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Hello All
I've been reading the forum for a few weeks and found it very helpful.
I'm planning to get a hobie Outback or Adventure fisherman.The Adventure is slightly in front for it's extra speed and storage/deck space.
I'm 6 foot and about 75-80 kg, 37 years old based in Brisbane.Love all types of fishing ,fresh and salt.I have almost zero kayaking experience but some canoeing.I plan to do mainly estuary fishing until my confidence and stamina improves and then trips out into Moreton Bay and some overnight and longer touring trips.
My questions are-
Is the Adventure ok for smaller rivers and creeks?
What happens to the mirage drive if you hit submerged rocks/logs?
How do they go in and out of surf/bar crossings? which one handles it better? Mirage drive in or out?
Is it worth getting the sail aswell?
Does anyone use a kayak for crabbing?
I hope to have a test in both kayaks at sunstate hobie next week,but any advise or tips from anyone would be greatly appriciated.
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Cam
 

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Hiya Cam, welcome along. Sorry mate, I'm not sure about ya questions but somebody will come along with an answer :D
 

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Hi Cam

The longer Adventure will be harder to turn in tight spots but will get you anywhere faster.

Absolutly use the Mirage Drive in surf, the torque cant be beat.

The fins will bounce off obstructions

The sail kits are heaps of fun.

Sorry, I dont mess with crabs. Not enough meat on them for something that can fight back like that.

There are bass in Lake Mc Donald take your gear and troll a lure when you test with Mal.

Cheers

Scott
 

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Hi Cam,

I ended up with the Outback over the sport for the storage space & deck layout.
I think the outback being wider has more usable deck space than the sport or the adventure.
I think you could pack plenty into the outback for a weekend camping trip.

I would imagine the adventure would be a bit cumbersome in small rivers and creeks; you would need to get the paddle out to turn the adventure in tight spots.

It's a tough choice you have between two fantastic craft. Mal will help you out and as Scott says there are fish to be caught in Lake MacDonald - Caught three on the day I was 'testing' the Hobies.

Apparently you can bend the drive if you whack something hard enough. But you can straighten them out.

My thoughts are that if you were doing longer trips/camping in the ocean/bay then the adventure (maybe with the turbo fins as well). Camping trips in the rivers/easturies the the outback.

But as always: Test them both out and see what you are comfortable with.
 

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Hi Cam,

Sorry to say I haven't pedalled an Adventure, but I do have an Outback and love it.

About the only question I can answer is :
camj said:
What happens to the mirage drive if you hit submerged rocks/logs?
I hit a submerged log on the Huon river recently, I ws pedalling along at about 3 knots at the time, when suddenly I came to a jarring stop. Once I realized what had happened I just let the current drag me backwards and angled around it.

Abosultely no damage to either the Yak or Mirage drive, not even a scratch on the flippers. Which surpised me considering how hard it felt like ti hit, but all was good above and below decks.
 

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I cant help with any of the questions sadly but i can say my next yak is going to be the Adventure with turbo fins 8)
 

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Thanks everyone for your feedback.I don't think I'm any closer to a decision though.I'll let you know what I decide after I've had a test run.
Cam
 

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Hello
I had a test drive yesterday and decided on the Outback.The Adventure had the turbo fins fitted and was much faster, but I think the Outback will suit me better in the rivers and estuarys and still be OK for the odd trip in the bay.I'll pick it up in a couple of weeks.
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Great choice Camj, the Outback is a top fishing platform for rivers and estuarys and really holds its own both in the bays and offshore as well. Steve.
 

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Nice choice Cam!
 

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Could someone give me an idea on the price of an outback?
 

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shayned,
ballpark $2200, complete with seat, bumbag & bottles, cooler, wheels, drybag, anchor & mirage drive - that is the "fish" package. They come ready for the water straight out of the box (I don't sell them). There are a variety of additional options (eg turbo fins) that can push the price up. (this price was for Sydney Metro, YMMV).
 
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