Sunday, June 26, 2011

Rene Potvin completed his Miami to Montreal trip

Rene Potvin has completed his Hobie Adventure Island trip from Miami to Montreal.
Here is a picture of him when he crossed the Chesapeake.

You can check out his travels at

Monday, June 13, 2011

Returning across the Chesapeake

After sailing across the Chesapeake with Rene Potvin, I still had to sail back across to the Lynnhaven Bay. The wind was on the nose and the waves were coming from the side. Half way across I got hit by a thunderstorm with hail and 40 knot winds. This was all done in a boat that I just purchased and had out only for the second time. The Hobie AI behaved well.

Tired Of Sitting in Water

My new Hobie Adventure Island tends to scoop up water through the lifting handles when  healed over. The water collects in the seat well. Also the drain plugs leak. The plug threads are incomplete and the "O"  ring might not seat well.

 I am 6' 2" and the seat back sits low on my back. To solve the drain and support problems I decided to raise the seat. Since there are no plug holes I had to drill through the back of the seat well.

To add some support to the lower back rest I added a polyethelene pad. This might be a little overkill.

  To raise the bottom two 1.5" foam pads under the seat.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Trying Out the New Dogger

I installed a dogger on my Adventure Island. It was raining Sunday, perfect trial run. I also just installed the new Hobie Rudder. I did not follow all the instructions. The new rudder puts the control cables directly under the rear hatch preventing the use of the gear bucket. I used the old rudder guide tubes. This required tying some of the knots under the deck.