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Hobie Island Sailing Guides

The following articles and videos have been put together by Sunstate Hobie in conjunction with the South East Queensland Hobie Island Club to show you the basics of sailing your Hobie Island. These are some of the easiest boats to sail and a great introduction to the sport of sailing. The local Island club is always available to give you some private lessons if you need them.

IMPORTANT TIP - Furl the sail when the wind increases

More Sail does not always equal more speed. A boat can only go through the water so fast, once the wind increases over 18 knots the Islands will become over powered and actually slow down as the additional force of the wind causes the hulls to dig into the water. Roll the sail up at least one full turn and you will find your Hobie Island will feel easier to sail and will perform better. Excessive amounts of sail area will result in the leeward hull(the hull away from the wind) digging into the water. This will place additional pressure on the sheer pin. The most important point to remember with any sailing boat is to reduce the sail area as the wind gets stronger. With the Islands it is vey simple to pull the sail furling line and roll the sail up.

IMPORTANT TIP - Check your sheer bolts

The Islands have plastic sheer bolts that are designed to give way in the event of a collision to protect other parts of the Island. They connect the bar that holds the AMA out and clip0s to the hull. The sheer bolt is the plastic bolt that connects the bar to the am. It is import to replace these if you have had any impacts with the hulls, no matter how small. There is a spare pair on the boat. If in any doubt, change it.

Everything You Need to Know

Read this document before you go on your first sail.

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Hobie Island Sail Controls

A basic overview of the Hobie Island sail controls.

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How to Tack

How to tack a (change direction upwind) Hobie Island.

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How to Gybe

How to Gybe a (change direction down wind) Hobie Island.

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HOBIE QUICK START GUIDE

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HOW TO SAIL YOUR HOBIE ISLAND FASTER

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HOW TO GUIDE FOR THE NEW SPINNAKER KIT

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