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Hobie Island Checklist

This checklist is a brief summary of potential issues with the Hobie Adventure and Tandem Islands, as reported by members on the Hobie Forums.

If there is anything you’d like added to the lists, please post at this Hobie Forum thread: Hobie Island Checklist. Thanks.

TI Issues

Status Area Issue Fix Hobie Forum Links
Pending Rudder Rudder snapped clean off None yet! TI rudder snapped in half!?!
Pending Rudder Rudder not locking down &/or hard to steer Temporary solutions until Hobie revises steering system. Sep 2010 Update: see Tandem Island Rudder Update By Doug Skidmore TI Tech Notes : Down Control Latch
Possible design flaw in Tandem steering?
Fixed/
Fixable
Rudder Excessive wear of down line Hobie modified the rudder mount. Early release TIs can be dealer/user fixed. TI Tech Notes : Up/Down Control Lines
Fixable Rudder Mounting bolts loose/snapped Check that you have 3/4″ bolts, not 1/2″. Hobie issuing 3/4″ bolts where necessary. Tighten, use Loctite. TI Catastrophic Rudder Failure
TI rudder assembly came off
Fixed Akas Aka locks slipping out Hobie issued replacement locking collars TI Tech Notes : Aka Lock
Design Akas Aka shear pins shearing By design the aka pins will shear in a collision etc, preventing damage to akas/amas. Carry spare shear bolt and nut
Fixable Akas Trampoline buckles breaking Replaceable Broken Tramp clip
Fixable Amas Dropping off akas Double up the bungees if necessary, see Yakass’s article Double bungee for stealth & security . TI ama dropping off aka
Fixable Mast Mast base screws loose or missing Retighten screws, and use Blue Loctite. Screw size at AI Tech Notes Mast Base Screws- Possible Danger
Fixable Mast V-Frame turnbuckles loose Check that the turnbuckles on the V-Frame supporting the mast are tight. Various
Fixable Rigging Furling from rear seat Existing furling cleat difficult to operate from rear. Add Harken wedge. TI Reefing line problem and one fix
Pending Rigging Main sheet wear Excessive wear reported at rear cleat. Hobie looking into it. Main sheet is fraying

AI Issues

Status Area Issue Fix Hobie Forum Links
Fixable Mast Mast Base Slipping from Roller Furling Collar Reglue the collar back on. Mast Base Slipping from Roller Furling Collar
Fixable Mast Mast base screws loose or missing Retighten screws, and use Blue Loktite. Screw size at AI Tech Notes Mast Base Screws- Possible Danger
Fixable Mast Collar bearings falling out Disassemble mast collar, sand down any burs or humps. Use section of pool noodle if persistent. See links for full info. Mast Collar
Mast Base Screws (and collar bearings)
Check Mast V-Frame turnbuckles Check that the turnbuckles on the V-Frame supporting the mast are tight. Various
Fixed Rudder Rudder pin (black) breaking Hobie issued stronger (grey) pins Plastic rudder pins
Fixable Akas Aka brace overboard If an aka pin shears, the brace could be lost overboard. Tie to aka. Not an issue with TIs. Aka Brace Overboard
Fixable Drive Locking system jammed If one locking mechanism of the Mirage Drive is unlatched, the drive can jam. ‘Click & Go’ Problems

Hobie Support Manuals

There are a number of useful manuals covering the Mirage Drive, Twist ‘n Stow Rudder etc, at Hobie Product Support.

A number of issues are also discussed at this Hobie Forum: Island FAQ / Technical Page.

Also have a look at Josh Holmes’ website Yakass. Dedicated to offshore kayak fishing, Josh and many of his mates are Island enthusiasts, and the website has heaps of excellent articles on Equipment, Safety, Clothing, and much more. While you’re there, check out some of Josh’s excellent videos, especially his “War on Fish” series.

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