Is there any reason not to buy a Jackson?
I'm with the folks with complaints about the "clam cleat" system on the Jacksons.... as a complete discliamer, I otherwise *love* my Fun-- it's a comfy boat, dry, solid, runs well, plays well, and I've demoed and paddled a number of other boats, and couldn't be more pleased with my newest purchase: DEFINITELY happy I went with the Jackson!
So maybe I'm a complete moron (no touching that one, guys!), but I think I must be doing something wrong with the cleats. I have slippage issues once the rope system gets wet, and it's not uncommon for me to get to the end of a paddle and pop my skirt only to find at least one of the cleats has come undone and my backband is hanging limp on one side. It's a bit annoying. I mean, I've tried pulling the ropes into the cleats as tighly as I can, but I just can't get them to get a solid "catch" or hold....? What gives? Is there some magic formula I'm missing??