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I purchased the Slayer-10 kayak in July 2017. I have followed the maintenance instructions to the letter, even purchasing the lubrication gadget. I've used it in lakes and ponds only - no salt water. I fish, on average onece per week out of the kayak during Apr-Oct. Everything was cool until last week when the pedal system developed a skip. This happened as a result of regular use - no accident or catastrophe. It seems as though one of the internal gears has sheared a tooth or something. So, after the problem, I began hunting down the best way to get it serviced. Since I purchased it here on Amazon, there doesn't seem to be a viable way to have it serviced. Here's what the Native Watercraft website says: In order to take advantage of the Native Watercraft warranty, you must have registered your kayak. To register your boat, please click this link. Once you have registered, if you have a warranty issue arise your first step is to contact the dealer you bought the boat from. To see a current listing of our dealers, please visit our dealer locator here. They will ask you to send in photos, a summary of the problem, proof of purchase, and serial number. Please note that each claim once submitted is review on an individual basis and can take 2-3 days for a response time from Native watercraft." As you can see, there are no instructions for warranty repairs when purchased on Amazon. I'm really hoping that Native Watercraft can fix this since I know I'm not the only one to purchase online!
This boat functions like a recumbent bicycle on water.
If you are tired of sore neck and shoulders, this will change the experience of kayaking. The seating and pedal position is so comfortable. I can really lean back and motor across a lake. If you are looking to improve handling on a river, there are rudder upgrades available.
Generally designed for fishing on lakes, the 13 foot model and the Mariner 12.5 are better on open water, but not all that much better.