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PostPosted: Mon Nov 18, 2013 12:12 am 
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I am avid fly angler who enjoys fly fishing from Hobie mirage kayaks. I live in Portland. I recently purchased a used (2009 model) sage i14t. It seems it was rarely used but moved around a lot and I have found two small leaks - one near the Hobie logo on the port side which looks like something gouged the material, and the other (very small) on the starboard side near where the black bottom vinyl meets the sage green.

A couple questions:

I have been unable to find a patch kit that matches the kayak color? Can someone help or provide some suggestions on the best options?
The starboard leak seems the most problematic since the leak is likely in the main tube somewhere below the black vinyl. Has anyone had experience with this type of leak?
I understand the front hatch compartment has broken on several of these boats which I believe is why the new model doesn't have the hatch. Can someone provide me some details on this or if this is true?

Thanks for any help.


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 18, 2013 11:33 am 
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Suggest seeing your nearest Hobie dealer in Portland as they should be able to help with a repair kit and or possibly Hobie might still warranty some of the "air leaks".
Nothing ventured, nothing gained!

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 21, 2013 11:33 pm 
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Next Adventure, my local Hobie dealer, ordered the repair kit. And, Hobie responded back on the hatch item. Hope to post more after I fix the leaks.


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 12, 2013 8:49 pm 
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I applied three small patches and after four days, the boat is still inflated and show only the slightest decline in air pressure. My next step is to glue on an older Scotty accessory mount. My hope is to extend the steering mechanism so I can operate the boat from the front seat.


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