E-Surfer Mag

Any success repairing wavejet powerpod

Hi I’m a DIY jet board builder that got suckered into buying a wavejet SUP package after the company came back from its first financial fail.
It was heavily discounted ( reason given was old stock being sold below cost to give them some operating capital for relaunch. So $2800 instead of $4200. It took 6 months to get the board.it looked great and everything worked fine ( noisy, jerky and slow) but as advertised. It for a lot of use 2/3 times a week for 9 months then it quit working. I called them up and they were helpful (I thought) because they said they would send me a new pod to replace the broken one and a shipping label to send the old one back . I got the new pod it ran for approx 5 hours so 8 to 10 outings and it became slow. Checked it and one of the jets was not working rattle inside said broken coupler to me.
Called wavejet and was told that I was past the one year warranty so I’d have to ship the pod $200 each way and pay ??? To fix. He also mentioned that a million dollars worth of drive trains so wither the complete pods or some parts were made of sub standard material and were causing failures like mine all over. Basically he had bigger problems than mine so good luck was the gist of it.
So I have opened up the old pod ( never sent me a shipping label)
And discovered it had a broken coupler and several of the plastic anchor points had broken allowi g a battery pack to move and I imagine causing the motor to move or vibrate which may have cause d the coupler failure. So I repaired the broken anchor points and replaced the coupler for the pod running again .
Attempted to join the two halves of the pod together. Tested it it ran great for 20 minutes then quit due to water getting into the pod.
So I opened it up a d cannabilized it for parts but I still have a pod that most likely has a broken coupler and I’d like to fix it and want to know if anyone has had success joining the two halves of the pod back together without leaks
Long shot but had to ask. I was considering using lots of 3M 5200 marine caulk in a continuous bead around the edges of the pod then use 30/40 very small clamps and clamp the entire perimeter till it cures. But 5200 is a moisture cure caulk so I’m concerned that it would not actually cure and after 15 min of running it would fill up with water too and I’d fry pod #2 .
So if you just know that 5200 won’t work I’d like to hear that because I can’t think of a diy fix besides that to bring some life back to this board. And any other suggestions are welcome
Thanks frank

Hi Frank…I have the same basic problem. One of the batteries in my pod will not charge and no response from WaveJet. I’m thinking about opening up the pod and had two questions for you:

  1. How did you open the pod? and
  2. Did you find a good solution to sealing it watertight?
    Thanks for and help,
    Steve

Hey Steve
To ooen the Pod you need several flat screwdrivers and a handful of wedges, I used shims you buy at home depot. You just wedge a screwdriver in between the two halves of tge case and as you open it stick wedges in to hold it open . Then work your way around till its Separated there is one plug to To disconnect and you have it open. To reassemble you first have to fet all the glue and 2 sided tape off both pieces i used patience and goof off. Then to put it back together get yourself about 12 $1.00 clamps at harbor freight and some short strips of wood or metal and a tube of 3M 5200 marine sealant
When youateready to assemble out a fatbead Of 5200 along one surface of the pod halves, no gaps then spritz it with water and pust the two halves together clamp it evenly all around and let ot drt ip for ay least 24 hrs longer is better take off the clamps when done and then take the plastic screw out of the case and blow air into the pod dont let it escape and listen or feel for anY spot that has a leak If you have a leak pry that area open a little and squeeze a bit more 5200 and reclamp
5200 is self curing so you have to use it within 5/7 days
Hope that helps cheers frankie