Flyfishsteel, Rich at Watermaster said they are offering 10% off all raft packages until the end of January. Didn't mention having to order any accessories. I'm waiting for my complimentary DVD to arrive then I'll get serious about looking around to actually see one at a show or a local shop. Have your buddy call Water Master- I'm sure they can offer some sound reason behind their 3 year warranty. I know they have a 30 day money back guarantee if you're not totally satisfied with the product.