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Old 01-12-2008, 01:13   #1
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Hello Everyone!

I've been lurking around this forum for a while now, and thought its about time I register. You seem like a good group of people that enjoy helping out others with your knowledge, and not berating newcomers for asking "dumb" questions.

I've gotten an "itch" for many, many things in my life, but they usually go away. I'm finding that the sailing itch is one I'm going to have to scratch. Its gone away before, but then it just comes back worse.

So........I'm fixing up a Hobie Cat 14. Not exactly the bluewater cruiser I daydream about, but its a start. I want to learn how to SAIL.....then learn how to spend every penny I make on a big pretty hole in the water.

I'm young and and have a career, but I hope to retire in my mid fifties and do some "serious" sailing. I will probably stick mostly around Mexico, Hawaii, and the South Pacific, though I haven't ruled out the idea of a circumnavigation. We'll have to see how the wife takes to sailing.

I will be pestering you with many questions, mostly on the art of sailing at first. I may not post for months at a time, but that won't mean I'm gone....I'm just busy. My life is like that.

I hope to make some friends and will keep you all informed of my progress. The Cat needs lots of love before she sees water again, and I'm taking some serious night and weekend classes right now, so I don't see myself getting a lot of sailing in before 2010. But i will try none the less.

Hey, can anyone think of a clever name for a worn out, rag tag, sun damaged Hobie Cat?

-Chris from CA
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Old 01-12-2008, 03:51   #2
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Welcome Chris

My first sailboat was a Hobie Cat when I lived in San Diego years ago, Since then I have owned two more. I went everywhere on that boat.
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Old 01-12-2008, 05:06   #3
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If is in as bad a shape as you say.....Cat-Astrophe.
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Old 01-12-2008, 05:17   #4
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Hi Chris and welcome aboard. Hobies are fun. I guessing you are in Southern Cal. Plenty of sailing fun!

Maybe to sum up your fever - How about "Scratched Cat Fever"

Cheers!
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Dont knock the small hobies.

Somebody actually crossed the Atlantic in a 16 a few years ago (well 2 x somebody to be precise)

I have got to the stage where spilling the gin and tonic is bad news, but I can appreciate the fun you have in them!
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Old 01-12-2008, 06:05   #6
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Everybody has to start somewhere, and you have picked a good spot. Enjoy the Hobie, and you will learn quick on it! WELCOME to what I refer to as not a scratch, but an ADDICTION!.......i2f
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Old 01-12-2008, 20:16   #7
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Aloha Chris,
Welcome aboard! There are lots of old Hobie 14 parts available. Just make certain the hulls haven't become sun damaged and weak by sitting in the sun too long.
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Welcome Chris. By all means scratch the itch: It's tougher to reach it once a little arthritis sets in! Welcome again.
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The only Dumb question is the one not asked before right before you screw up..

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Thank you all for the warm welcome!

I'm actually from Norhtern CA, so I will be sailing the Delta and a couple of mountain Lakes near my home. Maybe one day I'll even take the little cat out on the SF bay. (It would have to be a very NICE day, and I would go with an experienced SF bay sailor)

On the Cat.... the hulls are actually in good shape. The sun damage is mostly on anything painted and the stickers and such. It is actually pretty sound. Needs rudders though....and a tramp.......and rigging (sigh). I've even lined up a good sail instructor, but that is a ways off yet.

My schooling is going to keep me pretty busy for a while, but I will link up before and after pics when I get the Cat seaworthy.

Thanks again for the welcome!
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Just thought I say hi and good luck.
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Hello Everyone!


I've gotten an "itch" for many, many things in my life, but they usually go away. I'm finding that the sailing itch is one I'm going to have to scratch. Its gone away before, but then it just comes back worse.

though I haven't ruled out the idea of a circumnavigation. We'll have to see how the wife takes to sailing.


-Chris from CA
Hi Chris! I know that itch! For me it also went away for a while but has always been in the background. Now, I am seriously afflicted I too, have to see how my boyfriend takes to sailing.

Welcome!
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