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Old 12 June 2015, 16:46   #1
Country: USA
Town: Hanalei
Boat name: JP Marine
Make: JP Marine
Length: 4m +
Engine: Outboard
Join Date: Jun 2015
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Beware: JP Marine is now JC Inmar boats

I purchased a brand new JP Marine 12' patrol series from JP Marine in San Diego a little over 3 years ago. It only has about 6 hours of use on it and has been stored semi deflated in my garage, never left outside. I went to use it the other day and after inflating to the proper psi the front 2 seams on the tube failed simultaneously! Upon inspection I found that the glue holding the seams together had failed and could easily be pulled apart. I would not be comfortable only fixing to two failed seams as other seams may also be about to fail. The warranty says 5 years for all air holding fabrics. I would think that the manufacturer would want to get this boat back to inspect how this failure occurred and send me a new boat. I called JP Marine and they said that they were bought by another company and their new name is now Inmar Inflatable Boats and my boat is the Inmar380-PT. The website looks pretty much the same and they are still in same location of SanDiego. They said they would not send a replacement however I could buy a new boat for $1000 discount ($2495 new) plus about $400 in freight. That would mean $1900 extra expense for me. In my view they are not standing behind the warranty. When I told them I will post my experience online they threatened to sue me if I did. I say bring it on. I don't want anyone else to have to go through this so I am posting my experience. I would never buy from a company that does not stand behind their warranty.

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Old 14 June 2015, 17:09   #2
Country: USA
Town: S. Carolina
Boat name: D560
Make: Avon
Length: 5m +
Engine: 2016 Merc 115hp CT
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Inflatable boats are an industry of "you get what you pay for".

The expected lifespan of most of these Chinese glued seam boats is about 5 years. Less if the company is utilizing a poor quality adhesive, poor quality material, or if the boat is subjected to a lot of hot sunlight.
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