Return to Hobie.com
Hobie Forums
It is currently Wed Nov 14, 2018 3:40 pm

All times are UTC - 8 hours [ DST ]




Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 8 posts ] 
Author Message
PostPosted: Tue Nov 06, 2018 7:43 pm 
Offline
Site Rank - Deck Hand

Joined: Thu Jan 22, 2015 3:07 am
Posts: 5
Hi folks - picked up my new Compass (old model) last week and was very happy with how it functioned. I have previously owned Outback, Revo 11 and Sport.

Only snag is on my first trip I found the tie-down straps marked the Compass very badly so much so I have not been able to clean the marks off, even with Hobie cleaner and other stuff I usually use. I travelled on a dusty (red) road for 2x25km on the trip. The straps were not over-tightened as I double-checked them a couple of times. The marks seem embedded in the plastic if that can be believed!? Maybe the plastic on these is softer. Must say the plastic on my Sport (which my wife uses) is much harder to the touch.

I wondered if anyone else has experienced this issue? Any solutions/suggestions? I have been in touch with the dealer and Hobie Australia about it and expressed my concern. Dealer felt I may have to paint it camouflage in future (not very helpful) but said they'd look at it and Hobie HQ still to call back.

Many thanks
Sean

PS: don't see how to attach pics otherwise I would


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Tue Nov 06, 2018 10:19 pm 
Offline
Site Rank - Deck Hand

Joined: Thu Jan 22, 2015 3:07 am
Posts: 5
Since my earlier post I have heard back from Hobie Australia (to whom I sent pics) who were very supportive and positive saying they were sure the marks could be buffed out using a professional buffer but either way they will find a solution for me. I am to drop it back to the dealer for that to be done.

He also assured me that the Compass is made from the same material that the others are made from. I was worried it was softer somehow.

However, the real issue is; is this going to crop up again? I would urge any prospective Compass buyers (who expect to travel on dusty roads) to be very cautious on this issue and get an undertaking from a dealer before buying (that they want to be covered in the event of this sort of thing).


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Wed Nov 07, 2018 6:45 am 
Offline
Site Rank - Old Salt

Joined: Tue Feb 21, 2012 8:41 pm
Posts: 919
Location: Lake Park, GA
I have found that getting some pipe insulation (soft foam similar to a pool noodle) at the hardware store and cutting pieces to put under straps helps to protect and prevent any marring or stains from whatever you are using to strap the kayak down. I use one of those thick black rubber straps with the "S" hooks on each end at the back to secure the Compass to the bed extender. Putting those pieces under the strap keeps the black rubber from leaving marks.

_________________
Steve Stubbs
USAF (retired)

SeaDek Fishing Team
Unfair Lures Pro Staff
Ziptailz Ambassador

2015 Pro Angler 14 - Papaya
2018 Compass - Sea Grass


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Wed Nov 07, 2018 11:37 am 
Offline
Site Rank - Captain

Joined: Fri Dec 15, 2017 10:43 am
Posts: 46
I use 4 pieces of felt for that purpose. I found anytime I used pool noodles they would collapse and the straps would loosen.
Dave


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Wed Nov 07, 2018 11:51 am 
Offline
Site Admin

Joined: Tue May 27, 2003 12:44 pm
Posts: 12533
Location: Oceanside, California
If using straps you can make a twist in the strap to prohibit fibration. That is what would leave a mark.

_________________
Matt Miller
Director of Parts and Accessory Sales
Warranty and Technical Support
Hobie Cat USA


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Wed Nov 07, 2018 5:20 pm 
Offline
Site Rank - Deck Hand

Joined: Thu Jan 22, 2015 3:07 am
Posts: 5
thanks all for helpful suggestions - appreciated. Will definitely take up some of those in future despite never having to do it with other Hobbies in the past.

I think a determining factor for my issues was the red dust. It seems somehow to have become embedded in the plastic.

cheers
Sean


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Thu Nov 08, 2018 10:31 am 
Offline
Hobie Approved Guru

Joined: Sat Nov 12, 2005 10:46 pm
Posts: 2902
Location: Escondido
Once you get it clean, you might consider treating it with Hobie Protectant or 303. The Hobie product is better IMO -- stays on longer. In both cases, you want to keep it out of the cockpit -- very slippery. 8)


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Wed Nov 14, 2018 1:55 pm 
Offline
Site Rank - Deck Hand

Joined: Thu Jan 22, 2015 3:07 am
Posts: 5
thanks Roadrunner, I have the 303 and Hobie products so will give the latter a go first. I am definitely going to get some felt for future trips otherwise will consider tying it down at the nose and rear. I assume those screws on the handles will hold!?


Top
 Profile  
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 8 posts ] 

All times are UTC - 8 hours [ DST ]


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  
© Hobie Cat Company. All rights reserved.
Powered by phpBB® Forum Software © phpBB Group