Hobie Island Sail Controls

Hobie Island Sail Controls

Hobie Island Sail Controls are relatively simple when compared to other sailing vessels. On a normal yacht you would have around 5 control lines connected to the mail sail to control it’s shape. A Hobie Island basically has 3 controls, the downhaul, the furler and the mainsheet all of which both are adjustable. We will start with the main sheet which controls the able of the sail and to an extent the shape of the sail, full or flat. It is with the main sheet that we set the angle…

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Hobie Island The Basics of Sailing

Hobie Island The Basics of Sailing

Hobie Island The Basics of Sailing The Hobie Tandem and Adventure Islands are one of the most safest sailing vessels on the water. But as with any other water sport, the more you know the more enjoyment you will get out your Island and the safer you will be. Don’t be put off by thinking you have to learn how to sail to get the most out of your Hobie Adventure or Tandem Island. The following guide is designed to give you all the basic information you need to get…

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Furling the Sail

furling hobie island

Furling the sail on a Hobie Island is a method used to reduce the power being harnessed by the wind. To understand why we furl you need to understand how the power of the wind is transferred to the Island to create forward momentum.  Most of what you are about to read is in relation to sailing upwind. The first point you need to understand is “Hull Speed”, hull speed is the speed a hull can be pushed through the water. This is limited to a certain speed called “maximum…

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