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Old 01-05-2019, 01:17 PM   #1
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Hornbeck Sable kayak

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I restore kayaks, it's become more of a hobby/passion than side job. In the years doing so I have owned well over a hundred boats. I now only pick up exotic or rare models. Recently I obtained a kayak in the Adirondack area. With the exception of a single post on this forum it is a ghost. The boat is a Hornbeck Sable 18'6" carbon fiber/Kevlar. Hornbeck took a shot at the kayak market in about 2005 from what I've found. I was wondering if anyone ever even came across one of these before.

As for the one I got, It's getting a lot of work incl. an outer hull to deck seam to replace the tape, a new custom carbon/fiberglass seat, rear cockpit bulkhead, new hatches, rudder and foot controls.
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Old 01-05-2019, 03:07 PM   #2
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I believe I saw that boat at Pete's when I bought my Hornbeck canoe in that same year. Not being a kayaker, I had no other than passing interest in Pete's new projects at the time. He tried many new design projects in that time period.
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Old 01-05-2019, 05:20 PM   #3
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I think that they realized kayak building is much more work than canoe building, making canoes a much better business choice. Canoes are also better in my opinion for the adk geography. I would not be surprised if they kept the hull mold to make their 18'21" wide canoes?
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Old 01-06-2019, 11:57 AM   #4
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I remember seeing a kayak in his shop over a decade ago, but I think it was a shorter model.
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Old 01-06-2019, 01:14 PM   #5
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There is a Hornbeck kayak on Cranberry out of Wanakena.
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Old 01-06-2019, 02:02 PM   #6
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shorter model

That is a 16.6' Solar.
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Old 01-09-2019, 11:03 PM   #7
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A friend here in the Buffalo area has one (a Hornbeck CF sea kayak). To save weight, he ordered it without hatches or bulkheads, but added float bags when I told him it would sink like the Titanic if it capsized.
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Old 01-10-2019, 04:18 PM   #8
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18' model?

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A friend here in the Buffalo area has one (a Hornbeck CF sea kayak). To save weight, he ordered it without hatches or bulkheads, but added float bags when I told him it would sink like the Titanic if it capsized.
Do you think you could ask your friend to take a couple pictures of his Hornbeck and post them here?
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