Always hard to find detailed info on the Hobie Sidekicks...I've watched the few videos on youtube about a dozen times each, and will endeavor to add some as I go along.
But for now, a quick review! In short, massive improvement.
Sydney's bad weather of late got to me so much I decided I needed to drill my first hole in the Revo. Ummed and ahhhd for a few hours yesterday before biting the bullet and visiting the Sailing Scene in Mona Vale. I know it's been said but I'll say it again, outstanding customer service from Chris and Curly, great price and even better installation advice for Amas and sailing rudder(which was also a winner!)
Sensing my reluctance (read:softcocktance) to break the hymen on the seemingly impenetrable husk of my beloved yak, Chris in short told me to grow a pair and hook into it, adding, "the first one is the hardest", and I think he was talking about drilling a hole in the revo..
Anyway, on to the sailing, a big reason I bought them...The Sail came with the revo and I thought it was a bit gimmiky when I got it, but upon first voyage found sailing to be a highlight! (Didn't have a rod with me though)
Sidekicks... On fully lowered setting, the drag is pretty evident straight away from the sound they make, it now feels like you are pushing a bit of a wake. Not necessarily a bad thing though, during strong gusts you can really feel them take the strain, and at 105 kg and 6"1(or Obese by Wii standards), I half expected to glance to my left and see the screws pop or the supports strain, but thankfully neither. Digs in nicely and I felt for the first time under sail in gusts in no danger whatsoever of tipping.
Mid Setting is a great happy medium. Very little drag in calm water but enough to catch you in a good gust. Made a point of getting side on to some 15km gusts and it still managed to hold me up, though my natural tendency was to lean also as Manly dam is pretty bloody cold at the mo.
On that, didn't give the high setting a very good run as it does seem to tip quite a way..Will update this when I get some more confidence in them, but I would imagine as a stabilizer in the chop I'd be happy to have them.
Fishing...didnt get serious about it but flicked a few blades and poppers around, bit of a task with both sail and sidekicks on, but having said that with not too much effort on a revo both could come off and store pretty well whilst on the water, with probably just a little bit more patience than I could muster at the time. Not to sure how the Amas will take to a treble, and I am sure it will happen, but they do come with a repair kit, and if they deflate you still wont sink...
So it's been a short test thus far, but leaning heavily toward the positive. Being a newbie I am yet to get out on the open ocean, but am very keen to do so and would greatly appreciate someone allowing me to tag along one day, I'd be happy to report on how they go out there, with photos... I live in Roseville but will travel!
All in all, I think its turning the revo into a very good long distance machine, I have modified halibu77's(youtube) sail furl system(see photo of my setup) and have been very happy with its performance, limiting the smacks to the back of the head from my sail, and allowing me to furl and unfurl(that a word??) with the pull of a rope or two, without fail.
Anyway, I hope this helps someone sitting on the fence as I was for so long, I havent seen these in the classifieds, which I think may also be a glowing review.