Oru Kayak update
Posted by: old_user on Mar-28-13 10:46 PM (EST)
I'm Anton, the designer/founder/CEO of Oru Kayak. If it seems we've been quiet lately, it's because we're putting pretty much all of our company resources and energy into ramping up manufacturing. And we're very close- this week we test-assembled the first production model using all of the final components. We're rigorously testing and abusing a few boats in the next two weeks, after which we'll start ramping up assembly and production. As Peter said, we do have a considerable backlog of orders to fill from Kickstarter and beyond- but we've made the delivery dates clear to pre-purchasers, and we're on schedule for 90% of our preorders.
To RubricofRuins questions, the kayak is quite stiff- it's a much heavier guage of material than the standard sign/packaging coroplast. There are no seams below the waterline, and while the deck seams aren't absolutely 100% waterproof, they let in less water than the skirt/coaming interface (on our kayaks or others). The reason we haven't shown more hardcore use- waves, rolling, re-entries etc- has less to do with the boat performance than liability issues. On the advice of our lawyers, we've been conservative with what we show it doing, until we get the right legal disclaimers and insurance coverage in place. We're working full speed on this as well and plan to have more videos in place for when we start shipping.
You can see more manufacturing updates on our Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/OruKayak . We're very proud to be manufacturing in the US. Starting a major manufacturing operation from scratch is no quick or easy path, but it's a very exciting time for the company, and we look forward to sharing more of it soon.
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