Our good friend Erik Shampain sends in this report on his dominating Coastal Cup victory aboard the modified Hobie 33 “Still Crazy.” Erik’s hard work and great steering helped owners Robert Plant and his dad Jon Shampain achieve this great result; Happy Father’s Day, Hippie!
‘Still Crazy’ is a Hobie 33 with a modified deck, cockpit, and interior – modified, but not quite ‘turbo’. 8 years ago we sailed the Coastal Cup to Ventura and had a truly wild ride, with the wind speed topping 40 knots for an extended period, and this is where we learnt the value of the 6A. At dawn that year, we could see daylight between the hull and deck joint.
The boat came out of the water and went to Robbie Roberson’s Spartan Marine yard in Dana Point, where “The Transformation” began, with owners Robert Plant and my father Jon Shampain getting down to business. The end result is a modern look, very pleasing to the eye, with only two major changes; the transom was opened and the interior was reworked to better accommodate our offshore sailing needs. We also made a number of small modifications to modernize the boat; for example, we added fiberglass to the hull/deck joint, created a radius and removed the standard toe rail, fixed pad eyes and track where needed, lowered the stanchions to minimum height (same stanchions in sockets instead of bolted to the deck), changed to a stern mounted outboard and filled in the small well, fixed the keel down, added custom pulpits, and created an all new deck layout and running rigging systems. Notwithstanding all these modifications, the boat is still basically a stock Hobie 33. Same keel, same rudder, same mast, same boom, same spinnaker pole, same sail plan (with Asos), and same weight. We changed to asymmetric spinnakers for most racing, saving the symmetrics for the Ditch Run.