BTW The new one(#2) went back as well.... it had factory mold "blow" hole they didn't fill. I took everything off that I had put on it except the anchor trolley (so they wouldn't have to fill those holes). I hope to be back in business for the camp and paddle!
They are paying for the shipping and sending me a new one... this is why I am sticking with them. I'm not sure I would not have been on my own, from the original crack, with another company. Old Town has stood behind their lifetime hull warranty 100 percent so far.
Is there a factory defect with the Predator? I heard of another Predator being replaced under warranty.
The early 2014 models (when they first introduced them) developed a cracking issue in the raised floor near the scupper by the seat. They have changed the design to fix the issue since then. My second one was a quality control issue. A small hole used in the manufacturing process that is usually sealed but was missed. I would have no problem (to date) with buying another one. I however would not buy a 2014 model from anyone used. They do not cover the hull if you bought it used.