We recently became aware of a number of polyethylene P&H Sea Kayaks which had insufficient thickness towards the rear of the cockpit rim and were therefore more prone to splitting in this area.
Affected batches were produced in late 2019/early 2020; you can ascertain the production date of your kayak by looking at the last 4 digits of the serial number, with the letter denoting the month (‘A’ being January, ‘B’ being February, and so on) the first number being the last digit of the US model year (changing in August), and the final two numbers being the last two digits of the calendar year (i.e. ‘19’ being 2019).
If you believe your boat to be affected, please email email@example.com with your address, the serial number, model, size, and colour of your kayak, and which dealer it was purchased from.
No other batches are affected, although it is possible that other boats may split in this region for different reasons, such as:
- Frequently sitting directly on the back of the cockpit rim.
- Transporting the boat with the cockpit rim against an unpadded roof rack.
- Storing the boat with the cockpit rim against an unpadded rack.
- Extreme or high-frequency usage.
A Cockpit Rim Repair & Reinforcement Kit is available for instances where a cockpit rim split has occurred outside of the warranty duration or conditions.