heard these statements? What do they mean? And is there anything that I need to do to my Hobie to fit into these requirements?

Here is the answer to these questions and more. More than you ever wanted to know about lee helm, weather helm, mast rake, rudder rake, tiller tug, rudder moment, and ruddertrack, and how they control your enjoyment and safety while sailing your Hobie Cat.

Adding double trailer rollers

Added by Jmhoying on Apr 04, 2002 - 12:50 PM

Upgrading trailer rollers from single to double.

After switching from a H-16 to a P-18, I thought that since the 18 seemed to have more weight on the front single roller of my trailer, a second roller should be added. I made up a simple bracket that can be bolted in place of the single roller. I purchased an additional roller (in my case, 9") for each side and picked up the necessary metal at a local weld shop...

Plywood Cat Box

Added by nesdog on Mar 10, 2002 - 12:21 PM
Instructions for building a Plywood Catbox.

Note: If I can build this box, anyone can as I am a way better sailor than carpenter! This box needed to fit under a Prindle 18 on a trailer.

I started with two sheets of 1/2" 10' x 4' exterior grade plywood. I would have gotten 5/8" but it's not easy to find in 10' sheets as most of the yards sell 8' only. I had the yard cut one sheet down the middle to create two 10' x 24" halves. (so, the overall width of the box is 24")...

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