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Old 30 December 2015, 13:18   #1
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Honwave seams

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So I might be worrying about nothing here as it's my first SIB and I don't know what to expect build-wise but the seam at the bow, inner, attaching tube to floor is slightly peeled off on the tube... Surely on a brand new boat every seam should be tightly glued down with no lifting anywhere?!?

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Old 30 December 2015, 13:36   #2
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Yep really sorry that's got to go back to the dealer, ideally before you use it. The Honwave I have a few years back was perfect out of the box and remained so and in general they have a good reputation so I'd not worry it's a dodgy brand.

For my part around 2010 I had two faulty brand new Zodiacs in a row (seam and other issues) plus the Bombard I bought new this year needed a new air floor as it was delivered faulty.

So you do get the odd iffy one slip through.

Hard to tell from a photo the extent of it but that is the sort of seam edge lifting you look out for on a 12yr old plus SIB which is just starting early sign of glue failure. Can you try and pull it apart more... the glue should be capable of resisting your full strength pulling it apart.
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Old 30 December 2015, 14:20   #3
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I'll have a pull later (ahem)...

And the bloomin Sikaflex has probably cured by now on the transom wheel fixings!!!

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Difficult to picture. When I pulled at it a little more gave way and then the rest is rock solid. In all the bit that is not glued is about 10cm long by 1cm deep. No glue residue that I can see but perhaps it's heat sealed rather than glued.

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Old 30 December 2015, 16:43   #5
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Hard to see exactly but in your first image of post 4 it looks like a stitched seam where the stitching has run off line or there was too much material left outside the stitching line??

What's the stitching doing there and how is it sealed not to leak air through the stitch holes??

It would be interesting to hear from another air floor Honwave 3.8 owner who could look at theirs.
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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.
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In terms of that image you refer to Fenlander, it's definitely not something that has run out of line on the upper edge, simply that it was never adhered. The line you see in the image runs true as far as I can see.
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That is a strange setup... you really need to have someone with an air floor Honwave comment (or the dealer). My Honwave was the 3.5AE with an alloy floor. It certainly never had any unglued seam sections or "previously stiched" areas with the stitching pulled out.

Very odd.
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Take that straight back!
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certainly don't remember any of that on my 3.2 airfloor honwave id be contacting the dealer you bought it from
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