SOLD! - Mariner II with bow and stern bulkheads/hatches

Discussion in 'WCP Buy & Sell' started by stagger, Mar 26, 2019.

  1. stagger

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    3C34AFD8-2AFD-4CA9-A97F-41526ED8B6BC.jpeg 66B945A7-B313-4499-AFC8-C8FA70AFDCC2.jpeg F9B9184A-922F-4296-A27A-C0A7871FE7FC.jpeg Since I’m now the proud owner of a Mariner Max, and at least a couple too many kayaks into a collection, the time has come to put my Mariner II up for sale.

    Mariners were built without front bulkheads & were designed to be used with flotation bags and sea socks. Our own John Abercrombie has modified this boat (very professionally) to add a front compartment, lowered the rear deck a bit for easier rolling, and changed the rear hatch to a kajaksport oval hatch.

    The gelcoat is no longer “like new” and there are some adorable natural relic marks where a mink scrabbled at the deck with his claws trying to get in while we were camped south of Bella Bella, but otherwise in stellar shape.

    This is a fast, capable kayak suitable for an athletic paddler. Can fit a huge amount of gear, but feels nimble in the water. It’s not light to carry, but then - as John points out - you’re not going to break it when hauling it up on the beach. This is a kayak that will last you a lifetime, suitable for distance touring or day trips — handles amazingly well loaded or unloaded.

    With the Mariner sliding seat, which allows you to adjust the trim on the fly as conditions change.

    The original listing from a few years ago is here: http://westcoastpaddler.com/community/threads/sold-mariner-ii-sea-kayak.7941/#post-87592

    Boat is located in Surrey. $2500
     
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    Little bump for spring
     
  3. JohnAbercrombie

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    That's $2500 CAD, so $1850 USD.

    Excellent value.
    If I were to do another 'renovation' as extensive as the work on this boat, I'd charge $1500USD for the job.
     
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    Thanks for the clarification, John. I sometimes forget how much larger a CAD price sounds to someone used to thinking in USD. I think it’s a fantastic price for a fantastic boat. I can’t wait for it to find the right buyer and for it to carry them on amazing adventures like it’s done for me. I’d keep it in a heartbeat if I actually lived on the coast & had more days per year on the water.
     
  5. leonard

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    Stagger - Any idea how much this boat weighs?

    John - do you perhaps recall the weight?
     
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    John/Stagger - one more question - that cockpit combing looks to be a different shape than the stock mariner. Is the combing a custom shape? Or is the combing taken from another manufacturer/boat? If so, which one?

    The combing appears to flare a bit more than the stock combing. Wondering if that flare "takes away" some of the molded in knee braces from the deck versus the stock combing?
     
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    The coaming is very close to the original Marine factory shape - because the rear of the coaming was recessed (dropped down in height) to make rolling easier, a new coaming was laminated in place with carbon fiber and fiberglass in epoxy. The same sprayskirt fits the 'new' and original coaming, so there's little change in the overall size and shape....the difference is in the side profile, which is 'flat'.

    I intended to keep this boat for my personal use, so I made sure the knee/thigh bracing was excellent. The deck at the front of the cockpit is 100% original, including the 'roll-down' of the deck to help with the thigh/knee bracing.
    All the changes in the coaming area were at the aft end, where the deck recess was formed.

    BTW, for rolling practice, most folks slide the seat forward a bit so the bracing is even better. It's 'cheating' a bit, but is useful when learning a new boat. :)
     
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    If I recall correctly — and I can’t seem to dig up the old emails — this boat ends up around 65 pounds. It’s an awkward 1-person carry or load, but generally doable.
     
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    Hi John - thanks, exactly what I was wondering about. BTW - I picked up one of your old Mariner Express conversions. Really love having a Mariner with the bulkheads and hatches. Great work!
     
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    Thanks Stagger. Appreciate that information.
     
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    Thanks, Leonard!
    Mariners are excellent boats; I like them! :)
     
  12. stagger

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    While this is an EXCELLENT value for this boat (ahem), I recognize it’s a bit of a niche item. I’ll sweeten the deal with the inclusion of a Mariner/Lightning paddle, or will be willing to budge on the price a bit.

    I’ll be in Vancouver the weekend of June 8 if anyone wants to take it for a pressure-free test paddle.
     
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    Those Lightning paddles (US made in Colton, OR - not the newer 'offshore' ? ones ) are really nice, IMO.
    Just click on 'Paddles' at the left side of the Mariner home page....
    http://www.marinerkayaks.com/
     
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    The Mariner II has sold!