I just reserved 88L (watercraft engineer) and am going in a few days to swear in. My recruiter talked very highly of it and everything I found online was positive. Just wanted to get more information cause I can hardly find much compared to other jobs.
EDIT: also got airborne in the contract
I'm curious as to whether it would be technically feasible to design a small watercraft (about the size of a speedboat) that would be as heavily armored as a modern main battle tank while remaining buoyant. If so, would it also be feasible for said craft to sport a turret with a main gun like the one the M1 Abrams sports and fire it while the gun is perpendicular to the hull (without capsizing)?
I signed up for the umbrella last December. This summer I bought a 2 person, plastic kayak.
I've searched their website but haven't been able to get a definition of a watercraft. I think by "watercraft" they mean a boat that's expensive enough to have insurance on?
I live in Utah, if that matters.
A piece of my Sidekick landing gear had broken and I reached out to Native for assistance. They emailed me back within an hour with a solution: they would just replace the system for me, for free!
Having had to deal with various other kayak companies over the years for a multitude of reasons (mostly Pelican) this came as a shock to me. The last time I tried to deal with a kayak company they wanted me to pay more than what I paid for the kayak (bought it used) to replace the seat and they wanted me to pay shipping for the item to get to me and shipping to send the broken seat back. Obviously, I didn't think it was worth it so I didn't do it at all.
I received the replacement Sidekick in two days and they didn't ask for the other one back at all, so now I have a few spare parts. I am even happier with my Titan purchase now, they even sent me some free stickers (which I guess is fairly standard now).
I see a lot of posts around that say customer service is a really big component for people dropping multiple thousands on a kayak and Native Watercraft really proved themselves to me with this interaction. It was an amazing experience from start to finish.
You can do it in any order you want or no order at all but if you do it I will give you the next award that I get.
For your consideration
To fight fires, planes drop water, but having permanent sea-based watercraft(or rigs?) that can shoot missiles/something with a water payload to fire extinguishing payload from offshore, it could potentially get to fire quicker before fire trucks and with pinpoint accuracy. This would only really work in Australia.
Terrifying yet an adrenaline dump. Six foot swells on a SeaDo with sideways rain and lightning strikes. And within 10 minutes it was gone. I thought the hull was going to crack when it would go airborne off the swells. My wife didn’t wear sunglasses so she could only drive hers by following me due to the heavy rain, wind and sea water pelting her in the face.
The ocean is scary.