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Topic: Hobie rectangular hatch came without gasket....  (Read 668 times)

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DRT Yakbah

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My wife got me a Hobie rectangular hatch for Xmas from Austin kayak and it didn't come with the gasket. Checked their website and they sell it separately. :smt013 I wouldn't be so upset if that was clearly stated on the product listing so the regular non angler would know before purchasing. I feel like my wife was deceived in a way.

I've written an email to their customer service so hopefully they will make this right. If they don't, I don't want to give them my business anymore, which sucks because I've always gotten everything I wanted in a fast manner with zero problems until yesterday.

Anyways, I just wanted to rant a little bit on this as I'm pretty missed about it.


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If it doesnt say Ďhobie rectangular hatch kití then its only the hatch. There are other package too like hatch kit and liner. Or hatch kit and tackle... the recatangular hatch is $101. The kit is $111 i think if my memory serves right


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If it doesnt say Ďhobie rectangular hatch kití then its only the hatch. There are other package too like hatch kit and liner. Or hatch kit and tackle... the recatangular hatch is $101. The kit is $111 i think if my memory serves right

I understand that. Just wish that it would clearly state that other items are needed to complete the kit. Especially for people who may not be anglers or kayakers. My wife (neither) just got home and when I told her she mentioned that it said only hardware not included were the screws, which she knew I'd like to buy my own anyways. Checked the site and she's right, it doesn't even mention the gasket in the listing. I can't see any reason not to clearly state that it's an incomplete package besides trying to squeeze $10 out of the customers.


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Another reason to purchase Hobie accessories from you local Hobie dealer. 


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I don't think it's Austin kayaks fault. You can see all the comments about not having the hardware + on their what other people bought, it has the gasket. Also in the product description it says no hardware included. If anything this is a replacement part for the pro angler/special edition outback. What happens if someone is only looking to replace the hatch without the gasket ? They would be stuck paying for a gasket they do not need.

Search some threads on here and some people bought it elsewhere and it's the same, no gasket.

http://www.norcalkayakanglers.com/index.php?topic=71348.msg816947#msg816947


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This may be a bad question,
But,
Who would replace a hatch and not put a new gasket?
Especially for just a few dollars more after spending $100 on the hatch.
I don't see any reason to offer a hatch without a gasket, should be included.

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Love Hobie kayaks, hate Hobie


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Love Hobie kayaks, hate Hobie
Have to agree.
I have a list of complaints,
But, 
On just the boat ...... Thumbs up.

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I tend to agree that the Austin Kayak listing would confuse anyone who's not familiar with kayaks - and especially not familiar with Hobie - and I think that saying it does not include hardware usually means the installation nuts and bolts aren't included, not something as fundamentally necessary as a gasket.  I know to look closely at what I'll receive but not everyone does.

I think if I could get them to waive the shipping charges for a gasket, I'd be happy and call it done.

Even if it blew up a little, it was still a great gift for Christmas.
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Similar thing happened to me earlier this year.  Bought a new Outback from local dealer at the local Boat Show.  Ordered a bunch of accessories to go with it like sailing rudder and rectangular hatch.  They did not sell me the hatch kit.  I thought the gasket and screws were included.  I had to go back after the fact and purchase the gasket & screws separately.

I do like Hobie kayaks and I do like the Hobie company, but it really sucks that this gasket thing isn't made clearer.

Dave


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I tend to agree that the Austin Kayak listing would confuse anyone who's not familiar with kayaks - and especially not familiar with Hobie - and I think that saying it does not include hardware usually means the installation nuts and bolts aren't included, not something as fundamentally necessary as a gasket.  I know to look closely at what I'll receive but not everyone does.

I think if I could get them to waive the shipping charges for a gasket, I'd be happy and call it done.

Even if it blew up a little, it was still a great gift for Christmas.

That's what I'm hoping for, just have them waive the shipping.


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Why not use, say, silicone rubber caulk in place of the gasket? It's not like you'll be removing the hatch once installed.
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oh i thought this was like a hatch sealing gasket - looks like its an installation gasket.  so you wouldn't need one for installation if you put down a bead of adhesive.  I could understand why it's not necessarily included in the kit then, since it wouldn't be required.

seems like you can find a way to buy the gasket locally if you can't get it from ACK with free shipping or whatever.


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I just recieved an email from Helen, their customer service rep and they are sending me a gasket free of charge and will be updating the listing to be more clear to future customers.

I'm blown away by the customer service and the offer I received. I never expected them to just give me the product free of charge. I'll definitely keep spending my money with them.


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Iím not defending Hobie but they do what many other companies do:  they bone the crap out of you on spare parts.  I guess when it comes to spare parts there is little need for competitive pricing - youíre kind of stuck if you own a Hobie and you need something that an after market vendor canít supply.  I think all mfgís particularly those with strong brands like Hobie price their parts this way.  Iím just glad we donít have to pay for a kayak what it would cost it to build it from the spare parts catalog.


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