Posted by: NewbTastic on Aug-20-12 9:13 PM (EST)
I think that's part of it, yes.
For instance, probably the two best dealers in my area already carry a lot of good Brit boats– one carries NDK and Valley, the other has Valley and P&H. The latter 'can get you a Tiderace' to try out, but he doesn't seem to have 'em in the store usually.
However, there are at least four other shops of note in the area who are also pretty good, and none of them carry any of the top British brands. In fact, all or most of these seem to carry Wildy, Dagger, Perception, and Necky (one carries Eddyline).
There's also a few REIs (of course), and they too are into Wildy and Dagger, with some Delta.
Given that you can't seem to turn around without tripping over a Wildy Tsunami or Tempest or a Dagger boat in these parts, I'm going to say that the 'big boys' of the kayak world (like Confluence) are having an impact on this as well.
Also, as all of these boats are relatively cheap (even the Tempest comes in rotomold) and that TR, unlike Valley, P&H, and NDK does not have a cheap RM boat, maybe that's playing it to it as well.