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The problems started after having the kayak for two and a half months. The kayak cracked all the way thru just behind the cockpit. The kayak had been used a maximum of 15 times in flat water and had been looked after. The problem got worse when the Australian distributor told me the kayak would not be replaced and would be repaired, In an email he said:
"You damaged your kayak by sitting on the cockpit rim. The kayak is now repaired and good for use, in fact even if you continue to sit on the cockpit rim (which you really should not) it will now withstand this treatment."This is an ABS plastic sea kayak we are talking about. I am not sure how self rescues can be conducted without sitting or lying on the cockpit rim. Even the Prijon promotional YouTube clip shows the paddler sitting on the rim.
I was not happy with this decision and emailed the sales manager of Prijon in Germany, he very promptly acknowledge receipt of my email and I have not heard from him since, I sent a reminder and did not hear from him. I fully accept there can be problems with kayaks but do not understand the way I as a customer has been treated. Going thru the Australian forums there are at least four other kayaks with the same problem.
I am sure generally the Prilite is a good craft but if you purchase one make sure you go thru the warranty with the retailer. Good luck to an one purchasing Prijon products.
I was a bit worried about the stability of this size kayak when buying it because of limited or I should say no skill level, but from the first day have been amazed at what I can get away with when practicing my edging and traveling through some 4-5 foot wakes caused by boof heads in 50 foot cruisers.
I was advised to spend a bit extra on a good light weight paddle which I think is some of the reason I find the long paddles surprisingly easy for novice, I find it tracks really well with the wind in any direction even a hard quartering wind and in the flat water and rivers with the rudder up I'm often amazed how my edging skills are progressing, pretty sure it the kayak and not me
The reason I give a rating 8 is I have nothing to compare it with but for me personally it's a BIG 10, I often get comments from people on what a great looking rig it is. One point on the durability of the HTP moulded finish: the guy were I purchased it from also paddles this model, he has had the kayak on his roof racks for 12 months only takes it off to go paddling and the finish is as good as a new one with no noticeable fading or warping.
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