Message #585 by: Mark
Posted on: Wednesday 13th of August 2003 at 9:27 pm
Subject: hobie 14 flexing of frame

I have an old hobie 14, with a flexing problem, The cross beams appear to be loose in the corner castings, as the pop rivits that hold them in no longer are tight in the holes. has any one else had this problem?, is it best to re rivet, or replace the rivits with stainless steel self tappers. I dont want to epoxy as I car-top the boat. any suggestions?


Message #587 by: Nick Hardacre  (email: [email protected])
Posted on: Thursday 14th of August 2003 at 5:11 pm
Subject: H14 flexing of frame

If the flexing is just at beam ends into corner castings - re-rivet with monel or stainless rivets. If sloppy it would do no harm to include epoxy - this connection is not undone when you dismantle the boat, corner castings stay on beams! Do not exoxy castings onto the pylons built into the hulls or as you say you'll have a one piece boat! If this connection (castings onto pylons) is sloppy, first try tightening the trampoline lacing as much as possible, makes a surprising improvement. A more difficult problem is electrolytic action between the ss bolt through the pylons which will enlarge the holes allowing the castings to move up and down, you'll often hear a CLUNK just after tacking if you have this problem. If you have this problem I'll tell how I more or less fixed mine.

Good luck - keep that Hi4 going

Nick Hardacre


Message #588 by: Mark
Posted on: Thursday 14th of August 2003 at 6:42 pm
Subject: hobie 14 flexing of frame

exellent advice,many thanks,but what is a monell rivet?