Ha! Hobie could double my salary and it still wouldn't cost them a dime. I went to the Hobie factory with a problem on my first Hobie Mirage (subsequently renamed "Classic") in 2000 and was very impressed with the way they handled the situation. That's how it got started.
I like their products and love their innovation -- have tried and/or had other pedaling and paddling craft and nothing else has come close (for me). I get more fun and exercise that would otherwise never happen if not for their kayaks, and feel very grateful. Best of all, since I don't work for Hobie, I can't get in trouble for stating my own opinion!
I have greatly benefited by the very helpful and innovative time and talent that many have shared on this forum, and am happy to repay their generosity whenever possible.
How far you screw in the cam
bolt determines the height of the cam
. You want to set this height so the cam
rotates about 90 to 180 degrees when securing the Drive hand tight. This allows for expansion (or contraction) due to heat or wear -- you don't ever want the cam
to spin all the way around with the Drive on.
For my Adventure, this amounts to no more than 1/8 inch vertical play of the cam
when empty. You don't want it so tight that it binds on its seat. Each boat can be a little different so it is best to set your final cam
height with the Drive at hand so you can double check your settings on the spot. (If you need to epoxy
as above, use a slow set so you have plenty of time to make the adjustment).