Saturday, April 22, 2017

Sailing Hobie Getaway out of Long Beach


 We finally decided to take the Hobie out to the Pacific. This is something that I have always wanted to do, but had yet to get around to until this spring break. My family and I actually drive from Utah to California 2 times a year for vacation, but this spring break we decided to tow the boat.

Bring the boat along added a bit more prep time to the trip. I replaced wheel bearings in the trailer, round up some beach wheels and I also decide to replace the standing rigging on the boat for good measure. Perhaps all the preparation paid off as we had no problems with the boat or trailer.

We launched the boat from the Kite Sailing beach near long beach. We used the Claremont Beach Launch which appears to be one of the only beach launches in the area. Here you will find a place to park you truck and trailer, bathrooms, showers, a hose, and a gate that allows you to drive down to the shore where you can drop you boat about 50 yards from the water. I rounded up a set of beach wheels, which are a must have for toting your cat down to the water. Parking cost about 12 bucks.

The Kite Surfing Beach is an absolute mess. LA beaches are not that great, and this one is bad. Next time we go we are going to bring a rake to clean off our place on the beach, I wish you could launch down the road at Seal Beach, but the life guards there told me I couldn't even sail my boat over and beach it there.

Our first ocean launch was tricky. Normally there is very little surf at this beach, thanks to the break water, however our first launch was in about 3 foot surf. Not to difficult and kind of fun.

Fog rolled in thick and quick and before long we couldn't see the beach 100 yards away.

The second day was clear and warm with mild winds blowing from the south at about 10-15 mph. With no surf we where able to get the entire family on the boat. We sailed from the boat launch out past the oil islands and up the the Queen Mary and back. The trip took several hours. By the time we got back the afternoon winds really picked up. We dropped wife and little kids off at the beach and my oldest son and I went out to battle the winds and waves. Out side the break water with winds blowing at 20+mph waves breaking over the bows at 5', sailing was great and the Geteway did very well in the open water.

We plan to make this a yearly trip.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Hobie Getaway Spinnaker

Last summer I installed a spinnaker on my Hobie Getaway. I'll start off by saying that sailing with a spinnaker is super fun. It is challenging and rewarding.

Installing the spinnaker pretty strait forward, but the instructions provided by Hobie are basically useless. The Spinnaker kit is basically the hobie 16 kit with a few extra parts. Fortunately I got a great installation guide written by OttawaDave on the Hobie forums. I thought it might be useful to post the Hobie Getaway spinnaker instructions here.

Hobie Getaway Spinnaker Install Instructions

To install this kit I recommend getting a very good pop rivet gun. The stainless steel rivets are much more difficult to pop then the aluminum rivets from the hardware store. Get yourself one of these.



It took me about 4 hours to complete the install and I didn't get he spinnaker hound mounted as nicely as I would have liked. Here is what the boat looks like with the spinnaker flying.


Monday, September 19, 2016

Beak Lake 2015

I put this video together from Labor day last year 2015. Bear Lake is my favorite place to sail in Utah. It is big, so you have lots of space and in the afternoons the wind picks up nicely, all of the ski boats run for cover and all of the sail boats go out. The water is blue and the beach is sandy.

For the past few years we have been going to Bear Lake with the Utah Sailing Association. They reserve camping on the 4th of July and Labor day every year at the Group Sites near Rendezvous Beach. The Camping there is awesome, with shaded, grassy tent camping, space for small RV and hot showers.

They normally hold some type of fun race in afternoon. On labor day this year we sailed to Garden City and back, about 17 miles on the water. You do a little tacking to get there, but by 1 or 2 pm the wind shifts and the trip back is a screaming reach.  This year I made the trip back with my wife and older kids. Lake waves where 3 or 4 feet and the wind was gusting 20+ mph. It was an awesome trip. I don't take my little guys out in those conditions, but its lots of fun for me and my teenage son.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Places to Sail Across the Country

I found this great map posted on the Hobie Forums while looking for a place to launch my boat near Long Beach California.

https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=1IQdKKT-NlypedhIQ77jFXwxKOoo

Perhaps someone will find it useful, I did.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Hobie Adventure Island

Well we sold the Open Bic, and replaced it with the Hobie Adventure Island.  The Open Bic was just to small and our kids are getting bigger so we decided to get them the Adventure Island Tandem. Unfortunately we may not be able to keep it either as our HOA is throwing a fit about us having two trailers.

The AI is a fun little boat. It can fit 4 kids as you can see and is easy for them to handle. The sail rolls up making it easy to leave on the beach on an overnight camp out. Set up only takes 5 min, significantly faster to set up than the Hobie Getaway, which takes me 20 min when I'm feeling ambitious. It is too big to car top easily so it requires a second trailer for us to take both boats to the lake. I was hoping to remedy this by building a custom trailer that holds both boats. We will see.

The biggest trick for them is getting the peddles in an out. The DVD that came with the boat said you can leave the mirage dives in when you beach the boat, but we found that was very likely to damage the drives.  So we have the kids pop out the drive when approaching the shore. With a little practice they could install the drives and remove them with no problem.

As far as performance goes the AI is a fun boat. It lacks the speed of the Getaway, On the other hand it is still usable when the wind is dead. It also makes a great fishing platform.


Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Custom Tarp New for Hobie Getaway

 Just wanted to quickly give an update to the post I added in September of 2013.  The tarp lasted through two winters and was tightly fitted until the end.

I had some tarp covering the wing seats, but despite all I could do the wind would blow them off. I resorted to coating them and the composite mast tip with UV spray.

The last big wind storm in Cedar Hills finally destroyed what was left of my "custom tarp". I figured this tarp lasted very well considering the heavy wind that we have.

Here are some pictures my new tarp. I created it using a similar method, but his time I was able to find a tarp that was slightly smaller and made for less cutting. It is important that the tarp wrap all the way down the sides of the hulls. If the grommets or bungees can rub on the hulls they will damage the hulls.

I also added more grommets so the tarp fit even and tight.
I also tried a new technique for preventing the cut edges from fraying. I used a propane torch to quickly melt any cut edges.


Thursday, June 12, 2014

Open Bic Sailing on Yuba Lake Utah

I picked up this fun little sail boat called an Open Bic for my kids. Over all I'm really happy with it. It is easy for kids to sail and most importantly it is easy for them to right.  It doesn't hold much weight and is a little crowded for big guys like me. It's just right for my 12, 10 and 7 year old.