Once in a while, working in the kayak business brings about a little, silly joy that I feel like sharing with others… 🙂
The latest of these anecdotes was emailed to me by Gary Johnson, from Texas:
Gary was having an argument with other kayak anglers, some of which are presumably kayak dealers, sales reps, etc., on an online, Texas fishing forum. On that occasion, one of the other participants argued about the W500 that “It had too much storage for a fishing kayak”.
This is not a typo, and according to Gary, that guy actually wrote “Too much storage for a fishing kayak”, and published his comment on that forum, for the world to read (and enjoy 😉 ).
This is certainly one of the dumbest comments ever made about the W500, and it’s equivalent to comments that certain competitors used to make years ago about the W300, saying it offered “too much stability”, which was “not necessary in a fishing kayak”, according to them.
As you may have guessed, that was long ago, before kayak manufacturers had realized that there was no such thing as “too much stability” in a fishing kayak, and began offering SOT fishing kayaks that are so wide that one can hardly paddle them – just because the extra width contributes some additional stability.
“Too much storage”, “too much stability”, and “it tracks too well”… The latter is not a joke either: Some competitors who’ve never even seen a W kayak came up with this nonsense as well. By that I guess they mean that having solved yet another annoying problem in kayaking has created a new problem…
I wonder if the reader would believe that years ago, some of our competitors used to argue that paddling standing and fishing standing were not necessary when kayak fishing is concerned. After they had realized that both were important (duh!), they solved the problem by claiming that their kayaks offered stand up fishing and paddling… They don’t seem to care too much about the fact that such claims are not true, really, and that paddling kayaks and fishing from them while standing up is a real (I.E. comfortable and safe) option only in W kayaks, and attempting to perform such things in other kayaks is equivalent to riding a unicycle 😀
But as ridiculous as competitors’ comments may be, they can sometime be quite useful. For example, years ago, we decided to outfit a W300 with a pair of flush mounted rod holders, and call it the F2, only after a regional sales rep for a competing brand made fun of our product, saying that “it couldn’t be a fishing kayak if it didn’t feature rod holders.” That guy was quite right, in fact, but that doesn’t necessarily mean we were dumb – hmmm…. maybe just a little slow… 😉