Elm, perhaps you could post a direct link to the forum containing the complaints about cracking hulls. Second hand reports of what others have said tend to be unconvincing.
There was a similar thread also on AKFF that started around the same but I have been unable to find it, but my observation of it is supported that it did at least exist here;http://www.vyak.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=49&t=4321&p=41415&hilit=Hobie+issues#p41415
and further discussion on the same forum here;http://www.vyak.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=4289
These sorts of topics jump up reasonable often and Hobie are normally straight on to it and rectify the problem, unlike some other brands that have seen. However the problem does seem to arise more often in Hobie models and it is being questioned more and more.
I know this looks like I am bagging Hobie and I want to make it clear, that is not my intention. I am simple pointing out that from where I sit and and from what I often read, there is a growing distrust in the product and as I said above, someone having a (what appeared to be) a manufacturing default that should of been fixed straight away, not 8 months later, it does look poor when this type of thing happens.
But when Hobie develop and support a forum, it's a bit of a double edge sword. Damned if you do, damned if you don't.
I tend to like their approach and think that they go about issues like this in a sensible way.
Agree it is a double edged sword and Hobie & their distributors, from what I see both personally and on public forums etc, do deal with things well, most of the time.
Hope this is just a constructive discussion mate and we buy each other a beer at the end of it !
I'll buy the first.
Never thought it was anything different and hopefully in the future it will be a sail then a beer, well you can have the beers, I am now off it and will have coke instead