outbackjoe wrote:Looks like the native doesnt have the shallow water capability that the hobie does but. that prop would stop you over those shallow sand flats.
Ozzybass wrote:outbackjoe wrote:Looks like the native doesnt have the shallow water capability that the hobie does but. that prop would stop you over those shallow sand flats.
Not having been on either a pedal Hobie nor the NW Prop, I can't really say, but I reckon that the maximum depth of either yaks' propulsion system looks similar. Ie. the Hobie flippers, at maximum extension, might reach down to a similar depth. While both yaks allow the angler to pull up the propellor or fins at launch or on shallow water, I concede that the Hobie may be easier as I believe you can make the fins lay flat against the hull, without having to completely lift up the Mirage drive. BUT the ability to reverse, to me, is a big advantage over the Hobie. Having used a small SIK for many years & regularly towed around by even small fish, I think it would be great to be able to have hands controlling the rod & reel while pedalling backwards thus preventing being dragged into a snag by a nice fish.
Stability, I'm hoping it won't be long before Hobie comes up with a yak that is as stable as the PA but isn't as heavy and doesn't need to be as long or spacious. Just something I can occassionally stand up in and stretch the legs.
greenfish wrote:Hi all, I have owned a NW Propel 12 for some time now and I'm hoping to be able to offer some insight into these quite unique boats.
I am always a bit fascinated by the debate about operating in very shallow water. I think if the water was sufficiently shallow, I'd be inclined to get out and walk ..... which is precisely what I do very often, when I am trout fishing.
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