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PostPosted: Fri Aug 05, 2016 5:20 pm 
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I would also like to say, Kudos to Hobie for being so open about the problems with the inflatable kayaks. When I bought it, I knew i was participating in a design experiment, and was happy to do so. I Caught so many fish, saw so many sunsets, explored so many estuaries. A really great boat. But had i known about that seam, i never would have bought that boat, and cheated myself out of a lot of great fishing. love you Hobie, your like a bad hot girlfriend i can not trust. I miss you. cheers, Brian


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 06, 2016 6:26 am 
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Brianc wrote:
I would also like to say, Kudos to Hobie for being so open about the problems with the inflatable kayaks. When I bought it, I knew i was participating in a design experiment, and was happy to do so. I Caught so many fish, saw so many sunsets, explored so many estuaries. A really great boat. But had i known about that seam, i never would have bought that boat, and cheated myself out of a lot of great fishing. love you Hobie, your like a bad hot girlfriend i can not trust. I miss you. cheers, Brian


assuming your drive is still fine, maybe Hobie can make you a deal on a new hull and seat..they have clearly made serious improvements in these inflatable boats :D

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 08, 2016 6:00 pm 
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I think our 2008 i14T is dead. I was excited to have this Hobie i14T tandem kayak given to us last month by my father in law. We thought it would be perfect for the RV! When we unpacked it there was a small leak in the center and starboard tubes. We did get on the water once for ~20mins before we had to turn back due to the leaks.

Now it is literally falling apart at the seems. Not one of the 3 air tubes are holding air now (not very inflatable...) and the bow section has completely come apart (older model with the front hatch). I thought I'd only have to glue back on all of the attachments and patch the leaks (I did), but over the last month everytime I inflate it, another leak shows up. Its worse now, 3-4 inches of seams are opening up.

We contacted Hobie but since we didn't have the receipt from 2008 (father in law couldn't find it) they wouldn't help (would have only helped alittle anyway I bet, probably like 10% off a new hull). At least ACK (Austin Canoe and Kayak) said they would help recycle the hull... what a waste.


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 04, 2016 11:57 am 
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The older i12s and i14t with the bow hatch have a weakness in the design. Part of the tube seam is glued rather than welded to the side wall of the bow hatch and will fail over time. When this seam fails, it cannot be repaired. I have also heard from Hobie dealers that the center floor tube the holds up the bow hatch will fail over time too, but I did not personally encounter this. The Hobie i12s and i14t both make nice fishing boats, but get the 2015 or later models that have the forward bungee area rather than the bow hatch. The bow hatch was a nice idea for fishing because it made a great place to put both the transducer and the battery for a fish finder, but it also was a design weakness that would eventually lead to the end of the boat.


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 16, 2016 3:31 pm 
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let's face it, heat and sun are the enemy of PVC and glue, it's a tradeoff. The convenience of a fold and stow boat will be traded off by lack of longevity. My 2011 requires constant maintenance, all glued fittings are popping off and many seams are failing. I think storing it inflated in a cool environment out of the sun is the best solution but difficult to do. I like mine for the convenience of having in an RV while traveling, folded up in the basement ready to explore wherever I go. If you buy this kayak, be ready to maintain it, like any pvc craft, it will require it! That said, I knew this going in, and still really like it!


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 20, 2016 8:42 am 
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Mine is stored in a cool basement, slightly inflated. Also applying UV protectant once a month or so. Is there anything else I should be doing to maintain the boat?

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let's face it, heat and sun are the enemy of PVC and glue, it's a tradeoff. The convenience of a fold and stow boat will be traded off by lack of longevity. My 2011 requires constant maintenance, all glued fittings are popping off and many seams are failing. I think storing it inflated in a cool environment out of the sun is the best solution but difficult to do. I like mine for the convenience of having in an RV while traveling, folded up in the basement ready to explore wherever I go. If you buy this kayak, be ready to maintain it, like any pvc craft, it will require it! That said, I knew this going in, and still really like it!


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 20, 2016 2:30 pm 
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I can't think of anything else, good luck with it!


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PostPosted: Sat Dec 24, 2016 1:37 pm 
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arrgg! took my 4 year old inflatable out today and it blew an internal seam. This is the second time an internal seam let go. I'll post up pics of the repair process in my other thread. Inflatable is wearing me thin.......


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PostPosted: Sat Dec 24, 2016 8:02 pm 
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We have a Starboard WindSUP which turned 4 years old this summer and blew out the mast step area. It was in the water, but fortunately tied dockside in shallow water, and we were present when it happened. Very glad it didn't happen several miles out on the lake. It seems like 4 years is about the life span of the adhesives used on these inflatables, and the problem doesn't seem unique to Hobie.


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PostPosted: Sun Dec 25, 2016 8:13 am 
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catskyer wrote:
Very glad it didn't happen several miles out on the lake.

I was thinking the same thing! Mine released it's air very quickly but fortunately it was only into the bilge cavity which will hold low pressure air for emergency return to land.


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 26, 2016 12:42 pm 
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catskyer wrote:
It seems like 4 years is about the life span of the adhesives used on these inflatables, and the problem doesn't seem unique to Hobie.


Do I nooo want to hear that! :(


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 10, 2017 11:11 am 
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Hello everyone, I am considering an inflatable, mostly due to ease of transport, and was wondering if Hobie has made improvements to the 2017 models? After reading some of your posts in this thread, I'm second guessing the inflatable choice.

Thanks,

Steve

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 10, 2017 4:47 pm 
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SSgt93 wrote:
After reading some of your posts in this thread, I'm second guessing the inflatable choice.

My i12s has had no problems over 2 years (year round; I am about to use it in half an hour). That is except early on my mirage drive enlarged it's shaft anchor points, probably from my sprint experiments pedaling absurdly hard. To prevent the drive from popping out I just glue in spacers to close the gap.

I have 9 inflatable watercraft (one more on the way), and no trouble with any except for a valve on a cheapo Airhead model. Some say valves are the most typical fail point for an inflatable but you can normally screw in a new valve (couldn't for the Airhead).

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 10, 2017 5:02 pm 
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daft wrote:
SSgt93 wrote:
After reading some of your posts in this thread, I'm second guessing the inflatable choice.

My i12s has had no problems over 2 years (year round; I am about to use it in half an hour). That is except early on my mirage drive enlarged it's shaft anchor points, probably from my sprint experiments pedaling absurdly hard. To prevent the drive from popping out I just glue in spacers to close the gap.

I have 9 inflatable watercraft (one more on the way), and no trouble with any except for a valve on a cheapo Airhead model. Some say valves are the most typical fail point for an inflatable but you can normally screw in a new valve (couldn't for the Airhead).


Thank you for the response Daft. I'm very interested as the whole roof rack and weight ordeal doesn't sound appealing. I had a total shoulder replacement a few years ago so my strength is limited. I think this is the way to go.

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