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PostPosted: Sat Aug 17, 2013 8:36 am 
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Some of the early production models had a high rate of hull failures due to a manufacturing defect, but this was rectified in later models. Does anyone know what year the problem was fixed. I have a 1992 model H-20


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PostPosted: Sun Aug 18, 2013 9:11 pm 
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I think it's 93/94?? Pretty sure '92 is in the danger zone.


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PostPosted: Sun Aug 18, 2013 9:51 pm 
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What was the reason for the failures and what did Hobie do to fix the problem?


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 19, 2013 2:50 am 
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Defects with the finishing process at the deck/hull joint. Basically they sanded away too much of the glass while fairing in the joint and it would develop cracks in that area. At least, that's what happened to our boat. It was a '94.

I imagine that if your boat hasn't failed yet, it's probably OK. Ours cracked in the first year.

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 19, 2013 9:57 am 
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So If I installed a port hole behind the front cross beam, I could go in and do my own repair to the joints?


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 19, 2013 12:25 pm 
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Yes. You need to bond the deck to the sidewalls.

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 19, 2013 12:28 pm 
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There are bulkheads inside the hulls, so be careful where you cut your holes. The bulkheads will also probably limit how much access you have to the inside of the hull.

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 19, 2013 12:31 pm 
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There is a bulkhead directly below the main beam. The next is mid-dagger well, so as long as you stay aft of the beam and forward of the well... No problem.

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 19, 2013 8:45 pm 
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Would it be better to make a couple of holes on the deck in front of the front crossbeam go in repair the joints and seal the holes up?


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 20, 2013 8:36 am 
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It is best to not compromise the deck in front of the beam. You can cut holes in the bulkhead to work through if needed.

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