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PostPosted: Fri Mar 22, 2013 9:18 pm 
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Hi there,

I'm just wondering if Hobie have any news on the 'guards' that were mentioned (I can't find the original thread) as a retro-fit item for 2011+ A.I. (and I guess any of the other 2011-onwards Mirage models).

I'm getting a bit tired of having to stuff chunks of pool-noodle along the top-edge of the handle recess to stop myself being dowsed with cold water every time I get over 6km/h.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 22, 2013 9:34 pm 
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Is this what you were looking for Mike ?

viewtopic.php?f=69&t=35258&p=143501&hilit=splash+guard#p143501

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 22, 2013 9:56 pm 
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Or maybe this?

http://www.hobiecat.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=71&t=44612


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 25, 2013 3:35 pm 
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Still waiting. Original vendor is slow... new vendor can't yet find the correct UV stable foam material.

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 25, 2013 9:31 pm 
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Thanks Matt
I need to monitor this thread for availability

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 26, 2013 1:36 pm 
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A tennis ball works


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 26, 2013 2:21 pm 
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davew wrote:
A tennis ball works

I've been using a strip of duct tape ever since I upgraded my 2009 model to 2011.

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 26, 2013 4:13 pm 
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I carved a couple of plug of pool-noodle, which are doing the job, but something permanent would be better.

If there's the slightest gap, water will spray through.

I still curse (daily!) the designer of those handles. The older moulded-in ones were far better - not just the water-ingress issue. When carrying the hull on its side, the older handles were perfect - one hand in the carry-handle and one under the mesh pocket, made shifting the yak much easier. The new handle means it's slightly trickier to lift the yak comfortably, with a straight back and extended arms.

Also, on the water, the older handles were far more convenient to grip if it got lumpy and you needed something to hang onto.

Cheers,

Mike.


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 26, 2013 6:11 pm 
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I can recommend Slaughter's insulation foam fix he posted above.
It works well. 8)


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 26, 2013 7:31 pm 
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mmiller wrote:

Still waiting. Original vendor is slow... new vendor can't yet find the correct UV stable foam material.


Great that you are onto some good ideas for simple improvements.

I have ended up making my own splash guards just at the rear of the handle. But looking at your prototype in the photo, it looks a lot neater, both the fit and the matching look to the handle.

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