There are two things I always try to do whey buying a kayak. 1) Always turn the boat upside down and sight down the keel line. Be sure the light is very good and take your time. If there is any doubt, do not accept the boat. I don't think it is at all unusual for poly boats to get warped right out of the mold if they are not handled just right. 2) When you inspect your new boat, do it at the dealership and be extremely thorough. It is amazing how many little things can slip by in the excitement.
I just remembered number three--always check poly boats for flex. Most longer boats will flex a little, but anything more than that, I would consider unacceptable. With the boat sitting upright and flat on the floor, go to the bow and very slowly lift the bow and watch to see if the boat flexes right behind the cockpit. I've done this with several poly Valley boats and they do not pass the test.
At $2000 for any polyethylene kayak, it had better be PERFECT.
I was told by a very large kayak dealer that many domestic builders have there own trucks and drivers, because it was so common for their products to be damaged in shipment. I can only imagine what might befall boats shipped across the seas.
Edited by magooch (12/03/12 06:45 PM)