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posted 10-22-2007 07:57 PM ET (US)
They are Whaler type boats, so, how about some feedback or experiences? I just got one.
posted 10-22-2007 09:16 PM ET (US)
Oh man, I always wanted one of them. I remember when they introduced them, the ads showed one of them punching thru the surf, as if it were launched from the beach.
You have to let us, or me anyway, know how it performs. How much was it, ballpark?
The more I own a big boat, the more I enjoy my little ones.
posted 10-22-2007 09:20 PM ET (US)
They are pretty cool boats. I believe hey were first marketed with jet engines like the Rage. They handle much better than Rages though. I remember early ads showing Hobie Alter using one to play in the surf like the PWC guys do now. Wagner Power Boats here in Bradenton bought the molds in the 90's and changed(or made new)the interior mold and turned them into a very capable mini flats boat. They still produce the model I believe. They even had the original center console mold. I always thought they were very functional boats.
posted 10-22-2007 09:24 PM ET (US)
Very cool Steven. I remember when they came out. (mid 80's?) I always thought that was a cool little boat. Please tell us more.
posted 10-22-2007 09:57 PM ET (US)
Well, with winter coming, I may consider selling it before I even get to use it. I have too many boats and project boats right now (see my other Photobucket albums). I'd consider selling it in the $4500. range. That's one of those Yamaha/Mariner motors on it.
posted 10-23-2007 12:02 AM ET (US)
My friend had one with a 70hp on it....SICK!!!!!
posted 10-23-2007 12:59 AM ET (US)
They are highly regarded little ocean going skiffs. Ask member Jeff C. about them... I would bet he's lurking in on this thread... A great project boat to make into anything you want it to be. The 15 foot TRIUMPH seems to have inspiration from this skiff, with the unsinkable feature added.
posted 10-23-2007 06:06 AM ET (US)
I had one for several years. They are a BLAST!!! Mine was sandwhich core construction. VERY durable, the hull did not flex no matter how hard I ran it. Honestly, I cannot tell you how many times I launched it off waves, completely airborn with the engine screaming.... Makes me feel good just thinking about it. Also, it has very large scuppers onboard, any water that washes on, washes off. The sales brochure shows them lifting the boat and engine in the air with just a rope tied to the bow rail. I still have the brochure I think if someone is really interested.
Why did I sell?? It was a little small for me and I wanted a Montauk. So I sold to a friend who still has it and LOVES it.
Enjoy your project - it is worth fixing up.
posted 10-23-2007 08:13 AM ET (US)
From what I've read, they are well made boats, a Potter design...there are noted in an article, http://www.sportfishingmag.com/article_print.jsp?ID=21436
I've always liked the lines of those boats...
posted 10-23-2007 10:20 AM ET (US)
There's serious info on this page, just scroll down for brochures and articles:
posted 10-23-2007 11:03 AM ET (US)
Neat boats. There used to be a small fleet of these running around on Pleasant Bay (Cape Cod) and I always thought they were sharp looking little skiffs. I have wondered if the early Dauntless 13 and 14 models were designed to compete with these. I am surprised that the Hobie skiff didn't really take off, perhaps it had something to do with a dealer network that was based largely on beach catamarans.
posted 10-23-2007 01:09 PM ET (US)
Hobie got into the powerboats pretty good for a while, they were not cheap though and may be the reason of their demise.
posted 10-24-2007 10:17 PM ET (US)
I've got four friends who have bought Hobie P-skiffs in the last 3 years. To a one, they're all exceedingly happy with the boats. Two of the guys have heavily modified theirs, and the other two have left theirs bone stock. Well made boats, they go through the water great but are a little tippier side to side at anchor than my 15' Whaler. Phil Edwards (of 'back in the day' surfing fame) was the designer (he also did the beach cats) and if you've ever seen photos of his 30'+ 'Neato' that Dennis Choate built for him in Long Beach, it's basically a larger, blown up version of the original Hobie 15.
One of the guys has a beautiful Yamaha 'High Thrust' 50 on his, and at speed, I can't keep up with it, so I think Phil got something right.
You should have a blast with yours. The boatbuilder that basically took the stock boats apart to re-configure them commented quite favorably on the quality of the stock boat, so I think they're well built. In the end, I think their demise had more to do with marketing than the actual boat. There are some other boats out there, 'Caliboogies' (I know, I know...) that appear to be nearly identical, so the molds may have been sold on down the line.
posted 10-24-2007 11:51 PM ET (US)
Skiff, how serediptous you responded! I just did a search on your BW skiff mod, after seeing a picture of a modified Hobie skiff after leaving Anderson's shop in Goleta. I remembered that your boat was done by the same. I have never forgotten your boat, and the modified P-skiff looks pretty awesome too.
Any pix you can provide would be great!
posted 10-25-2007 01:38 AM ET (US)
I have an old Hobie Cat sailing manual, and in it is a photo of Phil Edwards sailing a Hobie 16 down the face of a big wave at Sunset. I think Hobie Alter was with him, but don't quote me on that part. Suffice it to say, that guy knows his way around a boat.
The Surfer's Journal did a feature on Edwards a few years ago, and had several shots of 'Neato'. I recall that it had a lot of resemblance to a classic Whaler, including a similar reverse chine. Perhaps he took the Hobie Skiff and merged it with a classic Whaler.
There is a Caliboogie at my dock. It does look similar to the Hobie Skiff, but has junky looking construction.
posted 10-25-2007 03:02 PM ET (US)
Wagner makes a dead ringer to a powerskiff but I doubt half the quality.
posted 11-04-2007 08:20 AM ET (US)
I just bought one of these yesterday for an incredible price. A 15 with a good trailer and a 28 Johnson. The engine runs, but the steering needed work, so the pice I paid was what I thought the hull was worth. Can't live without a project boat and my 25 outrage is running too well to change anything....
posted 11-04-2007 09:07 AM ET (US)
Recall an old article on west coast and Hawaii sport fisherman who specialized in small boat offshore tuna fishing, the two boats of choice we're Montauks and Hobie Skiffs.
posted 11-05-2007 07:01 PM ET (US)
I owned(purchased new)a 1989 15 Hobie with a 70Merc. The boat looked great, handled well and was a lot of fun....However, there is a reason Hobie Powerboats are no longer manufactured! The transom did not hold up on my boat and developed severe stress cracks (this boat was well maintained and not neglected or abused) which required serious reinforcement on the transom & deck. To make matters worse, Hobie did not honor the warranty and turned their heads the other way! This was a very costly repair and taught me a very valuable lesson; do not buy a "me too" brand, purchase the real mccoy! We always owned a Whaler and decided to try something new....never again!The honeycome core construction was a great idea, but not very effective for this application.
posted 11-08-2007 12:57 PM ET (US)
Spent some time in the early nineties running around in a Hoby Skiff. 'Skiff' said it best about the tendency to be a bit more unstable at anchor. It also had a tendency to broach down swell. But, it held up well and took a lot of abuse.
posted 01-20-2008 12:47 PM ET (US)
The bow rail on my 15' HOBIE POWER SKIFF is damaged beyond repair. [Seeks repair advice.]
posted 01-20-2008 08:10 PM ET (US)
Since I live in California, I see these Hobie Power Skiffs pretty often... I know several guys who have had them, and all have been exceedingly pleased with their performance. A few of the guys have made minor modifications to 'personalize' 'em, and two of my buddies went whole hogg and really re-configured them into something special-
What they both were basically after was creating a kind of weatherproof pocket rocket, something that took them out of the wind, spray, and sun, and offered them the kind of weather protection that all of us 'open boat' owners sometimes crave...
Both guys ended up re-powering the boats, one going with a brand new, 'internet' Yamaha 70 two stroke; the other with a four stroke Yammie 50 'high thrust'. Both have been fantastic powerplants, and I can't keep up with them with my 15 Whaler with it's older Yamaha 70 2s; they just pull right away from me.
The Hobie was and is a great stock boat, and for these two guys, it was the perfect platform for taking their idea of a 'perfect skiff' to the next creative level-
posted 02-17-2008 05:24 PM ET (US)
[Posted notice of FOR-SALE.]
posted 04-30-2009 09:36 PM ET (US)
[Posted notice of FOR-SALE.]
posted 06-25-2009 08:54 PM ET (US)
[Posted notice of WANTED-TO-BUY.]
posted 06-26-2009 08:48 AM ET (US)
I had a mid-80s 15' Power Skiff with a 48hp Evinrude. Excellent boat for its size and took the water very well. The console and seat were a little unusual as the seat was integrated into the console and you basically had to climb in.
I remember going to the Ft. Lauderdale boat show as Hobie was introducing the line and they had a crane with a Power Skiff suspended with a single strap wrapped around the bow rail holding the boat about 20 feet off the ground. After I saw that I thought that's one tough boat and I should buy one. I did.
posted 06-26-2009 12:52 PM ET (US)
I bought a Hobie brand new in '87. They moved the manufacturing around; mine was made in FL, so I was able to custom order the colors. I start out with a 3 cyl Johnson with T&T. It was fast, but way too stern heavy. It really upset the balance of the boat. After a couple seasons, I went to a 40 hp Mariner that was about 100 lbs lighter. The boat was almost as fast, and much better balanced, especially when airborne. It was a great little boat.
posted 07-09-2009 10:44 PM ET (US)
For anyone interested, I've just listed a 1985 Hobie Power Skiff for sale on Seattle's Craigs List with 1985 Mariner 75, 2001 EZ-Loader trailer for $4800. The Hobie has a custom mahogany dash with two storage compartments (one lockable), dual battery switch, everything rewired, and lots of new and add ons. See my ad for more info and pics. Thanks, Ron
posted 09-01-2010 05:24 AM ET (US)
There seems to be alot of interest in the Hobie 15' Fisherman/sportsman. If you can find a late model '89/90. Must be clean!
- I would prefer a s/s bimini
- 70hp +
I know there is a nice one out there....
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