Here's a common question: I want to buy a kayak/canoe, but I don't want to spend a fortune. Where can I get a good deal on a boat?
And my common answer: Wait until the end of the season when outfitters and retailers are turning over their rental and demo fleets. Retailers such as the Great Outdoor Provision Co., which now has its demo fleet up for sale (along with some closeouts and blems). Robin Hannon, manager of the Raleigh store, says the demo boats are discounted average of 20 percent.
In general, the boats represent a cross-section of GOPC's offerings: some whitewater kayaks, some touring boats, sit-on-tops and canoes. They were the fleet taken to one of GOPC's five demo days, events at local lakes where folks can take a boat out for a spin before buying. "Some will go to the demo and never get paddled," says Hannon.
Also on sale are closeout boats — meaning models that have been discontinued by the manufacturer or that GOPC has elected not to carry any longer. And blems — boats with some sort of cosmetic scar. And those labled "shop worn," which Hannon says could be anything from a boat that's been carted from store to store or one that was taken for a personal demo.
How long will the sale last" we asked Hannon.
"Until the boats are gone."
Check out the boats on sale here.