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PostPosted: Fri Sep 20, 2013 10:14 am 
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Matt and all,

Really bummed to find a leak in the front part of the rear drive well of my Oasis tandem; I need to repair the leak and, from what I can judge, probably reinforce the internal structures as well. Eager to find a solid solution to the leak problem so that I can get back out on the water, thanks,

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 23, 2013 8:49 am 
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Photos?

Plastic welding is always an option.

If within 4-5 years old... file a warranty claim with a dealer.

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 17, 2013 12:38 pm 
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Hello, while I don't believe it is defective drive well engineering, I too have a leak in the front of my rear drive on my tandem. It's a Mirage. I bought it used, so I don't have the history. We used it three times with no issues. Then it began to leak. I believe it is at the very, very front where to two yellow pieces (the yellow oval and the deck) weld together. Two questions:
1. Is the black drive housing supposed to be 'glued' to the yellow top oval?
2. Do you have any recommendations on how I repair this leak in this very tight spot? Should I simply squirt as much glue into the area, replace the black housing before it hardens, and hope for the best?

Here's some images:
The Kayak:
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Gap between yellow oval and black housing. should this be glued?
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The Drive Well with the leak.
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Location of leak between yellow oval and yellow deck
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Location of the leak is at the very front of the opening, but it's hard to access.
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Thank you


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 18, 2013 9:07 am 
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I would take it to a dealer and let them provide help for the repair, or make contact with Hobie for a warrenty issue... Let the pros do their jobs for you. HObie is a great company and stand behind their products and the dealer is the only way to get to Hobie in most cases. Good Luck.


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 18, 2013 9:48 am 
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BrontideRob :
Is it possible that the seam that you are showing is not intended to be water tight???. I know on the rest of Hobies Mirage boats the inside of the boat (passenger area) is not intended to be dry (big hole in the bottom for the mirage drive on the hard hull versions). Your air bladders filled with air are I'm assuming air and water tight, (assuming all your air bladders are intact and working properly).
I don't own an inflatable (but wish I had one), and don't know how they function, but just at a glance from an outside observer, I suspect that joint is not intended to be water tight (I'm probably wrong).
I'm sure Hobie will clarify how it's supposed to work.

Bob


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 23, 2013 11:55 am 
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I don't believe the seal that holds the drive is intended to be air or water tight. I think it is just to hold the drive 'fixed' in place. I just looked at a new one in a store and it is very well attached.

However, the center bladder is intended to be air tight and the loose drive has worn a hole at the front of that area. I'm look to solve both the hole and the drive motion in order to avoid a future leak.


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