"New" Hurricane vs. "Old" Hurricane?

I'm looking at a used Hurricane that is 3 years old. When did the "old" hurricanes stop being made and when were the "new" hurricanes started? What are the differences between the old and the new? What should I look for in a used Hurricane as potential problems? Thanks in advance for any advice and opinions.

Submitted by gorbicsdean on Thu, 12/15/2005 - 3:43pm

I think the new hurricanes are about 3 years old. The hull and ama remained relatively unchanged, but the attachment system was updated. The new system is incredibly tight and quick to assemble. The only problems I heard about the old ones (and thus, the reason for the remodel) was the "push-pin system" of attachment tends to loosen over time, so that several years into ownership the ama does not attach tightly to the hull. It rattles around slightly.

#1 Sun, 12/18/2005 - 10:16am

There were a few other changes besides the Iako assembly including a new style seat that is on a track, and easier to adjust and is more comfortable. New pedals and rudder assembly, Using spectra cord instead of stainless and an inset tiller attachment with an integrated drain plug. New style deck pad with plastic loops, lasts longer than the old nylon loops. The new style boats also came with a custom set of covers for the canoe, iako, and ama.
The most important thing to watch for in the older boats is the Iako's with the pins, These can be easily replaced if they are loose, There are alos many ways to tighten up the rigging as well, The other thing to watch for is boat stiffness. The new boats are rock solid, Older boats did have some issues, The older the boat the more likely it had soft spots. Simple to check for stiffness, just squeeze it like a roll of Charmin.

#2 Sun, 12/18/2005 - 2:49pm

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