Thanks for the feedback guys.
Tom...good to know about your experiences with West Marine
. I will keep that in mind and make sure I check into the warranty. Really good to know about the bag; I did not figure it would last very long, but was hoping I might get a little more use out of it.
Boatman...if I was using it regularly, especially in an extreme sun environment
, I would agree with you, that 7+ years would be a stretch. But, as I said in the original post, I am only planning on using it during the summers (and only then for a 4-5 weeks) in the north and will be storing it indoors otherwise. Was hoping maybe someone who has used theirs in a similar (limited) manner could comment on life expectancy.
Dan...appreciate your comments about life expectancy. While I don't imagine I will be taking the best care of it when I have it out on the water
for a few weeks a year (though I will try), you have given me some hope I might be able to use it for a year or more on the new boat until I figure out whether I want to get a different model.
I would certainly appreciate any other folks' comments on longevity, especially if you have used yours in a similar fashion to the way I plan on doing it and/or have specific experience with West Marine