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 Post subject: 360 steering jammed
PostPosted: Sun Dec 06, 2020 6:01 pm 
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Hi. I’ve had my 360 on the water at least every weekend since release (got the first batch into Australia). My drive imploded recently, with what I believe was a cable breakage inside the mechanism. Hobie handled that perfectly, with a replacement drive being sent to my dealer, who is sensational at after-sales service. On the weekend, the 360 steering locked. Unfortunately, it locked in reverse and pedaling resulted in me doing circles (backwards). It broke in the worst possible spot with high winds, strong tide and nowhere I could get to the bank to rectify it. Once I did, with some effort I turned the drive far enough to remove it, cable tie the drive straight and started my return trip. After a while the cable tie snapped and I went through the process again. It was roughly four hours of paddling the PA14 into wind and tide. While I am sure my dealer can resolve it, my concern is more about on-water repairs. in this instance, I’m not sure if the bely broke, or if something managed to float into the mechanism to jam it. I cannot see anything, but that does not preclude a stray piece of junk or fishing line having wrapped itself around the mechanism. Is there any means of accessing this on the water? Just getting inside the hull to adjust the tension on the belt (tried that a couple of times) is not simple. Can the drive end of the 360 steering be accessed to check for foreign objects?
This was the first trip with the replacement drive and it was otherwise fine. Prior to the issue, my steering was perfect and the clutch required no adjustment. I know a fix will occur, but some tips on “on water” repair, if possible, would be great for anyone who gets caught in the same situation. I know that removing the drive and cable-tying it is a temporay fix, although removing the drive is not easy even when you can get them ashore. Doing it on the water would be near impossible.


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 Post subject: Re: 360 steering jammed
PostPosted: Tue Dec 15, 2020 2:03 am 
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No responses, but the culprit has been discovered. My dealer is busy with the Christmas rush, so I removed the mechanism myself. The belt has snapped and jammed the steering mechanism under the handle. Looks like it's out of action until my dealer can get parts, so hopefully have the components available in Australia. This is my second major failure, so hopefully it is the last issue for a while.


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 Post subject: Re: 360 steering jammed
PostPosted: Sat Dec 19, 2020 4:33 pm 
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I too experienced this today in my 360. 2nd time out on the water, the steering handle feels jammed. I haven't tried to force force the handle, but it's stuck and will not move any direction I turn it. Luckily it was in the straight position. I'll be making a trip to the Hobie Dealer to hopefully get this resolved.

I agree that the tube adjustment on the water is very hard to do. Be nice if it was coated in a small section with some kind of grip tape or something.


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 Post subject: Re: 360 steering jammed
PostPosted: Wed Jan 13, 2021 2:45 pm 
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Yet another reason for needing a forward position lock on this drive system.


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