>>I bought a new 1996 BIC Vivace 290 a month ago and have only sailed on it
>>4 times. The seam near the front of the board is starting to pull apart
>>letting water in the board. It looks as if I dinged the board with the
>>boom near the seam when I got yanked last time out and that seems to have
>>been the cause of the problem. I am a little surprised at how easily the
>>seam has split. What is the experience of other BIC owners?
This can happen whether your board is brand new or old. The impact of the
boom front on the board can be quite strong (like when getting catapulted).
This happened to my Astro Rock (RACEtech) while my girlfriend was learning
to beachstart with strong wind. Also, the nose is possibly the weakest part
of your board (it's thin, plus the Vivace is a moderate no-nose). Moreover,
when it happens you usually don't notice it because you are falling or
already in the water...
However, given that the board is new, bringing it to your dealer will
probably solve the problem, knowing BIC's good quality customer support.