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Submitted: 07-11-2013 by Rob Plenderleith
The Delphin 155 hull is great - works really well and does what it promises to do. It lives up to P&H's hype. The seat is good too - provides a very secure "locked in" position. The main hatch covers are watertight. The rest of the kayak was disappointing:
This is my third P&H boat, and is very likely to be my last. I have wasted far too much paddling time fixing problems that simply should not exist on a new boat from a leading company.
- The front deck pod is not watertight - it leaks from the inside where it is sloppily riveted to the front deck. P&H's best suggestion was to use a dry bag inside the pod, and drill holes to let the water drain back into the cockpit. Pathetic !
- The foam knee patches and safety sticker inside the hull peeled off on contact with salt water.
- The large hatch cover tethers are secured through the foam bulkheads, but both were such a sloppy fit that significant water passed through the hole and into the compartments.
- Appomattox promised that the Delphin had the new improved skeg slider, but when the boat arrived it had the same crappy old slider which has caused so many people to complain. Eventually I ripped the slider out, filled the cavity, and replaced it with a jam cleat behind the cockpit, exactly the same as my old NDK Explorer. It looks basic but works so much better than the P&H factory design.
- The skeg slider position is very poorly chosen. If you paddle high angle it is perfectly placed to snag your left thumb, and when paddling hard this can really hurt. I have had a P&H Capella 166 and a P&H Bahiya and both of them have the skeg slider positioned out of the way.