Originally Posted by thecraw
I think it would be a good thread to discuss weight vs durability... It would be quite easy to make a more durable kayak if the community was ok with 65-75 lb creek boats. But sales data are very clear that weight is king.
this is unfortunate, and I agree. My first thought was that it would last longer, but I understand people dont want a heavy boat.
Its the same people who make up (my guess) 50% of our market. half or more than half of the WW community do not break their boat or use their warranty and want a lighter boat for the 1 day they carry out of waterton.
then there is your better boater, and it doesnt matter if he gets 10 days in a season or 100. he can break a boat. but the same guy would want a lighter boat for the hikes in Cali. etc and that is a factor too.
It would be nice to have as an option from mfgs at least. I would pay more for a boat with more plastic that held its shape longer and lasted longer.
I would like to add that most of my warranties were either heavy deformation of the hull, or a crack where the track weld was made. I always thought if they colud find a way to have no welds to the floor track and keep it stable(good luck) that would be the ticket. maybe a U skeleton that formed up the sides of the boat.
Anyhow, none of this is directed at Jackson or Marty, You guys are plenty busy. These are just my thoughts. Thank you.
If you do or can make a boat that might be more durable by adding more plastic I would buy one. Bailey season is coming up and I could pay for it right now. I can be a test boater and report back to you.