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PostPosted: Mon Aug 14, 2017 7:49 pm 
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We have owned a seaeagle PaddleSki inflatable for about ten years and used it a lot on lakes, rivers and the ocean. We have never had to patch it or replace anything on the boat. We even used it in 18 degree weather on a river at Christmas.

We also have a 2016 Hobie Outfitter-tandem that we really like. However, a recent RV purchase prevents us from being able to haul the Hobie when hauling the RV. We are considering selling the Outfitter for the i14t.

Several reviews state that the Hobie inflatables have items fall off that have to be put back on (not sure how) and they require patches often.

How likely would it be to get seven to ten years out of the i14t without any repairs? Also, the hand pump is arduous, can a foot pump be used to inflate the i14t?

PostPosted: Tue Aug 15, 2017 10:13 am 
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The length of time you'll get out of a Hobie inflatable kayak totally depends on how you treat it and how you store it. Kind of hard to put a number on it, but it should last you quite some time if you don't store it inflated and you're careful to not drag the kayak or run it into obstacles, etc. :-) I'm sure others will chime in on the longevity of their inflatables.

Howie Strech
Associate Product Manager - Fishing Accessories
Hobie Cat USA

PostPosted: Wed Aug 16, 2017 4:36 pm 
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Lorisnas wrote:
Also, the hand pump is arduous, can a foot pump be used to inflate the i14t?

The Hobie pump makes one of your arms the resistance rather than the ground. For the large i14t, I might go with a conventional T handled piston pump with foot tabs. Some pump even on the pull stroke, which you may want to turn off for less back effort. It lets you use more muscles than just one leg on a footpump, so is fast and easy. An inline gauge is very possible and a great convenience, even over a separate gauge.

My Seaeagle footpump had a limiter to resist going over something like 3.7 psi. The Hobie target is 3-5 psi. I hadn't read about the limiter, so put my full weight on it until the diaphram distorted and blew out. Beware of electric turbine pumps which all only go to about 2 psi max, where you are supposed to laboriously switch to manual or an electric piston pump. A plain electric piston pump may suffice but be slow... I made a summary thread of folks findings about a page lower in this section.

Whatever non Hobie pump you get, you may easily have a mating problem. Supposedly Hobie has HR short valves, but you may not get any pump nozzle to work without leakage (HR or HR long) unless you do some cutting or gasket buildup. Same goes for inline guages at the other end of the hose - assume everything is subject to mismatch. I have almost a dozen slightly mismatching pumps.

My many inflatables have never needed a patch. My Hobie seems higher quality than my Seaeagle, but Hobie pushed the limits more in fancy features, so maybe some gluepad will peel off over the years and have to be reglued. I only saw one critical review of i14t (they carried it on a yacht) and I debunked their arguments as illogical somewhere in this forum that I can't find again. Some sources say the valves and seams are what fail first - patches needed only for abuse. Valves supposedly are screw-in replaceable but my Airhead cheapo had them frozen up.

My Hobie i12s... sailboat in a suitcase!

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