kross57

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  1. Just a minor correction. Browns and rainbows are wild, but not native. Brookies are the only natives there.
  2. Looks good, cheech. But I've done quite a bit more.
  3. I received a response to my complaint from the state of California. "Thank you for bringing your consumer complaint to the attention of the office of the Attorney General... We will write to the company that you have a complaint against and request a response from them... at some future date, legal action could be taken against this company by our office." Fingers crossed. I'll keep you posted. If nothing else, at least my complaint is on file.
  4. Hey, I give lots of credit to the guys that wade in with power saws. I'm just not that confident. I'd rather go a bit slower and not mess things up.
  5. I don't think Hobie has ever been challenged this way before. I'm guessing they don't like it.
  6. The trouble with powertools and kayaks is, you can do damage in a nanosecond that you won't be able to fix. With a hand saw, you're very unlikely to have problems. Drill 4 corner holes, carefully. Take a hacksaw blade and wrap 3/4 of it with electrical or duct tape. Use that to cut along a pre-marked line from one hole to the other. Leave a bit of extra waterial. You can always remove it with coarse sandpaper or a file for a perfect fit/ Slow and careful is so much better, at least for me.
  7. No, they would need to do way more than that to meet or exceed Hobie's unwritten policy. Drive has a warranty for one year.
  8. Use a hand saw. Power tools can do too much damage too quickly. Just my 2 cents.
  9. Don't forget the cracks where the seat is fastened. They are quite common too.
  10. Basically, it is not good. After year 1 you are looking at a LOT of money for replacement. So, you are trading a great, low price for a piss-poor warranty. Too bad, because it could have really been a Hobie killer. All Riot brand kayaks are guaranteed against DEFECTS AND WORKMANSHIP according to the following stipulations so long as the above criteria have been met: A: Kayak hulls are under warranty to the original owner only for a period of five (5) years from the date of purchase from an authorized Riot dealer. The customer is responsible for all shipping to and from Riot HQ or an authorized Riot dealer. Hulls which prove defective within twelve (12) months will be repaired or replaced free of charge at Riot’s discretion. Hulls which prove defective after twelve (12) months but under twenty-four (24) months will be repaired free of charge. If it cannot be repaired it will be replaced for 50 % of the current Riot retail price. Hulls which prove defective after twenty-four (24) months but under thirty-six (36) months will be repaired free of charge. If it cannot be repaired it will be replaced for 60 % of the current Riot retail price. Hulls which prove defective after thirty-six (36) months but under forty-eight (48) months will be repaired free of charge. If it cannot be repaired it will be replaced for 70 % of the current Riot retail price. Hulls which prove defective after forty-eight (48) months but under sixty (60) months will be repaired free of charge. If it cannot be repaired it will be replaced for 80 % of the current Riot retail price. B: Kayak parts (excluding fins and rudder or skeg blades) are under warranty to the original owner only for a period of one (1) year from the date of purchase from an authorized Riot dealer.
  11. And at least its part of the official warranty. Not the fly-by-night Hobie stuff.
  12. Got it. Sounds totally salt-proof.
  13. Well said. All I want is a Hobie warranty that comes anywhere close to the industry standard. I want this backdoor, hush hush, on again, off again 5 year prorated thing to be official, as a part of their written warranty. And I want the brand new hull, that I paid for, to have the same warranty that any other new Hobie hull gets. I realize all the guys attacking me here, as Hobie owners, are goober smooching for a reason. But wouldn't it be nice if you didn't have to?.
  14. He wrote "Ive never heard of a Hobie sinking". Nothing about where it cracked, or why it sank. Does it matter? Sure as hell not when it's your boat that's sinking. Talk about grasping at straws.
  15. Hobie fixed the problem? The guy said "I am still working with the local dealer to resolve the problem either through warranty replacement or out of pocket repair." Doesn't sound fixed to me.