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PostPosted: Wed Jun 05, 2019 9:40 am 
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My stern seat tiller handle seemed to be too flexible and wobbly so I removed the handle, pulled out the pin through the rod (axle) that came up through the hull and found that the piece of poly that is molded to a hex nut just below the deck had broken off. Having read that no kind of plastic glue seems to hold I am wondering if there is a repair kit that can be used to create a reinforced sleeve for the axle that is attached to the rudder line below deck that would allow the reattachment to the handle above deck with a washer and lock nut below and above the deck. SS washers should be available for this. As it is now I am stuck with no tiller from the stern seat.

Now I have been to two hardware stores, an auto parts store and Home Depot to look for through hull fittings I might use to solve the problem. I was hoping I might hear from someone at Hobie who could give me some guidance. I am also hoping that this experience might instigate a design change to the hull or deck mold that strengthens this tiller handle mount.
I will try to install some of the fittings I purchased this morning to create a makeshift through-deck support for the handle.
I have studied the on line manual and am surprised to find no mention of this handle anywhere!
Luckily there is a second handle for the bow seat still operational but I prefer to sit in the stern.
June 9:
I seem to have successfully solved my problem with a 3/8” brass nipple, two stainless fender washers, a neoprene washer drilled out to the diameter of the nipple, a short piece of 1/2” plastic tubing inside the brass nipple drilled out to the diameter of the axle, a brass coupling hacksawed in half to make two 1/4” thick nuts foe above and below the washers. A socket wrench was needed to hold the nut under the deck. I have a picture of the assembly but am unable to add it here.
I have now sailed with it and it is supporting the tiller very well.

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