Water Masters 'hung-up' in Customs

Discussion in 'Watercraft' started by Gregg Lundgren, Mar 24, 2010.

  1. Gregg Lundgren

    Gregg Lundgren Now fishing on weekdays too!

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    I went to REI last night to purchase the "REI Lite-Core Sit Pad" for my future Kodiak seat. They were out of stock, but they did have the "Therm-a-Rest Lite Seat", which had slightly better reviews on-line for $5 more. I intend to use two VELCRO strips oriented fore and aft for fastening and adjustment. No extra material surrounding the seat pad to work with.

    Does anyone know how the VELCRO adhesive strips hold-up over time? Other advice?
     
  2. Chris Scoones

    Chris Scoones Administrator Staff Member

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    Those strips hold up just okay, but they are just a small strip. In other words, you could replace the strip down the road if need be for a couple bucks, and easily. Either way if you're going to use a seat pad that depends on the strip (the WM's seats do not) then you'll need to add more strips. Again, that's easy.

    That said, the nicer seats sold by WM are pretty sweet. Four connection points that keep the back somewhat rigid for a bit of back support.
     
  3. Gregg Lundgren

    Gregg Lundgren Now fishing on weekdays too!

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    Sorry Chris, my note wasn't very clear. The seat pad will be used on top of the WM seat providing a bit more cushion for the buttocks. This has come up a few times in previous WM posts as a recommended improvement.
     
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    Gotcha. Thus far I've just put up with it, but I see the need as well. Especially on lakes when you're not moving around as much.
     
  5. Gregg Lundgren

    Gregg Lundgren Now fishing on weekdays too!

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    The base raft components are from Korea. Incept of New Zealand may have done some of the work in the past, but only for a short time. Rich of BSI(Big Sky Inflatables) seems very satisfied with his current supplier.

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    Customs does a random check of shipping containers periodically. The odds of this happening are fairly low, and had never affected BSI before. Because this container held several types of items being shipped to multiple businesses, the inspection process was both deferred and was slower, taking over a week. Just bad luck I guess. The completion of my boat has been delayed from March 31st until May 1st. I just insured you guys of better weather for the remainder of April! lol

    BSI will be manufacturing a small batch of boats to speed-up throughput for those who have been waiting the longest. Less efficient, but better Customer Service. Rich seems like a good guy. Other than the fact he has been difficult to get a hold of recently, he seems focused on a great product and customer satisfaction.
     
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    Good for you Greg! I know you've gotten lots of ideas to rig it for fishing, start ordering some of those items and you'll be styling in short order!
     
  7. Brian Miller

    Brian Miller Be vewy vewy qwiet, I'm hunting Cutthwoat Twout

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    Rich still hasn't received the hull components though they've cleared customs. He said that it will be tight to get my boat by the time I go on holiday (and I need a holiday bad!) but has offered to ship me His boat to use at no charge due to the delay. I've been able to add accessories to the order too. He said he'll keep me informed on when the boat will arrive.

    He also said he's working on a design for side gear bags with at least splashproof storage that won't interfere with the seat or oars. Yeah!
     
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    bustedout Still fishing

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    I'm looking forward to seeing the side gear bags. That will be a useful addition to the WM.
     
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    Michael Nelson Old And In The Way

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    I think the guy's offer to ship you his boat so you can do your trip is outstanding. Bravo to him!
     
  10. Brian Miller

    Brian Miller Be vewy vewy qwiet, I'm hunting Cutthwoat Twout

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    Postponed my Holiday a month to 1st of May. Still not shipped and understand no Caviness oars or LVMs I ordered expected in stock until "next week".
     
  11. Gregg Lundgren

    Gregg Lundgren Now fishing on weekdays too!

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    Sorry Brian, Looks like your customer expectations will not be met. Try to have a great holiday regardless! I remain hopeful for my delivery in the first week of May. What I really don't want to experience is forum member Michaels Nelson's "NFO experience" in slow motion.

    rant: There was a time when I led a team that manufactured tangible products, custom ordered. We provided customer notifiication regarding pick up availability upon completion (almost always prior to the original ECD). When we received calls requesting updated order status, we always provided an updated ECD that allowed us to call the customer ahead of time, exceeding their expectations. This made for a pleasant exchange during pick up. Sorry, I just don't see any upside to overly optimistic projections and missed commitments. They have a devastating effect on customer satisfaction.
     
  12. Brian Miller

    Brian Miller Be vewy vewy qwiet, I'm hunting Cutthwoat Twout

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    BSI called and WM with standard oars, no LVM, was dropped off to ship yesterday :) . Wednesday delivery is expected; halfway through my holiday so I can probably take a short trip to Eastern Washington. Caviness oars will (I hope cross-)ship Thursday, likely arrival the following Monday. LVMs are backordered until mid-month. How long it takes to inflate a Kodiak with a a K200? K40?
     
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    Glad to hear you're getting your boat. Re: inflation time, I use the foot pump and it takes me 8-10 min to inflate my Kodiak.
     
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    Brian Miller Be vewy vewy qwiet, I'm hunting Cutthwoat Twout

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    My Water Master Kodiak raft arrived yesterday afternoon. Caviness oars with longer slender blades are expected to cross - ship in another week with the LVM. I spent the evening aquainting myself with it in the garage. The new Royal Blue color is nice. The high back seat upgrade apparently eliminates the seat back storage pouch. My Allen Vest Pack would be uncomfortable to sit with in the seat with so I wore just the vest and slung the pack over the seat back. That lessens the amount of gear I need to move around and would likely forget or misplace. There are two buckles on the seat back that I will rig with straps and quick release buckles that will simply clip into the vest buckles on the Allen Pack.

    Took it out to a local small put & take lake with a no combustion motor restriction for a maiden voyage and was also able to finally christen the new Echo 2 - 9' 5 weight rod and Allen Alpha 5/6 reel. All in all a good day!

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