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General Talk / Re: Getting squid ink stains off kayak
« on: Today at 04:34:27 AM »
Leave it. Think of it as a Badge of Honor!!


It should be against the bylaws of NCKA to remove such stains from a kayak, and anyone doing so should be excommunicated!


Hah. You're the squid king. How come your kayaks look like they're scrubbed and polished in your videos.


Craftsmen's Corner / Re: DIY PVC seat
« on: Today at 04:33:16 AM »
I'd be tempted to just make it out of aluminum tubing. Bend one long piece to the desired shape, get the next size larger pipe to sleeve the joint, and braze in place. Lightweight and will outlast the kayak.

That's a good idea. I might give it a try. Any advice on bending aluminum tubing?

Craftsmen's Corner / Re: DIY PVC seat
« on: June 13, 2024, 07:21:25 PM »
Great adaptation, very cool.

If this is the iteration you are satisfied with, Id consider re-making it from HDPE pipe. Reason being that PVC degrades and can break into shards with sharp points and edges.

HDPE (harder to find and more $) will stretch and rebound until it is under much higher stress and then will tear, but not filet your backside.

Wouldn't HDPE pipe be too flexible in a similar diameter?

Craftsmen's Corner / Re: DIY PVC seat
« on: June 13, 2024, 06:02:44 PM »
Beautiful build. The only downside is PVC is brittle. It will eventually break. It's only a matter of time. But I guess having a broken seat at sea is not catastrophic.

Painting it would probably extend the life by quite a bit, as it get more brittle from UV exposure...

General Talk / Re: Tarp / cover for storing kayak outside
« on: June 13, 2024, 06:00:22 PM »
I store my main AI right-side up on PVC bunks on a trailer, while my backup is hanging upside down under the deck. I've never had any warping issues.

IMHO, the best way to support any Hobie is right-side up on a pair of PVC pipes that run lengthwise. Besides being super-cheap, if you let the PVC flex a little bit in the middle, the bunks form nicely to the hull, and provide better support than the official Hobie cradles.

Kayak Sailing / Re: How much water is too much inside Hobie AI ???
« on: June 13, 2024, 05:50:19 PM »
I noticed a lot of water coming through the rudder line holes. In roughish water and at speeds greater than 5mph, the stern of my AI will sometimes take a dip under the surface. Note: I am stern-heavy since I am motorized.

Do you think it's the rudder line holes or possibly the rear round hatch? In my case, I use larger diameter rudder lines and can't believe that a lot of water gets through those holes. But, both of the round hatches could be an issue.

General Talk / Re: Getting squid ink stains off kayak
« on: June 13, 2024, 05:47:07 PM »
Leave it. Think of it as a Badge of Honor!!


It should be against the bylaws of NCKA to remove such stains from a kayak, and anyone doing so should be excommunicated!

Kayak Sailing / Re: Mr. X rides again!
« on: June 13, 2024, 05:44:27 PM »
I don't know if other people find the R2AK live tracker as addictive as I do, but I find myself looking at it constantly throughout the day. Here's a few things that caught my eye...

Mr. X was in the doldrums for quite a while today, but this afternoon he seems to have caught some decent wind, and he's making progress. It looks like he will have sailable conditions the next 2 days (a little less consistent the following 2 days) and he might be able to pass at least a couple of other boats.

Some of the other contestants are really impressive too. The one that I find the most amazing is Team Boogie Barge, which the R2AK website describes thusly:

"After 8 years of R2AK-genuity, a lot of crazy and/or bad ideas have been attempted to get to Ketchikan. And heres yet another one: build two wooden torpedoes and slap some bikes on it. No sails, no sleep."

It's just 4 guys pedaling, they are currently 6th overall, and they've gone about 1/6th of the distance (97NM covered, with 496 to go). It's hard to imagine that they can keep going at the same pace the whole way, but if they can, and the winds are light, they might even be a contender for 2nd place.

Craftsmen's Corner / Re: DIY PVC seat
« on: June 13, 2024, 11:26:21 AM »
I've been considering doing the same thing to the Tarpon 140 I just got. My concern is that raising the center of gravity will compromise the stability. Thought's?
It will make it tippy, which isn't a concern when you have outriggers.

Al's correct, at least if you raise it as much as I did. My butt is about 4 or 5 inches higher, and it would definitely affect the stability if I used it in kayak mode.

Introductions / Re: Newbie in Pacific Grove
« on: June 13, 2024, 09:31:23 AM »
Welcome, PG newbie.

Craftsmen's Corner / Re: DIY PVC seat
« on: June 13, 2024, 09:26:24 AM »
Thats an awesome way to make a custom seat dang! I am currently trying to make a bass pro ascend seat for my outback but of course the dimensions arnt working out very nicely.

One cool item Im using to clip the seat in place are these rubber marine light pole storage clips: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B001449E30?psc=1&ref=ppx_yo2ov_dt_b_product_details

I'm also using a metal shovel/tool mount to secure my seat in place.

Yours looks light and the customizability is perfect.

Those brackets look useful.

I forgot to mention that for my seat, the brackets that hold the seatback in place were cut out of 3/4" starboard plastic. To hold the seat bottom in place, I used this style of paddle holder bracket


but, I've used this type before, and they are a lot sturdier


Kayak Sailing / Re: How much water is too much inside Hobie AI ???
« on: June 13, 2024, 08:31:25 AM »
On windy days at oyster point I get a few quartz as well.  Front hatch leaks the most, from the two ridges.  I am about to put the foam mat underneath the hatch lid.  There is a video on youtube using a 16 inch inner bicycle tube around base of the hatch.  Have not try it but looks like a reasonable alternative.

Thanks. I actually use something kinda like that inner tube trick, specifically, a squishy 3/4 inch diameter loop of silicone rubber tubing. On my yellow AI, that seems to be sufficient, but on my red AI (yes, I have 2 AIs...), it may not be enough. The inner tube might just be the ticket.

Craftsmen's Corner / DIY PVC seat
« on: June 13, 2024, 08:26:20 AM »
I posted something about my DIY-PVC seat in a different thread, but now that it's been through several revisions, and I think I've more-or-less perfected it, I thought I'd start a separate thread.

The backstory is that on a pre-2015 AI/TI, the seat area is sure to get flooded with water, and I got tired of sitting in a puddle of water all day. So, I made a frame out of PVC pipe, and strung bungee cord over it as tight as possible. The first version worked OK, but was a bit too low in front. The second version was very comfy, but it was a bit too high. The 3rd version ended up in the trash (lots of swearing involved) as the glue set on the very last piece before the pipe was fully inserted into its fitting.

Finally, the fourth version seems to be exactly what I was looking for. The only down side is that the bottom of the main sail is now below head-height, but that's a lot less annoying than a wet butt. Some pictures are attached.

It's all 3/4" regular white PVC pipe. I glued it together (the usual PVC cement, no primer), and I'd recommend glueing it. It is possible to just put in screws to hold it together, making it easier to modify, but then it might squeak. It is a bit challenging to get everything square when gluing. Believe it or not, I found that the secret to squareness is to buy PVC pipe from Lowe's rather than Home Depot, as the pipe from Lowe's can be fully inserted into fittings and taken apart, while the pipe from Home Depot could only be inserted about half way into fittings. Being able to completely pre-assemble everything is a huge plus, as then you can square everything, and mark exactly how the pipe and fitting need to join.

Also, the extra brace across the underside is worth including, as without that, the pipe tends to bow in quite a bit under the pressure of the bungee cord (not to mention the weight of the butt). Adding a second brace would not be unreasonable. The brace was a bit tricky, as part of the inside of the fittings needs to be filed off (pipe is not supposed to slide through the middle third of a T fitting). I did that modification with a sanding pad on an angle grinder (gotta be very careful not to melt/burn the PVC too much). I didn't bother to glue the modified T onto the pipe as the bungee cord should hold it in place. Finally, the curvy piece on the front is not necessary--it's just something I happened to have lying around (or, possibly, laying around) that was the right length. Finally finally, I also plan to put some rubber feet under the bottom front pipe, since it doesn't exactly match up with the shape of the kayak. If you are really good at bending PVC pipe, it might be possible to make the pipe lay flat against the kayak, but that would be tricky, as the hull is not perfectly symmetric.

If anybody wants precise lengths of the pipes used, LMK.

Kayak Sailing / How much water is too much inside Hobie AI ???
« on: June 13, 2024, 07:20:05 AM »
The front hatch on the Hobie Islands is notorious for leaking. There are at least 3 approaches that people use to try to reduce the leakage, and I thought I had it figured out. However, this year I've been out several times sailing hard in rough conditions, and have ended up with a lot more water inside the hull than I recall having in the past. Previously, I'd only have a couple of cups of water, but this year, it seems more like a couple of quarts.

It's not a huge amount of water, so I don't think it is a serious leak (I did put a few inches of water in the hull to check for a leak and nothing showed up). The most likely suspect remains the front hatch, but there are other possibilities (round hatches, for example).

Anyways, I'm wondering how much water people get inside the hull when sailing their AI/TI in challenging conditions.

Kayak Sailing / Re: Mr. X rides again!
« on: June 13, 2024, 06:58:27 AM »
Here is Mr. X's second message--similar to the previous, in that he wants help with weather info so that he can decide which route to take.


After reach to point B, there are two way to go too, if wind is too strong, I have to choose 4, otherwise can choose 3 which is faster

To choose which way depends that time weather, can you message me when I approaching position A snd B?

I am using InReach same as before, i still has your phone number in my InReach system , I will send you message by InReach to remind you when I on my way

You message me the wind direction and how strong, and the wave height, and it last how long time for the way 1/2/3/4 to let me choose

Thank you!

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