I've had my 2016 Slayer Propel 13 for almost 14 months now. I continue my love/hate relationship with the propel drive, but the fishing functionality of the kayak keeps me from giving up on it. I had previously owned about 6 different used kayaks, including 3 Hobie mirage models, when I decided last year to buy my first new kayak! There is no doubt that the ability to paddle the Slayer Propel anywhere (at a good clip for a pedal craft) as well as the layout, tracking, stability, etc. put it in its own class. After I had my kayak about 3 or 4 months I had an issue with the pedal bearings popping and occasionally locking up in reverse. The dealer that I purchased from did some work and maintenance on it, but it gave me similar problems a second time a few months later. This time they shipped it off to Native to be repaired. I got it back maybe a 3 weeks later and it worked fine for a while. Then in July, five days after the one year warranty ended, the drive failed badly when the gears started slipping severely. I was pedaling about 3.5 mph against a very strong wind in a major ship channel almost 2 miles from the launch when the drive began slipping. The slipping got progressively worse and I was doing about 1.5 mph when I arrived at the launch. Since Native had gone into the drive during the warranty period, they agreed to repair it although the warranty was about 5 days expired. I got it back about a month later and fished with it twice this week. Towards the end of my second trip the drive began making a constant grinding noise although it was otherwise functioning well. I plan on greasing it up over the weekend (although I only used it twice after the factory refurbished it) and I expect that I will be greasing the Propel drive on almost a monthly basis. I applaud Native taking the drive for repair just after the warranty expired, but I was hoping that they would replace this potential lemon with a new unit!
Has anyone else had similar experiences?