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  1. All good! I enjoy your posts, just didn’t have anything to add or I might’ve been out and about at the time.
  2. I am with you guys as well but if the fully-rigged weight is 85lbs then this should be significantly lighter than an Outback, right? If we judge by Hobie's listed weights maybe 65-67lbs for just the hull? That's toss-on-your-roof weight for me. It does seem like no one is able to get below about 65lbs hull weight on pedal kayaks around 12' and many are significantly heavier. That's a good point but I think there's also something to be said for being able to carry a kayak to the water without having to use a cart. Many of the places I launch I can park close enough that going back and forth to the car a couple of time is easier than dealing with the cart. Sometimes depending on the tide I might have to walk over rock piles or get through some mud and I really appreciate my 60lb hull then (of course lighter would be even better).
  3. I’m really interested in the hull weight (without drive) and whether there is any kind of transducer mount. I can’t see how you would wire a transducer but I guess it is a prototype. Pelicans go on sale a lot at the big box stores - I could see this easily being had for $1200-$1300.
  4. Right - take Hyundai vs. any luxury manufacturer. Hyundai is probably at least double any of them, because they want to use it as a selling point. Their cars don't actually last longer than the rest. Heck, Honda and Toyota are known to have some of the most long-lasting cars out there and they have the shortest warranty. I think in the age of the internet the days of long/lifetime warranties are numbered (see L.L. Bean, EMS, etc.). It's too easy for someone to broadcast how they got a brand new replacement product to thousands of people and then have a number of those people try to get the same treatment even if they don't really qualify. Point is, most products are not warrantied for their expected lifetimes. Most warranties for various products are 90 days, 1 year, 2 years, and so on. The products protected by them are generally expected to last much longer. I'm not defending the Hobie hull failure issue, just providing some counterpoint to the argument that warranty period is representative of expected lifetime.
  5. I think it means, “if any issues from manufacturing defects were to present themselves, we are willing to cover it for up to 2 years.” Nothing more or less, really. Perhaps they would argue that they would expect any manufacturing defects to show up within the first 2 years. Do car companies expect their cars to only last for 3 years/36,000 miles? On the topic of the Pelican, I hope it’s a great product and only leads to more viable choices in the market of pedal kayaks. I will probably be in the market in the next year or two. I hope the warranty for the drive is solid, but I expect it will only be 1 year like most other manufacturers. Given that the drives in many of these kayaks approach the price of the hull, are we really in a much better place vis-a-vis the Hobie warranty? Maybe, maybe not. It sounds like the Hobue hull failure issue really sucks but a common drive failure issue for another maker could be just as bad.
  6. OK, now I found their warranty page. This was right below the part you quoted - would this apply to kayaks or some other kind of pedal boat I wonder? 4-YEAR LIMITED WARRANTY Your pedal boat is built of superior materials and in accordance to stringent quality standards. With adequate maintenance, it will give you years of reliable use. But as with most products, it is subject to wear and tear. If you eventually need replacement parts, technical assistance or product/service information, please contact our Customer Service Department, having ready at hand the product’s model name and serial number (beginning with ZEP…), as well as the date and place of purchase. The present warranty is only valid if the original buyer registered the warranty within the thirty (30) day period immediately following the date of purchase. Registration can be done either electronically via our website or by completing and returning the registration card found in your owner’s manual. Pelican International Inc.’s warranty is valid only if the product is used for its intended purposes and for which it was designed. Product component parts and accessories are warranted for a period of one (1) year from the date of purchase against defects in workmanship and/or materials. The hull and deck are warranted for a period of two (2) years from the date of purchase against defects in workmanship and/or materials and suitable for its intended purpose. By returning your warranty and registration card on time, you will extend your hull and deck warranty to four (4) years. This warranty does not cover: boats used for rental or other commercial use products that have been damaged by negligence, misuse or accident, or wear due to owner’s failure to provide reasonable and necessary maintenance products which have been modified or repaired by unauthorized persons change in appearance of boat due to wear, exposure or any other environmental condition Any return must be accompanied by an authorization number obtained by your dealer and which can only be issued by calling Pelican’s Customer Service Department between 9 am and 5 pm Eastern Standard Time at 1-888-669-6960. The return of any Pelican boat will not be accepted by Pelican International Inc. without this authorization number. This warranty is the sole and exclusive warranty by Pelican International Inc. in connection with its above mentioned boats and Pelican International Inc. makes no warranties or representations, expressed or implied (including warranties of merchantability and of fitness for a particular purpose) in such connection except as specifically set in this warranty. All incidental and/or consequential damages are excluded from this warranty. Implied warranties are limited to the life of this warranty. Some states do not allow limitations on how long an implied warranty lasts or the exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential damages, so the above limitations or exclusions may not apply to you. This warranty gives you special legal rights, and you may also have other legal rights which may vary from state to state.
  7. On components as well as the hull? Is it transferable?
  8. Thanks, that makes sense and I will give it a shot. I was actually probably a little further from shore, generally, because I couldn't see all the weed beds and other obstacles that sometimes are found closer to the banks. I'll just plan to keep an eye on it for now and see if there's a pattern.
  9. Hey @Crozzbow, I'm curious - do you alter your tube and worm technique for night time fishing? I was out on July 3rd. I used the same setup at about the same stage of the tide and in the same location, but in the evening. While I still did well with about 15 fish, they weren't biting as reliably as they had been on the previous outing in the morning. I got most of them while there was still some light. I was also marking what seemed to be some good-sized fish but never had a hit when I did. I tried a Santini tube which has a built-in weight, but didn't get a single bite on it (there was a lot of shallow water so I got tired of it hitting the weeds pretty quickly). Another strange thing I noticed - the GPS on my fishfinder was much less reliable, giving me a bunch of false readings (for example jumping from 1.5 to 6 mph in an instant), which, combined with not being able to see as well, made it hard to keep a steady speed. Not sure if that was due to it being night or something else.
  10. Not to give you a hard time but those don’t seem like great percentages for fish that are being released. Since they’re saltwater hooks I don’t believe they’ll deteriorate like a lighter freshwater hook would. Maybe larger hooks would help? Also I think Owner and Gamakatsu hooks are worth the extra $ for their sharpness and might help you get away with a larger hook.
  11. I stopped using the secondary drag and also snelled my hooks. I’ll just use it for livelining and situations where I want to be able to let line out easily (trolling in my kayak).Still had some missed fish but I’m guessing they were mostly smaller.
  12. Same thing was happening to me! Some good suggestions in the thread I started:
  13. So I went out around 7:30 this morning, which was about an hour before low tide. Lots of guys were fly fishing the flats right off the channel going out to the harbor and I saw a few catching, which got my hopes up, but as I drifted by them I didn’t get any bites. I went under the bridge just before the harbor, where the current picks up a bit, and suddenly, SLAM, I’m hooked up with a decent mid-20” fish. After releasing it I decided to troll back under the bridge as the current was manageable and I hooked up again. I kept making passes back and forth under the bridge and had close to 20 fish in that area before I decided to move on. Literally every single pass, except one when I tried a Gulp sand worm just to see if it worked. I hit several other areas in the harbor and then back up on the flats and by the time I was done I had around 40 fish! They were all schoolies around 16-25” but it hardly mattered. I had such a blast. Some takeaways I had: -Speed was crucial and as long as I kept it between 1.5-2mph I was good. Having a fishfinder to quickly learn the right speed was really helpful but I imagine one could figure it out with enough experimentation. -I was mostly in 5-12ft of water all day and I didn’t use a weight but I didn’t seem to need one. I was using a tube like @Crozzbow‘s pictured above and had an 18” steel leader because it was already tied on. Maybe the leader helped keep it down. If the water was much deeper and/or faster current I might go with the Santini tube I have since it has a weight built in and it’s longer, or use a bullet weight like in crozzbow’s post. -Gulp sandworms didn’t seem as effective as the real thing. That said, I caught a couple fish with nothing at all on the hook right before heading in. Thanks again @Crozzbow! I owe you a drink if you ever make it down this way!
  14. Once again, thank you for the info! And thank you for the offer, I would love to take you up on that if I can swing it. I’ll PM you if it looks like I can.
  15. Wow. If all you are looking for is validation and an echo chamber for your opinions, just say so in the OP. In my reading of this you don’t seem to have a reasonable expectation of how warranties work, so I’m pointing that out, as are a bunch of other people. It’s a discussion forum, and you keep complaining about it, so you’re going to get some other points of view. Sorry, but you’re getting really defensive about it. It has nothing to do with whether I fish from a kayak, which I started doing very recently. And it doesn’t matter what you want to call it, this wasn’t covered by their warranty policy. It’s really simple. It may be prorated in a sense but unless you show us where they guarantee coverage after two years then it doesn’t make a difference whether it’s a reduced-price hull or a prorated unwritten warranty adjustment. You haven’t been guaranteed anything, as far as you’ve let on, except for a replacement hull at a certain price. This will be my last post in this thread as I don’t want to beat a dead horse either.