Can delta kayaks be ordered through your Williston, VT store? Hard to find stateside since they are made in BC, Canada. Know what I want- just not how to get it. Nothing on website
@BP Thanks for reaching out!
We recommend talking to the customer service team at the Williston, VT store. REI does have a special order relationship with Delta Kayaks, however, kayak availability is extremely limited right now. Special orders are a process by which we are able to order a product from an REI vendor that we do not typically carry. They must be processed at an REI store and the vendor is responsible for availability, shipping, and processing. As such, timelines can vary by vendor.
Hopefully this helps, thanks!
I am concerned on the hull. It is made the same way Hurricane kayaks are made. My Hurricane's hull ended up becoming concave under the cockpit which made it tend to wander and was much slower. The delta's hull does seem thicker. In your experience, does hull become weaker over time?
Also does small hatch hold a slr camera with lens?
Let's start with the hatch cover. My gut says it is going to be too small, It is probably 6 inches in diameter (my boat is much older, and doesn't have the day hatch.)
Okay, onto the hull. It is manufactured in the same process as the hurricanes, but I think it is a slightly thicker material. BUT, the concave hull is what we call "oil canning" and generally occurs on a hot day with straps too tight, or the weight of the kayak itself on a storage rack. I have not had this problem with my Deltas or seen it on others.
That's not to say they are indestructible, I have seen and repaired some damaged deltas, but it takes a lot. The hull doesn't - in my experience - get weaker over time. My Seventeen is a first generation boat, 2009, and has literally thousands of miles under her hull. She has also lived her entire life outside.