Jammed an oar (my fault, downstream oar in thin water), oar broke (end of the plastic blade) but no damage to oar lock. NFO Renegade. No other problems so far (wrt to oar system). Fairly easy floats (e.g. Sandy River from Oxbow to L&C)
Yeah, the stainless pin(ion) pulled out of the plastic housing on the POS Assault. This is a lightly used club camp boat, failed on the Dean. I doubt it has 4 miles on it (4-5 years old)
On my WM I have broken nothing but oars due to spiking. I upgraded the pivot shaft in the gimbal mount, which comes as a honeycomb (sort of) bit of 5/8" dia. ABS to solid UHMW and made ABS sleeves for the oars to prevent ovalisation of the pin(ion) holes on upgraded oars..several thousand miles rowed/drifted
Warranty doesn't mean much when the boat fails at a critical time on the water, especially when you are in a remote fly in only location..
We simply borrowed the piece from another boat. That meant we lost use of the boat for the duration of our trip until the replacement piece was brought in by the next group for their own use.
** edit to add: An email into this to find out how things were resolved and yes Dave quickly made good. The replacement part had to be modified to fit the boat we robbed the piece from in the first place. Ends up that the stainless pin is spot welded to a washer that is embedded into a cast plastic part. The spot weld failed and the pin pulled out during a routine river crossing.