So I got the call from the shop I purchased the yak, they said Hobie will not replace the kayak. They said the kayak is faded, I live in Florida, and that weakens the plastic. Also thought that me standing up on the kayak may have contributed to the crack and the fact that I slide the kayak onto my floating dock.
so I do pull the kayak onto the doc it’s probably 8-12 inches above the water. I do stand up a lot and basically have my feet on the sides of the hatch that is there for fly/lures. Regarding the fading, it’s Florida, I fish quite a bit but I cover the kayak with a cover probably 99% of the time. Sometimes I don’t cover it if I’m fishing the next day.
ship is going to patch the hole and add some styrofoam to distribute the load from me pulling up the yak and standing.
my one issue with the standing part is they said there is a area to stand on the proangler that has support built into it. I have found the balance point of the kayak for me is more centered on the yak. Standing where the padding has been placed is too far forward and does not feel comfortable.
disappointed with the kayak being 3 years old and not holding up to what I consider to be normal wear and tear and pretty well maintained. If I eventually get another kayak it most likely will not be another Hobie.