First of all, I must begin a note with this title by extending our company’s symphathy to those displaced by an extraordinary summer of damaging storms. We in Charleston, more than some, do know of the extreme hardship and can appreciate the enormous effort it takes to resume something even close to normalcy. Those of you effected have our sincere hopes for a speedy recovery.
Prior to the weather turning ugly, we were quite busy. Every Folbot model in our fleet has been significantly improved. Often the origin of these improvements come from you and we, again, thank you for your feedback and input. Sometimes, we actually have a good idea on our own!
Each model now has the newest hull material, the best hypalon out there. It retains its black color without oxidation and is more supple but extraordinarily tough. Even the Cooper is now sporting the new hull material, which accounts for its spike in price and 4.3 lb. weight gain. (I wrote earlier about the actual weights of all models.) Some customers have asked if we will still do the Cooper in the lighter weight TPU, and we will (by request).
All of the other models have been totally re-tailored in our never-ending quest to eliminate even the slightest skin ripple, and we’ve been quite successful. Joint details have been improved on the Greenland, Aleut, Yukon and Kodiak to eliminate the concern of a few customers who liked to leap into their boats from a dock. Frames remain in their moorings even under extreme circumstances. And early Cooper concerns have all been addressed with complete success, i.e., heavier skin, secure frame assembly and less flex. We even have a retrofit kit for those owners who want the gunwale longerons securely attached at the stern.
All of these changes and revisions are backwards compatible to earlier models with a little effort on both of our parts.
As you may have seen, we are having a One-Day Sale this year, something we did for many years with great results. We can tell that our country’s economy is being buffeted by high energy prices and we see the ripple effects in our material costs. But to keep our employees busy and jump-start the off-season, we are digging deep into our margins with a deal too good (we hope!) to pass up.
One last piece of advice to everyone, learned from experience: Be safe in your projects! Two seconds of precaution with a safety latch while using a ladder that converts from a step ladder to a straight ladder would have saved me one broken left wrist that will hamper paddling for another several weeks, not to mention the expense. Take no chances!