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Housten, we have a problem.....(Prowler Elite)

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Hmmm...... :(

Went to look at the Prowler tonight after work to form a plan of attack for tomorrow night, after work I was going to fit my Scotty Triple, Transducer Mount and Sounder etc.

When sticking my head inside the hull and having a good look around I noticed an unusual amount of light penetrating some sections of the top half of the hull.

There are a few sections of the hull which are worryingly thin. A couple of sections in particular are causing me some serious concern.

At the top of the 'Transducer Scupper' the walls of the circular section is so thin it allows 4-5 times the amount of light thru than other sections. I'd estimate the plastic in this area is so thin it would barely be 1mm thick. Possibly not even this thick!

I can easily push it with ONE finger without any real effort and feel the bulge on the other side of the plastic with the other hand.

There are a couple of other sections on the top half of the hull, particularly in the footwell area which are not a great deal thicker and are allowing quite a lot of light through the hull.

I am thinking of returning it to Anaconda and telling them I am not happy with the hull. OK kayaks only carry a 12 month warranty so I'm not keen to take a 'wait and see' approach when I have invested so much money into the thing already.

Also not sure what to do for this weekend.......I can still carry out the fitout tomorrow night and wet the Prowler for the first time, or leave it on the wall at home and use the already rigged Tarpon. :(
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I think that both Ocean Kayak and Malibu could do a better job of quality control. Rotomolding has some inherent deficiencies. I'd like to think that the manufacturers realize that and would thoroughly check their product before it goes out the door. Unfortunately, it would seem that they only make cursory inspections for holes and blemishes. I understand that extensive quality assurance checks can be costly, but the cost of a product failure on the water could be significant. These companies know where and how their products are being used. They work closely with their retailers and all of the major brands sponsor kayak fisherman. They are well aware that their customers routinely fish in waters where a hull failure could be disastrous. If nothing else, you would think that the threat of law suits would lead them to be a little more concerned with quality.
I've heard that OK supplied one of the fishing resorts in Mexico with Prowlers that were molded to a greater thickness to withstand the rigors of daily rental use. I am sure that they are somewhat heavier than the standard yaks, but I would gladly accept that trade-off; weight for confidence.
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