I bought mine from a local dealer(Carlsbad PaddleSports) here in San Diego in Aug of '03.
The dreaded drive insert hull crack just developed and it leaks bad.
My drive unit had the old style adjustment pins that had slipped out during peddling and cracked the plastic, holed, adjustment plate so I permanently bolted the peddles.
Shortly after purchase the string guide flange that is attached to the rudder cut into the string deep. I smooth filed it as soon as I noticed it. It hasn't broke yet but it needs a new string.
The chain slipped on the spocket so I adjusted it. Hope I got it correct.
I love my Outback and use it every weekend during bass fishing season.
I called the dealer I purchased it from and he said to bring it to him and he will take it to Hobie this week. I did.
I am a bit nervous as to what may or may not be covered, if anything.
While it has the normal wear and tear I do not drag it to launch area and I am cafeful when I "beach it" during landing.
The crack, peddle design, and sharp string guide flange appear to be design issues so hopefully my "out of pocket" will be minimal.
Again, I love this kayak. I have "sold" many thriough word-of-mouth and reviews I have written.
I am concerned about durability now.
Any light that can be shed on what I might expect would be helpful.
Thanks a million!