If you call Matt you can get a definitive answer to your warranty question...the time you are spending beating around the bush is way more valuable than a $5 dollar phone call...My sister lives in your city and I talked to her on my cell ( I live 90 miles south of Matt) for 60 minutes for $26 bucks...how long would it take for Matt to give you a yes or no answer if the boat is under any kind of warranty?
Since no one else seems to have experienced anything like your problem with the Blade, it makes me wonder if any moisture got in the laminate at the cracking area and froze in your -30 degree winter weather...no boat would hold up to that...
A quick check shows that Hobie's and AHPC warranty is just 2 years...NACRA doesn't say on their web site...so to expect Matt or Vector Works to warranty a 5 year old boat would seem two and one half times beyond what other manufacturers are willing to stand behind their products.
I have to discount the freezing thing as this is way up on hull sides where there should be no water penetration issues. I would also suggest that I am not alone in my struggles with a 2006 model boat.
I personally did not expect any actual warranty benefits as evidenced by my initiating repairs before attempting to begin a discussion on the risks of building to minimum weight. That discussion went off-topic in two different directions so I brought one of the conversations to this thread. Many others brought up the warranty question, including the concept of a "introduction series warranty issue ".
Now if this hypothetically was a car forum and I wanted to compare new car warranties would I be shunned? Would people suggest I call the president of Ford? Would you be satisfied with an out of warranty 5 year old car that suffered rust penetrations so severe that the car becomes unusable?
I have noticed that there is a certain elephant who isn't in the room. Phones, emails and IM's do work both ways.
During the partial warranty period, extending for 5 years, VMI will cover the hulls only on a graduated basis. A deductible of 20% of the hulls value will be applied per year to the warranty settlement.
This boat was built by Vectorworks, no? Have you bothered to call them about any issues you may have? I know Matt and he usually does not say much unless you ask a specific question, but he has always been willing to try and help me out.
I would say that if you feel the need to whine on a public forum, then you should not be surprised to only get help from the other forum junkies.
I don't understand what would be so embarrassing for him. He seems to have the leading warranty in the industry.
I have come to realize that one needs to consider the warranty along with other attributes when boat shopping.
I thought Karl would be able to tell us about the AHPC one.
One last thing, I haven't hidden behind the internet here. My Sail Number is on here along with other details in my profile. If there was anything any business man felt he couldn't discuss in public, he knows how to contact me in private.