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PostPosted: Wed Dec 15, 2021 1:19 pm 
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I purchased a Mirage Eclipse 8 months ago. It is only in the water when in use on a lake. The board surface has started to break down and has round spots where the surface has started deteriorating. When I reached out to the supplier and they reached out to Hobie they were told it was 'osmonic blistering' and not covered under warranty. They recommended 'sanding bottom and paint with a water barrier paint'. It has been in the water a total of less than 15 hours in 8 months since purchased new.

I don't dry it off every time it is used but it seems that is what Hobie would expect - seems ridiculous for something that operates in the water


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 15, 2021 6:23 pm 
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This spots indicate extended time being wet. Osmotic blistering is common in the marine industry. Bottom paint is required to avoid it on most boats stored in the water unless they have special gelcoat. If left on grass and the grass is wet or left wet in a bag, the same can occur. We warn extensively about this on the product and in manuals. If only on the bottom... that is the issue.

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 16, 2021 5:28 pm 
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Mine was stored on a rack which was uncovered so it would get wet when it rained. We have many Hobie items(Kayak, SUP, Wave) that we very much enjoy. This one just seems too sensitive to water.


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 20, 2021 1:20 pm 
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It is the construction style, painted, that makes it more sensitive. Water must be retained on the bottom side for long periods for this to happen though. Marine bottom paint is the answer going forward.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 27, 2022 1:59 pm 
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What bottom paint would u recommend. The only ones I found are somewhat ablative and they release copper or other compounds into the water. Being on a small lake, trying to avoid releasing anything.


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 27, 2022 4:13 pm 
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Check with a local marina or marine hardware store. I have no information on bottom paints.

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