Thank you for the email. This year’s Factory Sale is going to be a bit different than previous years. This is the same Factory Sale we’ve had for years, but we are moving it to multiple locations across Maine to serve you better. You can expect the same great selection and pricing among all of our brands including Old Town, Necky Kayak, Ocean Kayak, Carlisle Paddles, and Extrasport. Below is a list of the dates and locations of where the sale will be held. For more information on operation times, please feel free to contact each store directly and they can assist you with that. I hope that helps and please let us know if you need anything else. Thanks again and have a great day.
Friday, Saturday, & Sunday
April 8, 9, & 10, 2011
At these Factory Authorized Dealers:
Bangor, ME Ski Rack Sports 207-945-6474
Belgrade, ME Belgrade Canoe & Kayak 207-242-6331
Calais, ME Johnson True Value 207-454-2551
Fort Fairfield, ME Kayak Country 207-540-6573
Greenville, ME Indian Hill Trading Post 207-695-2104
Post by ryanward10 on Feb 26, 2011 14:04:53 GMT -5
I know the guy who runs the boat shop in Oromocto, he's a Johnson Outdoors dealer as well. He told me that they've changed their marketing strategy on imperfect boats, they can now be ordered by dealers throughout the year. The significance of the factory sale is therefore diminished. He said the Johnson people told him that the mad scramble aspect of the factory sale led to some conflict among customers and that they wanted to move away from it. Furthermore, a growing number of boats were being bought up and resold privately on Kijiji which was causing some hurt feelings amongst the dealers. It seems like this will be the new normal. Anybody wanting advice on various boats can probably find someone on this board who has owned, or run almost any type of boat you could want. You could probably get a good idea of price as well. My main advice would be to not buy the crap they sell at Canadian Tire.
Ya I was looking at the top pelican boat at Canadian tire and what a piece of junk. And lots of money too. So can you still go to the factory and buy a boat I wonder? Or basically Dealers only now. I wonder what this has done to the price of the blemished boats, probably gone up a bit. Oh well
Thanks for the Clarification Raynward10 I can see the dealers view point. Although I do like cheap boats too .
Ha! Including your wife now eh? That was a nice trip other than the girls going for a swim last December. Hopefully we'll get out again this year a few times I keep drumming my fingers over Old Town. I now have a square back disco sport and a pathfinder. Should add a tripper to that arsenal someday...
Last Edit: Mar 4, 2011 17:41:00 GMT -5 by dbradford
Now Derek, my loyal, beautiful wife didn't actually lose a boat. She was merely testing mine and Jon's retrieving-a-sunken-kayak-from-fast-moving-current skills, while simultaneously testing her own hitchhiking-on-the-Royal-Road skills. Note to our fellow paddlers, you need to follow a sunken boat downstream to a place where the current slackens, then have one paddler race ahead and get onshore while another paddler gently nudges the heavy beast over to the shore where the first paddler is ready to grab it. I'd recommend swimming with your sunken boat to avoid a long walk/hitchhike if conditions allow.
Do people really lose their whole boat? As in never get it back? That sounds terrible!
Come now, folks lose boats all the time. I've lost three .. Tay, Nashwaak and Allagash. It's not really something to boast about, I guess. It was terrible at the time I suppose, but they weren't great boats anyway, a Coleman and two homemade fiberglass tubs.
First time going to the sale this year. We ended up going to Johnsens TrueValue hardware in Calis. There were probably about 50-75 people lined up for 8AM Things got shopped out quite early but they had more tractor trailers arrive that day on Friday www.skiracksports.com/ They have a price list on there website the prices seemed to be the same at Johnsons TrueValue as well.