The spool also seems to have jammed on and the reel is in a pretty sorry state. So it seems that it failed to even last a single season of sea kayak fishing. The photograph below shows what looks like some form of corrosion, even though the reel body is claimed to be aluminium. From the seal there, it looks to me like sea water got into the casing somehow, so the company's claim that the reel is waterproof doesn't look too good:
|Warranty seal intact, unlike the case seal from the look of things..|
Luckily I still have a cheap "chuck at the end of the season" reel to fall back on. Disappointed with the Alcedo though.