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Author:  yakkinbob [ Sat Jul 28, 2012 5:37 pm ]
Post subject:  Malibu Factory

Any you Hobie guys hear about Malibu kayak factory break in? I understand that they lost all their molds and inventory,may just call it quits.
The Malibu forum is telling it's members that it's a mail glitch.Nothing wrong.
Wha's goin' on ?

Author:  mmiller [ Tue Jul 31, 2012 4:25 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Malibu Factory

Molds are huge heavy aluminum and steel framed units. Would take a LOT of trucks and guys to steal more than one or two... All their inventory too?

I'm guessing a Hoax. You could not do a job that big as a break in.

Author:  yakkinbob [ Tue Jul 31, 2012 4:34 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Malibu Factory

I agree,but even my local dealer has not been able to get hold of them.If it's true,that's a shame.They did have some nice boats.

Author:  trout man [ Tue Jul 31, 2012 4:40 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Malibu Factory

I heard a rumor that owners were spatting and one took the molds and left, however he came back and things are picking back up. Dunna if it's true or not

Author:  SteveK [ Tue Jul 31, 2012 6:51 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Malibu Factory

Troutman is correct, The original owner Sean Caples has relinquished control to one of the investors. Everything is back in running order, the sad thing was they didn't let the dealer know and it really screwed up their schedules, I had an order but was able to cancel once I relized something was amiss. I still have a hard time communicating with the factory, I know some of the employees were dismissed
With this new investor , good things may happen there. There is a need for BIG mans kayak and Malibu filled the nitch.

Tight lines

Author:  trout man [ Wed Aug 01, 2012 4:42 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Malibu Factory

I think the Boat is called the Pro Angler!!!!

Author:  SteveK [ Wed Aug 01, 2012 7:24 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Malibu Factory

No! not even close !!!! There's places my Malibu X Factor will go that I won't even think about taking the PA, as a Blue water boat there is NO comparison.
I've been in 20 ft swells out side of the Charlestown breachway and had to surf into the breachway, it was an "E" ticket ride for sure. The PA wouldn't stand a chance . There's a place for the PA but it's not in rough water.

Tight lines Steve

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