So a lot has happened over the past 24 hrs. It became apparent Marc’s rear hatch problem wasn’t going away. Tomorrow we actually head into the Gulf and for safety reasons it was just better to try and get a replacement yak. Luckily Marc’s girlfriend Kim has the exact same model kayak and suggested he use it. But how to get it down here?
The answer was Kim’s brother John. He drove 10 hours and delivered the kayak this evening to Fort Walton Beach. What a remarkable guy!!
John is a hydrologist by trade and president of Remosol, Inc. He actually measured the rear hatch of all the kayaks ( all the same model) and discovered my rear hatch was a quarter of an inch smaller along the sides. An obvious defect.
Our gear guy Barney has been in touch with Perception Kayaks to see if they will resolve the matter. Stay tuned. At least Marc had a temporary yak to continue the journey.
Special shout out to all the staff at the Quality Inn Bayside for being so kind and accommodating. Tosca, Kate, and Rick all bent over backwards to make our stay enjoyable.
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Jim and Marc