1/3 scale Hobie 18 (2m) - need advice
I have an old 1/3 scale Hobie 18 I bought from Ebay years ago. It is about 2 meters long. It appears to have been a kit built model. It has molded glass hulls, which are very heavy. They are sealed shut. I assume that the builder put ballast in them to keep it stable. The sail winch and rudder are poorly designed, using stock servos with a home made spool attached for the sheets, and the whole RC unit put inside a tupperwaare tub under the tramp.
I know nothing else about this catamaran. I am considering installing a top hatch in one hall, and installing a modern winch in it. I would put a similar hatch it the other hull, and put a modern rudder servo in it, with a pushrod directly to one of the rudders. The second rudder is connected to the first by an external rod like all beach cats. I am not sure about the existing weight in the hulls, or even if I can access this presumed removable weight from these potential hatches. Do I want this extra ballast? Has anyone ever heard of an old kit like this?
Is this project even worth persuing? Any insight would be greatly appreciated.