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Postby Jay » Wed Oct 11, 2006 8:24 am

sounds like a good kayak how much are the hobie kayaks?
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Postby Jay » Wed Oct 11, 2006 8:33 am

s**t thats expensive
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Postby Cid » Wed Oct 11, 2006 2:54 pm

Yeah, they're not cheap jay590, but if you ask any Hobie owner I think you'll find they wouldn't swap it for anything! I've had mine for over a year now and it's been faultless and performs like a treat. But I'm sure Hobies aren't the only yaks that are faultless and perform like a treat. :P

The Mirage Drive is what's really special about them and as Gatesy stated in his report earlier, it enabled him to move away from the impending rocks while still fighting a fish.

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Postby Scott » Wed Oct 11, 2006 5:03 pm

Michael, you will soon be like i am with my P15 with your Hobie. You will slowly get out in bigger and bigger seas and not feel unsafe at any time. The modern SOT is a amazing boat, far more capable in rough weather than a 4.5 metre tinny in a lot of cases. I wouldn't worry about a small amount of water intake like that given the conditions. It sounds like a top boat, glad you are putting her through her paces and she is doing what she should and looking after you.

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Re: Adventure Review - Rough Open Water Test

Postby Peril » Wed Oct 11, 2006 7:19 pm

Gatesy wrote:The yak did not feel tippy at any point but perhaps this is because my balance is a little better then perils :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: (sorry Dave i couldn'y resist :P ).

Rawprawn, I think its worked mate. You can pay me when next we meet 8)
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Postby Davey G » Wed Oct 11, 2006 7:25 pm

Peril, its just lucky Gatesy doesnt have any pictures of you falling out otherwise you'd suffer the same humilition that Greg has for the last year.

Although your 'Perils' seem to have taken the focus off Rawprawns one unfortunate incident...

Geez I hope I'm on hand with my camera ready the day that Gatesy falls out. those pics will be worth a fortune... :D
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Postby JVA Designs » Fri Oct 13, 2006 8:42 am

Hello Gatesy,

i noticed you said that the only time you felt like tipping over was when fighting the fish. The rod being perpendicular aside. Is that common with all kayaks to be a little unstable, or would there be a kayak more suited or more stable to fighting bigger fish.

I seem pretty happy with the adventure and if fighting a big fish without tipping over isint a problem, i'll probably get it.

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Postby spooled1 » Sat Oct 14, 2006 6:55 pm


Congrats, I saw an Adventure today and I loved the look of it? A real sexy lookin' Ho I reckon.

Question 1: How do you find the rear moulded rod holders on a practical level?

Question 2: Do the pedals intefere or assist when you are re rigging your lures and tackle?

Question 3: Did you have the rubber keel plug installed and if so, did it interfere with your fishing or paddling?

Question 4: What is the paddle like? The blades look quite low profile and what is the adjustment feature like?

Question 5: For the perfect Hobie Adventure, what would you change?

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Postby Les Lammers » Mon Oct 16, 2006 4:09 am

Gatesy wrote:Dan

1. I find the rear moulded rod holders a little difficult especially in rough conditions. This is because there are caps that cover the holes. the problem is the caps are always resting over the holes so you need 2 hands to put a rod in the holder. One hand to hold the cap back and the other hand to put the rod in. The only other thing i would like to see witht rear moulded holders is for them to be angled a little more out the side of the yak so the rod tips are further apart when trolling.

2. You don't even notice the pedals are there when your rigging up. It is very easy to take your feet out and rest them in the foot well area of the yak and then it is just like any other kayak

3. Yes i always have the keel plug installed and it has not got in the way of anything. Maybe i will experience hooks getting tangled or stuck in the foam but nothing thus far

4. The paddle is very nice. I am not really a connoisseur of paddles so i doubt i will be much assistance on this. I would say it is easily par with the paddle i had on the prowler but i can't remember what that one was called. It is very easy to adjust and one benefit is it allows for left and right handed paddlers because there are 3 settings. It fits together very well and there is no movement or give in the paddle so you don't notice it is a 2 piece paddle at all. I have been told to make sure i pull it apart after every use or it may get stuck due to salt build up.

5. I'd piss the rear rod holder caps off and thats about it. I am not a really fussy guy and the only things i want now are the fishfinder etc which are all after market add ons. Perhaps people fishing in different places or fishing different style would make changes but i am very happy


Maybe leaving the cap off the rod holder and plugging it with a piece of pool noodle with a few inches sticking out may be easier/faster/safer when fishing than messing with the cap??

Regarding the one liter of H2O, have a look at all the fittings, rivets etc. and make sure they are sealed.

Conrgats on the new yak.

P.S. I have a couple of these coming to secure the crate:

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Postby Sunhobie » Mon Oct 16, 2006 3:33 pm

Gatesy, when you are fishing, just twist the rod-holder caps around a little so that they stay out of the way. (They are useful for keeping water out if you leave your yakak rigged in an upright position)
I was wondering what the "keel plug" was. I had to go and have a look for one. You mean the daggerboard slot plug....ah haaa!
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Postby yaksta » Wed Oct 18, 2006 9:48 pm

I peddalled one of these on a demo day in Wollongong last weekend and they are brilliant. If Hobie dropped their price to $1500 every other kayak company would go out of business. They are sleek, stable and faaast. Anyone who says they can paddle anywhere near this thing is kidding themselves.
I can't wait to save the dollars and get me in one of these.

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