Wilderness Systems Ultralites?
Posted by: kfbrady on Nov-20-13 2:18 PM (EST) Category: unassigned
I recently noticed that Wilderness Systems has dropped the Ultralites (Pungo and Tarpon 120) from its range. Does anyone know why? Maybe economy of manufacturing, were they not selling or were they having problems with them?
I'm surprised as these boats seemed to be a good value in a "lighter than PE, cheaper than PRO" choice.
Pull-Up Strap Handle Kit
YakCatcher Rod Holder
Free Standing Boat Racks
Canoe / Kayak Anchors
Touring Kayak Paddles
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quality control problems|
Posted by: LeeG on Nov-21-13 10:37 PM (EST)
that's a shame|
Posted by: jesse59 on Nov-22-13 5:22 PM (EST)
When they were able to do it right, they were some sweet and surprisingly sturdy craft.
Posted by: mobrien on Nov-22-13 10:15 PM (EST)
The ABS sheets started becoming more expensive in the mid-2000s, and with the reduction in manufacturing costs for foreign-built composites (which CD, WS, and Necky have all gone to, for at least some of their boats), there really wasn't a significant price savings to be had anymore from ABS boats.
Posted by: kfbrady on Nov-26-13 10:38 AM (EST)
That's a very interesting take. Thank you!
Posted by: CEWilson on Nov-27-13 9:23 AM (EST)
When you want to build something lightweight, it gets fragile or expensive pretty quickly. This product got too fragile. ABS can't compete with composites for durability at those weights.