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 Post subject: Aka Shear Pin Failure
PostPosted: Sun Nov 15, 2020 8:01 am 
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Happy to still be sailing my 2016 AI, but I have suffered a number of shear bolt failures in the last year or so, all on the starboard side (may be coincidence). I never encountered this with my 2011 AI in 5 years use.
The pins I have used are genuine hobie parts, but sometimes only last one or two outings. I have seen various posts, tried the plastic inserts (nice idea, but still sheared the pin in a decent breeze...) and not keen on the s/s bolt idea.
My spray skirts fortunately stop the aka folding in, so no capsize drama...but it feels like there must be a reason / better solution?
Does anyone have any more suggestions?


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 15, 2020 4:46 pm 
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If they all occur on the same side you may wish to check the fastener opening to ensure that there are no sharp edges of mis-matched holes that might be subjecting that fastener to undue wear or stress.


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 16, 2020 10:54 am 
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May be the side you land on the beach?

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 23, 2020 6:14 am 
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Hi, many thanks for the replies.

It's not the beach one as I anchor and then take the boat out on its trailer, which has the proper cradles...and I re-checked the fastener openings and they look even and clear (plus I have sleeved one of them as a previous post).

At a loss still...


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 12, 2021 11:25 am 
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where do i get a bunch of the aka pins (mine are threaded)
i had 2 shear yesterday
also a harken clamp for aka
also, is there a way to make the rudder control lever stronger and longer, more leverage, a puff of breeze caused me to veer right because i could not push the rudder left
thnx for any replies


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 12, 2021 12:26 pm 
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Contact a dealer for the shear bolts.

8032081 SHEAR BOLT (DRILLED)
8052081 NUT
20860000 RING

https://www.hobie.com/parts-and-accesso ... 5D=8032081

Be sure the rudder is held down hard by the down control line. Will be harder to control if single-handed in the front seat. You could add a hiking stick?

72020063 HIKING STICK - AI/TI

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