Anyone use bearing buddies?
One thing to know about bearing buddies. They do not lube the bearings.
They only keep pressure on the bearing so you don't suck water in when launching.
The mistake made is to think you no longer have to repack bearings if you have buddies. The rear bearing is always the first to go because no new grease ever gets to it.
EZ lube hubs, Oil filled, or some after market hubs with grease fittings on the rear of the hub, all are better answers than bearing buddies. All these designs move new lube to the bearings eliminating the need for repacking bearings.