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Which kayak will James have after Christmas?

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If value for money was an issue, he couldn't go past a fully rigged prowler 13/15 for under $1500. As far as the swing/prowler comparrison goes it is a win win situation. If he wants to be nice to our beloved forum leader he should score a swing from him.

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Thanks for that, the Prowler (I am assuming 15) seemed to have gotten the best rating. Can you get them without that centre hatch does anyone know? and is it only that hatch that leaks? and how much do you need that hatch anyway? I wish they did a comparison of the X-factor though, oh well, I suppose it wont matter what I end up getting, cause in 12months time, I will probably be looking for something else anyway- curse this addiction!!! :lol:
 

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Goodaye James, mate i replaced the gasket around the lip of my front hatch with a strip of self adhesive closed cell foam and now my front hatch doesn't leak a drop even in the rough stuff. I now no loger have to have the straps ridiculously tight either.

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Hey, what else could I say? LOL

The power of Positive thinking has to be good for something.

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Yeah, I shyed away from the Malibu back then due to some bad publicity they recieved. Those issues seem to have been addressed and now with the new job and extra $$$, I will have the time to get back into it as I will have all my weekends and holidays off. Getting a new car to carry the yak around, will pick it up first week of November, now I just need the new yak. The Minnow sold a couple of months ago, I start the new job next month, and have the wife hinting for me to get a Hobie. I am keen on one of Billybobs Angler Swings, or Maybe the Prowler elite. Buj has his X factor up for sale at a bloody good price also which is tempting me. The Hobie experience I had today was sensational also........Life is looking good at the moment, I just wish someone would make up my mind for me.
 

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Good to see you are back on deck, James. It's really not possible to keep away from kayak fishing for ever. With Viking's new fishing kayak about to be launched, it's probably worth waiting to take a look at that too.
 
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NICK..................MAAATE,

hows things buddy? Keepin you busy over there or what? Glad to see your still around mate. How much longer are you away for, or is it indefinate?
 
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Gday Keljad,

It is a fact that the X-Factor is a little heavier than alot of other kayaks out there, but for a prurpose built fishing and diving kayak offering the stability, storage, safety, (while out in really bad weather) the massive weight carrying capicity, and all the other attributes that it offers, the X-Factor does take some beating.

The X-Factor is no heavier than the the Prowler Elite at 35.4 KG, the Prowler has to be one of the heaviest kayaks out there, the X-Factor is just wider, deeper, has a huge bow, massive tankwell, huge hatches, and does appear to look HUGE and monsterous. The width does at times make it awkward to get it onto to a car, but not impossible, I am 5" 7 and put mine on top on my Pajero, you adapt a system that suits your needs, I can get mine on and off my car as quick as the next man, so should it get slated for being too heavy, I don't think so, compromises comes to mind.

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Yeah, I shyed away from the Malibu back then due to the amount of bad publicity they recieved.

I can say as the importer of Malibu Kayaks that in all the time that I have been selling them here in Australia I have only ever had to replace two kayaks, and they were sold to two members of this forum.

I learnt alot from these two incidents, I may have been the Importer, but I was brand new to the Kayak Industry and so vowed that I would not be caught up in such unnecessary sledging of my Kayaks or any product again, I did at the time bust my gut (as expected) to sort this out as proffesional as I could.

Therefore and because I have the utmost faith and belief in the quality of Malibu kayaks I offer all Malibu Kayak customers the following Warranty / Gurantee, there is no better in the Country and dare I say anywhere else in the world.

The Best Warranty in the Industry

FISHYAK warrants / guarantees, for the lifetime of any Malibu Kayak (to the original purchaser only with the original proof of purchase) the kayak to be free of manufacturing defects in workmanship and materials from the original date of consumer purchase.

This warranty is effective upon receipt of registration card, post-dated within 90 days along with proof of purchase from an authorized Fishyak dealer or agent and only applies to the original owner.

Claims Procedure

In the unlikely event that your kayak has any manufacturing defects, photos and description of your claim are required. All warranty claims are subject to any exclusion and in lieu of provided evidence decided upon the discretion of Fishyak.

1. Provide clear photographs of damages.
2. Prepare written claim (provided by FISHYAK)
3. Provide proof of purchase.
4. Send Claims to: [email protected]

After receiving above items, Fishyak will request to have your kayak returned to the original dealer for inspection.

If it is determined, that the kayak has manufacture defects then the kayak will be replaced, inclusive of transportation costs

(In simple terms, "if its our fault then we will replace it", hassle free :D :D )

THIS WARRANTY DOES NOT COVER THE FOLLOWING:

1. Normal wear and tear or as a result of abuse or failure to maintain kayak.
2. Discoloration due to excessive sun exposure.
3. Damage caused by alterations, modifications, storage or mooring to kayak.
4. Transportation of kayaks; significant or incidental damage to kayak and/or personal property.
5. Damage due to failure of following procedures and instructions provided.
6. Kayaks not registered with manufacturer at time of warranty claim.

When FISHYAK determines that a warranty claim is the result of an accident, misuse or theft, FISHYAK will upon the prepaid delivery of the kayak, provide the original purchaser with a replacement kayak at the wholesale price, excluding the return transportation costs,

(in simple terms, you break it or lose it then we will replace it at wholesale price) :D :D

Claims Procedure

In the event that the kayak has been accidentally damaged, or has been stolen and you want to replace it, photos of the damage and a description of your claim is required. In the event that the kayak has been stolen, a Police report / Insurance claim certificate must accompany the written claim.

1. Provide clear photographs of damages.
2. Prepare written claim (provided by FISHYAK)
3. Provide proof of purchase. (Especially in the event that the kayak has been stolen)
4. Send Claims to: [email protected]

Fishyak & Malibu Kayaks LLC are not liable for any injury or damage to person or property sustained as a result of the use of kayaks manufactured by Malibu Kayaks. The user of any such kayak acknowledges and assumes all risks associated with the use of such kayaks including death and waives all claims against Fishyak, Malibu Kayaks, its agents and assigns.

EXCLUSIONS

Warranty is considered void after 3 months if kayak is used commercially or for rental fleets. Kayaks structurally altered or subjected to stress beyond the physical limits of the materials used in hull or components, or damaged as a result of abnormal use are considered damage done by the user and void of Fishyak & Malibu Kayaks warranty. Warranty does not cover un-recommended/unauthorized alterations or unauthorized repair.

This warranty / guarantee is valid only in AUSTRALIA
 
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Holy smokes shawn!!! That has been the best response that I have been given in regards to the Malibu Kayak. You are quite right, I too thought the Prowler was an extremely heavy kayak for its size, and admittedly, I have nevr heard off bad service in regards to these things in Australia. I have read some bad stuff on the US forums, but being in retail (not for much longer) I know how hard it is to please some people.
 

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Hi Keljad,

Jay (my fiance) and I have just arrived back in Canberra after an 18 month period in Perth. While over there we were so impressed with the Malibu kayaks and how they performed as fishing kayaks that we sold our Hobies and replaced them with an X-Factor (mine) and eXtreme (Jay's). We're also now trying to talk with Shawn about gettng them more easily accessible over on the East coast because I honestly believe that there is more of a market for them then is currently being reached.

In terms of weight, the X-Factor and eXtreme are the heaviest of the Malibu range (I think they're just over 30kg) at present and I lift them on my own to the roof of my Land Rover Defender with tall roof racks. I am 6' on the dot and not particularly strong and reasonably fit. They are certainly a few more kilos than our old yaks but as Shawn indicated, they are definitely not the heaviest out there and where there's a will, there' a way.

In terms of service, I was there when one of the WA guys found an issue with his hull. His replacement yak was on the fitting table in Shawn's shop that afternoon. Atmitedly we were in Perth at the time so there was a distinct advantage but there were no questions and the new boat was ready in no time (for memory, he was back out in his new boat the following weekend).

I definitely believe that there are a heap of great kayaks out there and that no one kayak will fit everyone's needs. I don't think though that the weight of an X-Factor or eXtreme should be an issue if you're looking at other 25 - 35 kilo yaks and I certianly don't think that after sales service should be an issue at all.

Best of luck with which ever yak you take home. Hopefully we'll be checking out some proud piccies of your new toy in the near future.
 
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Hi Justin,

thanks for that. Yes, I agree, the abscence of a distributer on the East Coast is a very big part of my descision on these. I didnt realise that Shawn was the actual importer of these things. I was under the impression that someone on this side must import them and he got them sent over. I have been chasing ghosts and trying to find what is not there :D I cant believe you traded in a hobie :shock: :shock: I thought these things were the best of the best. I have been looking very crefully at the adventure also, but they are a fair amount of $$$ in Australia. Very cheap if purchased offshore, about $870US from various places, which works out to be about $928AUS vs the $2400 to buy them here. I am still struggling between the Swing, Prowler, Xfactor and Adventurer. I just want to make sure I get the right one because this will be the last (have bought too many over the years :D ) I do love the fact that no one has the x's over here though, it does have an element of cool to it :D
 
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