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Old 31 December 2015, 12:14   #11
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Seconded Mr Belly's reply no stitching on my 3.2 very strange looking.
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Old 01 January 2016, 12:13   #12
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Sorry to see that your eagerly awaited new Sib ain't 100%.

I've got a Honwave 3.5ae which is almost 6 years old now.
It's lived rolled up in my garage for the first year of its life.
The remainder it's been living wrapped up fully inflated under its cover and a tarp on my drive.
Checked all of the seams end of October and all were perfect.
Been very impressed with it in general considering it's bargain price tag.
Most honwave owners are very happy with the build quality of their Sibs.
As with everything you buy nowadays - unfortunately you get the odd example not fit for purpose.
Hope you get sorted out soon.
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Old 02 January 2016, 04:47   #13
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I see what you mean. Since we're on the subject of stitching, is this supposed to look like this? Runs the whole way round the inside of the boat where the floor meets the tubes:

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Looks to me like all of the sticking has ripped open but since it was the whole way round I assumed it was remnants of the manufacture process.
Take it straight back.

I have seen that before, BUT, it was not on a 'Honwave'...! It was on a 'SunSport', which I am led to believe is a cheap chinese copy of the 'Honwave'.
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Old 02 January 2016, 17:19   #14
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Take it straight back.



I have seen that before, BUT, it was not on a 'Honwave'...! It was on a 'SunSport', which I am led to believe is a cheap chinese copy of the 'Honwave'.

I got told Sunsport and Honwave inflatables were made in the same Chinese factory.
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Old 02 January 2016, 17:32   #15
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Unless I am very much mistaken Honwave Sibs are made in China by Sunsport.
I believe they make Suzumar and possibly Yam Sibs too - as well as a host of others.
I'm sure that due to the volume they are turning out there will be good ones and bad ones out there.
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Old 04 January 2016, 04:29   #16
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Any news on this Stig? In my experience very unexpected from Honwave so hopefully getting resolved without too much stress??
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Old 04 January 2016, 04:46   #17
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First day back in the office today after Xmas for the dealer (Ely Boat Chandlers)... they emailed Honda at 08:30, emailed me separately at 9:15 and he's due to call me imminently so i should know today/tomorrow what they are proposing/how to resolve.

To-date their service has been way above standard so I'm not expecting any issues... will update
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Old 04 January 2016, 05:26   #18
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True to form the dealer has called back, understands the issues and was very accommodating/concerned.

He seems more concerned with the weird stitching round the bottom of the boat than the peeling seam but regardless wants to wait to speak to the Honda guy first and then process a warranty claim.

As for the Sikaflex/wheels... "well it might be a bugger to get them off but that's not your problem"...
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Oh that alll sounds hopeful... my experience of SIB dealers has been good.

When I received a faulty new Zodiac (seams) a few years back the dealer was brilliant and arranged for collection and replacement very promptly. When the replacement had even more faults he was excellent too in collecting it and sending a full refund cheque.

Then in 2015 when there was an issue with my new Bombard the (different) dealer was spot on in dealing with Zodiac and arranging a resolution. Sadly though Zodiac soured things a little by later refusing what I believed was a fair gesture based on losses the issue had caused me.
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The stiching is part of the manufacturing process and is used to hold the tape folded together, that is nothing to worry about. We have a Honwave that is in for warranty work (we dont sell them, just repair them) and it has the same stiching.

The loose edge should be glued down, take it back to the dealer and Honwave will no doubt authorise a repair under warranty.
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