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Kayak Sailing / windsurfer mast for Hobie AI?
« on: June 20, 2022, 02:37:50 PM »
I've been working on converting my 2013 Hobie Adventure into a full-fledged AI, and I've been trying to do it on the cheap. I already have an AI, but I've always wanted to do the Adventure-to-AI conversion. I'm now done converting, except I don't have a mast. Well, I do actually have a mast for my "real" AI, but I'd like to have a complete, independent setup for my converted AI.

The mast on a pre-2015 AI is about 15' 2" tall, and Hobie doesn't sell it anymore. They do sell the 2015-and-newer AI mast, which is 16' 6" tall. I could make the taller mast work, but it's also $659 (the taller TI mast is $1079, btw).

I see a lot of used windsurfing masts for sale for fairly cheap, such as a 460cm (very close to 15' 2")  70% carbon for $250. The Hobie mast has some flex to it, but I'm not sure how it compares to a windsurfer mast.  Any ideas on how a windsurfing mast might compare to an AI mast?

Craftsmen's Corner / cheap carry handles for my Hobie
« on: June 17, 2022, 08:04:32 PM »
The floppy carry handles on Hobies have a metal embedded inside the plastic. Incredibly, it's not stainless, and on my AI, they had rusted badly, and I was thinking they were going to break. Hobie sells replacements for $20 each, while Old Town has some for about half that price that look pretty good. I decided to make my own, and they only cost a little over $2 each.

I used PVC, the 3/4" gray conduit, 45 degree, which cost $1.68 each at my local Home Depot (the gray conduit is supposed to be more UV resistant than PVC pipe). I also used a fender washer, bent into a taco shape, and some high-quality sailing rope. Nothing especially original, but I like the curved handle better than straight PVC.

For Sale / Tarpon 160 for $600
« on: June 17, 2022, 07:29:20 PM »
This is not mine... I was walking past the kayak storage rack by the "A" dock in the Santa Cruz harbor today, and there was a Tarpon 160 (yellow) with a for sale sign on it. It looked like it was in good shape. I have no idea whether $600 is a reasonable price. Anyways, n case anyone is interested, the posted phone number (subtract 1 from each digit) was 519-314-7645

Hobie Kayaks / rope sale West Marine
« on: June 13, 2022, 04:20:12 PM »
In case you're looking for some sailing rope, West Marine has all of its "Sta-Set Polyester Yacht Braid" for 30% off thru 6/20:


The 1/4" size is perfect for the AI mainsheet, and I use some other sizes for various things. It's high quality rope and the price is great.

Hobie Kayaks / Hobie AI aka v1 question
« on: June 13, 2022, 09:48:48 AM »
This is probably obvious, but I'm missing something here...

I'm finished the final assembly converting my 2013 Adventure into a full AI, and I can't seem to figure out the aka bar pins. I assume I should use a bungee to attach the pin to the loop on the bottom of the aka bar. But, is there anything to hold the pin in place once it's inserted? I hope that makes sense...

Anyways, if anybody has a similar picture to the one I've attached, that would probably answer my question.

Gearing Up and Rigging Up / Railblaza issue...
« on: May 27, 2022, 08:00:06 PM »
I used to use Scotty mounts for everything, but then I decided Railblaza was better (smaller, lighter, no need to drill a giant hole, positive locking, etc.). But, now I think I'll go back to Scotty.

I've had a Railblaza "side port" mount inside the cupholder of my Hobie for a long time, with a rod holder inserted. Today, I tried to remove the rod holder and it was impossible to do so by hand, and even with some tools, it was difficult. It took me a while to figure out what had happened, but it appears that the mount itself is fine, while the base of the rod holder has swelled. That makes it impossible to remove or insert by hand.

The first pictures show the rod holder base and the mount, while the second show the base inserted as far as it goes. It's supposed to seat flush, but the top part is too big to slide into the mount, and unless it's fully seated, it can't be locked into place. It seems like a major flaw to me, especially since Railblaza charges such a high price...

Safety First / unsafe kayaker in SC...
« on: May 22, 2022, 06:00:59 PM »
Today was the third time I've seen a specific middle-aged Asian guy launch his inflatable from the boat ramp in Santa Cruz. I'm not sure exactly what kind of craft he pilots, but I think it looks a lot like this one:


Whatever it is, it's extremely short, wide, SUP-like, and does not look very sea-worthy.

This morning, I launched exactly at first light (5:25am) and he launched before me. For no apparent reason, he launches from the south side of the boat ramp, which is the busier side, between powerboats. Today was a super-busy Sunday (lots of PBs and tons of commercial boats too), and I'm sure he pissed off a few boaters before he got underway. He had a headlight, but was nearly invisible from behind. He fishes the area around Steamer Lane, which is a pretty impressive distance, given what he's paddling.

I caught up with him a ways out of the harbor and tried to stay fairly close for a while, so that he wouldn't get run over. But, as you can imagine, he was pretty slow, so that didn't last too long. When I passed him by, I got close and asked if he has a radio, and he said no. I already knew he didn't have a radio, as I asked him about it the last time I saw him on the water.

That guy makes me nervous, but all I can think of to do is to keep asking him about his non-existent radio. Maybe if other kayakers who see him do the same, he'll get the message and buy one...

Hobie Kayaks / Hobie Island rivets
« on: May 20, 2022, 10:14:58 PM »
I need to reattach the "eyelet posts" (also known as bungee buttons), those things that the ama bungees attach to on a Hobie AI aka bar. I can't seem to find any rivets that look like a good match to those that Hobie uses. I was wondering if anybody might know what type of rivets Hobie uses.

I drilled out the previous rivets and they were not as easy to remove as I thought they'd be, which made me think they're stainless. But they have an unusually large head and they look more like aluminum than stainless, so I'm confused...

Hobie Kayaks / looking for 1000lb spectra
« on: May 04, 2022, 02:42:56 PM »
Today, the down rudder line on my AI snapped, at which point I was rudderless. So, it looks like it's time to replace all of the rudder lines on both of my Hobie's. Hobie use 1000lb spectra on the AI, which by my measurement, is 2mm. Rather than order the pricey replacement kit from Hobie ($95, which includes pre-tied spectra line and some plastic guide tubes that I don't need to replace), I figure I can just buy the spectra, tie it myself, and save some moolah.

Does anybody know a local source for 1000lb spectra that is reasonably priced? It seems to be about $0.30/foot online:


Is there any difference between different brands? Is there perhaps an alternative that might be better? Someone online recommended kevlar, but it's not as UV resistant, so I wouldn't use it in the areas that are exposed to sun.

Hobie Kayaks / What is this doodad called?
« on: May 01, 2022, 09:40:59 AM »
I need about 10 of these (the gravity-defying plastic thing, not the quarter) for my Hobie, and I can't find them anywhere. I'm not sure what it's called and can't even find it in the Hobie catalog. Maybe if it had a name (other than "doodad") I might have better luck.

In the past, I had great luck getting things like this from ACK, but they don't exist anymore.

Craftsmen's Corner / AI II
« on: April 27, 2022, 08:23:05 PM »
I'm nearly done piecing together an AI from my 2013 Adventure and a bunch of parts that I've slowly gathered. It still needs some minor stuff (a couple of blocks, a couple of cam cleats, rope, etc.) and one big thing, namely, a mast. The mast is pretty pricey ($659), so I'm thinking about trying to fabricate one. Anyways, I can test it out with the mast from my "real" AI, and I'm hoping to do so soon.

General Fishing Tips / Where is three trees?
« on: April 24, 2022, 09:34:52 AM »
On Bayside Marine, they often mention "three trees", but I don't know where it is located. This link gives GPS coordinates, but I'm not sure if it's correct:


General Fishing Tips / places to bank fish near Sacramento?
« on: April 21, 2022, 12:02:48 PM »
I'm going to be in Davis on Saturday and I'll have some time to spare. Unfortunately, I can't take a kayak, so I was wondering if there are any bank fishing opportunities that might be worth a try.

Craftsmen's Corner / 3D printer job?
« on: April 09, 2022, 11:43:19 AM »
I need 4 new aka bar endcaps for my Hobie AI and they are $10 each, plus about $10 shipping plus tax, which seems pretty crazy, even by Hobie standards. So, I'm wondering if this looks like something that is suitable for 3D printing and, if so, whether there are any 3D printer people in NCKA-land who might be interested in giving it a try. I'd be glad to pay--even if it costs as much as Hobie charges, I'd rather pay somebody here than Hobie.

The overall height is 2.875" and the maximum diameter is 1.625", and it's hollow. The plastic appears to be about 3/32" thick. I'm not sure what type of plastic it is, but it's very rigid. The thickness of the material is not critical, just the outer dimensions, as it needs to fit inside of an aluminum tube. I can provide detailed drawings.

General Talk / Santa Cruz CDIP buoy
« on: March 28, 2022, 07:16:46 PM »
There's a swell-measuring buoy on the west side of Santa Cruz that I really found useful last year:


However, it looks like the info that is displayed this year is a little different. Last year, it had the same graphs as now, but each of the graphs also included another line that was a prediction, and the prediction extended to 1 or 2 days ahead. Now, there's no prediction, and each graph only goes up to the present. Their predictions were very good, and I'm wondering if that info is still available somewhere on the website, and maybe I'm just not seeing it...

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