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PostPosted: Mon Sep 11, 2017 8:14 am 
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A groove is not uncommon. The two materials parting line. I would carry spares just in case though. Remember you can pedal on a single fin too.

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 11, 2017 8:37 am 
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mmiller wrote:
A groove is not uncommon. The two materials parting line. I would carry spares just in case though. Remember you can pedal on a single fin too.


Thanks for your answer Matt.

"It's not uncommon" : do you mean it's normal :?:
Having seen the OP picture it looks like the metal rods are going to pass thru the groove soon or am I missing something ?

Sure I can order spares but the kit is very expensive (169€ :shock:) and the kayak has just 4 months :!:
If I have to spend that much each 10 sessions I must say it's a really bad surprise :cry:


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 11, 2017 9:48 am 
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There is a line between the mast material and the fin material... that is normal. We have seen some form a gap and some tear along the line. We are working on a better bonding set of materials. The mast needs to be tough and the fin needs to be flexible.

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 11, 2017 12:39 pm 
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I've had the MD-180 since it first came out and have been pretty hard on the Drive. As you can see below, both fins have a pronounced groove and the leading edge has taken several submerged hits without damage.

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The fins still perform as when new and obviously they don't get babied! I wouldn't worry about your fins. If you do have a fin failure, the Drive is warrantied for 2 years. IMO, you don't need to carry any spares. The V-1 is not really replaceable in the water. Besides, as Matt says, the boat still goes with only one fin! 8)


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 12, 2017 12:05 am 
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Thanks you both!

It's reassuring to know that Hobie is working to fix this issue and that even with an important groove the MD still works as expected.
I will end the season without worrying too much about that.


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