Hobie Mirage 360 Drive Updates

If you have purchased a new 2017 Hobie Kayak from us or anyone else you will want to read this. This addresses any kayaks shipped to dealers before November 1 2016. So even if you end up buying a Hobie Kayak in July, this could impact your kayak. In a nutshell, if your drive is feeling slugish or is just not working as well as expected this applies to you. Please read:

Hobie Cat Dealer Bulletin
Proper Fin Adjustment For Hobie® MirageDrive® 180
We have discovered that our factory has over-tightened the fin adjuster knobs on MirageDrive 180s delivered in the past few weeks.

In this condition the fins are not able to properly “travel” from side to side. The performance and feel of the drives will be sluggish as well. While we try to allow users to fine tune the drives as a feature… over tensioning the fins is problematic. This can also lead to damage of the traveler slot in the “boom” fitting.

We will be building drives in the loosest setting from now forward. We request that dealers and users do the same adjustments by following the instructions on page 12, item 2 of the manual to “loosen” the fins as highlighted below. The fins must be able to travel easily from side to side.

To properly adjust the MD180 fin tension, turn the adjuster knob until the stainless lock nut nearly touches the embedded brass nut. That would be the loosest fin setting.

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Mirage Kayak Manual – MD-180

MirageDrive Mast Bend / Proper Straightening
When a MirageDrive mast contacts the bottom or other obstruction it is possible to bend the mast. Proper technique for straightening the mast will avoid further damage to the drive.

Once a mast is bent, you can straighten it again, in most cases. To straighten a mast, first remove the fin. This is a MUST, due to possible damage to the fin and/or outhaul block fittings. If you over-bend the mast forward, you can place significant load on the aft attachment point of the fin and damage can be caused.

To remove a MD180 fin, use a pair of pliers to hold the stainless nut located at the bottom end of the adjuster screw. Turn the adjuster knob as shown in the diagram below. Once the nut is removed you can continue to turn the knob until the entire screw is released from the fin.

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For older version MirageDrive fins, remove the clevis pin and ring.

Once the fin is removed, one option is to bend it forward while the drive is installed in the MirageDrive well. Position the hull on its side or upside-down. This will hold the drive securely while you leverage the mast back into proper position.

Another option and easier… if you have a vise… is to clamp the bent mast into the vise and by pulling on the drive for leverage, bend it back into position.

Re-install the fin.

MirageDrive 180 Parts Guide

 

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Click here to download a  Large size diagram of Hobie Mirage 360 Drive and parts_guide

These parts will be available for repair of damaged drives, but we still will not be selling complete drives until next spring or summer.

Turbo fin upgrade kits also continue to be on hold until drive production is fully up-to-speed.

 

Kayak Shed Fishing Team Report : Fishing for Sturgeon

When you have one last opportunity to get some sturgeon meat for your freezer, you rally early. My intention was to be at the ramp by 6:30 in the morning and on the water by 7:00, giving me a good 6 to 7 hours to catch my keeper. Well I over slept my alarm, rushed to get my stuff together, and headed into Portland. I finally hit George Rodgers Park in Lake Oswego at about 8:00 and after taking my sweet time getting ready I launched at about 9. In the process of getting ready, I realized that I had an anchor set-up but only enough line for about 20-25 feet of water. Well that doesn’t work too well in 75-80 feet of water. Thankfully the kayak fishing community is a great bunch of folks and I knew that one of them would let me tie up with them, tournament or not.
I started heading up to one of my favorite spots. I passed by one of my fishing buddies and swung over to chat. I came to find out he was in that spot because he had lost his anchor earlier that morning. The current was nearly non-existent where he was fishing and I decided that it wouldn’t be a bad spot to drop a line for a bit. I baited my line with a bit of squid and sent it down. It wasn’t down more than a minute be fore I was getting my first tap tap tap. It’d been a while since I have been sturgeon fishing… I missed the bite. This happened a couple more times. Tap tap tap… I miss the bite. Tap tap tap… I miss the bite. Finally I was thinking that I had forgotten how to catch a fish. Then it happened… tap tap-SET THE HOOK- I wasn’t waiting for the perfect bite anymore. Fish on and the fight began.
Since I wasn’t on anchor I was getting towed around a bit. No crazy up or down river runs but it was moving me around the hole pretty well. The fight lasted probably a good 10 minutes, with a couple good runs stripping line off the reel. Finally got the bugger to the side of my Outback and heaved him onboard. With a bit of help measuring, I realized I had landed a keeper and was done for the day. I had only been on the water for about an hour and a half.

 

I hadn’t gotten the chance go see all my fishing buddies out on the water so I put my fish on ice, and my buddy Nate in the back of the Outback and headed back out on the water.
And that’s what happens when you limit out early.

* note: this post was “misplaced” and took place last year when it was legal to bring home sturgeon. at the present time, it is illegal to keep sturgeon.

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Coming this September! The Hobie Pro Angler 17T

We are incredibly excited to announce that we will have the just announced, all new Pro Anger 17T in store this September, ready for you and your favorite fishing partner to head out on your next adventure!

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Below is Hobie’s press release:

Oceanside, California, July 15, 2014 – Fishing out of one of Hobie’s Pro Angler 12- or 14’s is so much fun that Hobie is now making it possible for two anglers to share the experience in the same boat. Introducing the Pro Angler 17T. Three different configurations include traditional in-line tandem seating, face-to-face social tandem or solo, all with enough room for man’s best four-legged friend…and with plenty of space for standing, casting and fly fishing in comfort. 

This new Pro Angler 17T integrates all the features of its predecessors including Hobie’s iconic patented MirageDrive® pedal system and Vantage XT seating and adds new features such as the H-Rail System for customizing accessories, a tracking skeg for covering long distances and a battery platform for an optional trolling motor, crate or small cooler. The result is like nothing else on the market. A human-powered 17’ fishing machine. No gas needed, no-motor-zone compliant and made in the U.S.A. It does not get better.

“We challenged ourselves to expand our Pro Angler collection with a fully decked-out guide-style tandem where the aft passenger could provide MirageDrive power and put the front angler on the fish. We also wanted it to have the ability to hold an optional trolling motor for use as a bass boat,” commented Doug Skidmore, president of Hobie Cat Company. “Our new Pro Angler 17T meets that challenge.”

All anglers know that customizing their watercraft is a major part of ownership fun. The new patent-pending twelve-sided H-Rail mounting system runs along each side of the boat and provides a quick and easy way to secure multitudes of accessories. Two-each H-Rail Mounting Plates, Rod Racks and Cup Holders come stock with the boat. An infinite number of optional accessories can then be added to the H-Rail such as tackle bins, fish finders, camera mount or rod holders. 

The large rudder provides steerage and maneuverability while the new drop-down tracking skeg can be deployed when covering long distances in challenging conditions. An optional anchor trolley kit for anchors, drift chutes, nets or stakeout poles is easy to install using eight strategically placed brass inserts on each side. An optional Power-Pole® Micro with a customized Hobie mount can be added to the stern.

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Our Sportsman Show Pro Angler!

With the increase of great fishing kayaks and kayak fishing as a sport, we decided to take our “show on the road” last month to the 2013 Pacific Northwest Sportman’s Show! We had a great time making new friends, chatting with “old” ones and sharing what we’ve learned about fishing from kayaks in all of the great waters the Pacific Northwest has to offer (sea, whitewater, slow moving water and lakes!) .

One of our most talked about boats was a fully loaded Hobie Kayak Pro Angler. This was a special rig we did for the show and, with two more heading out the door this morning, we thought we’d share this very popular set up:

* Hobie Pro Angler (turbo fins, seat, paddle AND water bottle included!)
* Hobie Livewell Bait Tank
* Hobie Lowrance Elite 4 DSI Fish Finder GPS
* Robocup (not online but available)
* Hobie Rod Holder Extensions
* Hobie H-Bar
* Hobie Ram Fly Rod Holder & Base
* Hobie Full Size Fish Finder Installation Kit
* Hobie RAM Fish Finder Full Size Mount

Sound like a dream set up? We thought so and, according to a lot of the feedback we received at the show, we weren’t alone! Here are a couple pictures of the boats heading to new homes and new water this morning (with the lovely Angie providing a person for a little scale): 


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Fishing Modifications to a Hobie Revolution 11 : Part 1

Recently we were given the very exciting opportunity to do a custom modification for a customer on a Hobie Kayaks Revolution 11, transforming it into one of the meanest fishing kayaks out there! The Revolution 11, the little brother of the always popular Revolution 13, is a new addition this year to Hobie’s line up. Though it’s smaller size allows this boat to be more nimble and easier to transport than the Revolution 13, it hasn’t taken away from it’s stability and has only slightly reduced it’s on-water speed. With fishing accessories already built into it’s DNA, such as two molded-in rod holders and a location for Hobie’s Livewell system, it was the perfect boat to use as our customization platform! Over the next few weeks, we’ll be taking you along with us as we install the following (and more!):
* Lowrance Structure scan
* Lowrance HDS Fish Finder
* Lowrance Sirius Satellite
* Lowrance Sonic Hub
* Ram Fly Rod Mount
* Hobie Anchor Trolley
* Hobie eVolve Motor

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A Non-Fisherman Reports on Fishing in the Hobie Oasis

One of my goals this year was to catch something and then eat it. Rabbits are too fast, so I had to resort to fishing. My dad, an avid fisherman, has tried to take me fishing on multiple occasions, but I have gone fishing more than I have caught fish (though my Dad called them bait).

Yesterday, a friend and I took out the Hobie Oasis and a couple of borrowed poles. We were fishing for dinner, so given my past experience, I suspected that it would take all day for me to catch anything at all.

After 2 hours, we had caught 9 Rainbow Trout, 5 of which I caught! This is a fish story, but those numbers are no exaggeration. I finally understand why people like fishing: it’s fun when you actually catch fish.

As a whitewater kayaker, I have always thought of a tandem kayak as more of a novelty, not something that you would ever buy. However, fishing in the Hobie Oasis was really enjoyable for several reasons. I get bored easily, so it was nice to have someone right next to you to talk to without worrying about “scaring the fish.” When either of us caught a fish, dealing with getting it off the hook was a breeze, since one person could hold the pole while the other freed the fish. Having the tandem also made it easy and maintainable to get up to “trolling speed.”

The Hobie Oasis was great, but there were a few things that I wish were different. There is some Hobie gear that I would want added, for example Rod Holders. I was scared to put 100% into casting in the Oasis. I cannot say that I have good technique or precision aim, and I like the person that I was kayaking with, so I was scared that I might hook him. This is when the Hobie Pro Angler would be awesome! The Pro Angler allows you to get into the sweet spots, but still stand up to cast.

In summary, I had a great time fishing in the Hobie. So much so that I plan on going again. And who wouldn’t when you are catching fish roughly every 13 minutes?

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How to get a Cat for your Dog


We’re big fans of our new shop cat. Hobie cat, that is. You can sail, you can peddle, you can paddle… What’s not to love? And now Hobie just announced trampolines for the Mirage Adventure Island! In addition to adding more fun (who doesn’t like trampolines?), they also do the following:

* Add space for carrying gear (so you CAN take that extra fishing pole)
* Allow you to move weight outboard for better performance in windy conditions
* Comfortable sitting or laying down position (pass the tanning lotion!)
* Carry additional crew / kids / pets (does not increase basic weight capacity)
* Reduce spray in cockpit

Want to give the ‘er a try? We have a demo at the shop! Come on down and take her for a test sail/peddle/paddle!

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