Sorry guys... have been on vaca for a few days.
Jefe... Here is the official "deal'" with Cross link and JK. 3 years ago, the plastics industry started to alter cross link due to several issues. Very long story, but bottom line JK is the only kayak company that uses cross link and we are a pimple on the plastics industry's tail end, so we had absolutely no say in the changes. The strength of the material has nothing to do with why we had to make the change away from Cross link. The real issue is that the changes made to the material have created a massive bump in blemished boats. JK has a huge focus on quality. EJ is nuts about quality and doesn't allow boats to go out the door that are less than perfect. The blemishes are just that... little circles in the shell, little deformations, but nothing structural. Cross link is already better than a 20% bump to material cost and then factor in a 10% loss in revenues to us for blemish hulls coming out of the oven and you can see real quick that this was becoming a problem for our profitability.
To be more telling... We are not using the same SL in 2012 either. For the past year we have been working with the plastic mfc on a unique linear based resin that has properties not typically found in Linear based plastics. this stuff isn't cheap, but we think we have the magic recipe and it's been getting tested all over colorado and around the US and Canada for the last season. Bottom line its frick'n hard as hell, has great wear characteristics and all indications point to it being better than cross link has been for years. This isn't smoke and mirrors, it's really quite impressive.
For that reason, and for a first in JK's history, we have allowed our dealers to move out their existing 2011 builds at a discounted price. These boats are quite a steal right now... and it won't last long as our dealers don't have much inventory. They still have the same warranty/the best performance designs/and actually will have accessories such as sweet cheeks and happy feet that the 2012's wont come with. 2012 is going to see a change in everything from the resin that the shell is made of, as well as upgraded outfitting and even grab handles. That said, they wont ship with happy feet anymore and only the Rogues and Rock Stars will have the Sweet Cheeks for ww. All that will now be an accessory.
For anyone looking for a once only discount on a JK... now is the time. Most dealers are participating I think... The fact that we have such a strong warranty, should leave no one wondering about anything with the 2011's but the fact they are stoked to have a fantastic boat at a smoke'n price.
"Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body. But rather...To skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming... WOW !!!! What a ride!!!!!!"