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.

 

Hobie Eclipse SUP UPDATED Expected delivery dates

Thanks for all of your continued patience. We feel like a 6 year old waiting for Christmas. Except  December 24th date keeps moving on us. In an attempt to keep all of you as up to date as possible We wanted to tell you everything we know about when to expect seeing any more Eclipse SUP boards.

As an authorized Hobie Eclipse SUP dealer we can only are allotted a few Eclipse SUP boards per location on the initial shipments. Believe me its not many at all and we have tried hard to get more. Some Eclipse boards are starting to  ship from Hobie to dealers around the nation. Most dealers will not see there first boards until June. We project getting a first shipment of Eclipse boards in May. That initial shipment has been pre-sold. If you were one of the lucky few that ordered your board right away. Well you’re going to get one early! Nice work. We have another shipment booked and we guesstimate it will be here in July. At this point we are sold of that  shipment as well. We predict some may not want to wait that long and may cancel. Totally understand and no problem. Let us know if that’s what you’d like to do and we will take care of you.

So on to the issue at hand. You want a board and you have not had a chance to reserve one yet…. Get ready …. set …wait! Yea sorry. But that’s what it’s looking like.

Hobie just released the message below. Basically it says the next round of Eclipse SUP Boards are not going to ship until September at the earliest. Ouch …wow. Not sure how to take this news. Certainly disappointing for both you as amazing customers as well as us – best retailer ever:) . To that, it is what it is and not a lot either of us can do about it. The Eclipse boards have been so well received Hobie simply cant make enough. Its crazy. Hobie suggests below that customers should reserve boards with there local dealers by placing a deposit with us to reserve your board. Well that’s a good way to do it. Why? Well Hobie is requiring dealers put a deposit for each pre-ordered board with them. To be open its kinda odd but makes sense. Alright. So how should we do this? Currently our website is set up to charge all or nothing. we cant really charge for partial payment. We are working on a solution to that. in the mean time Place an order on our site and we will refund all but $300 for any Boards ordered with a September delivery date.

As always have any questions please give us a call at 1-877-725-2925

Here’s the statement Hobie just released:

      “Message to Our Hobie Mirage Eclipse Customers”

May. 11, 2016 by Hobie Cat Company

Due to the resounding response to the Mirage Eclipse, we recommend you contact your local Hobie dealer to reserve yours today.

First and foremost, we want to thank you for your positive response to our newest product category, the game-changing Hobie Mirage Stand Up Boards! We certainly expected this innovative new category to have a major impact on the world of watersports when we launched the Mirage Eclipse series in April; we have been amazed and grateful beyond belief that the response would be so instant, so global, and so eager —- clearly a product gone viral!

It is evident that the Mirage Eclipse has resonated with water sports enthusiasts the world over. It is particularly amazing to have a response of this magnitude, virtually selling out most of our dealers’ Mirage Eclipse allocations immediately, given that this product has sold primarily without the opportunity to ‘touch and feel’ the product. Our Mirage Eclipse video has clearly brought this product to life in a huge way.

To say this response was unprecedented is a gross understatement, which is saying a lot given the dozens and dozens of successful product launches Hobie Cat Company has been a part of through the years. We sincerely apologize for the delay in our ability to deliver the volume of product needed to satisfy the market demand for the Hobie Mirage Eclipse series. While we have already started shipping meaningful quantities of Mirage Eclipse boards, it is becoming apparent that our deliveries will stretch out beyond this summer season in most markets before satisfying initial customer demand.

If you have not yet ordered your Hobie Mirage Eclipse, our best suggestion is that you contact your local Mirage Eclipse dealer and find out what the current backlog is. In most cases, it will be possible to place a deposit towards future production to reserve your place in line for the next available Mirage Eclipse in your area.

With a deposit in place, your Hobie dealer will stay in communication with you as to when you may expect delivery as we provide them with production updates.

We sincerely regret not being able to get each and every one of you your Hobie Mirage Eclipse board tomorrow! We can, however, promise you that it will be worth waiting for —- the customers who have received their Mirage Eclipses are head-over-heels over their fun new boards that have opened up a whole new view from the water for them as they Step On and Go.

Hobie’s mission continues to be getting everyone on the water having the time of their lives with our many unique, innovative watersports products, as we have been doing since 1950. Most of these Hobie® products are readily available today throughout the world. In the case of the Mirage Eclipse series, we are committed to getting those on the shelves of our global dealer network as soon as we possibly can. On behalf of the entire Hobie Cat Company team, thanks so very much for your support of the Hobie Brand and our products. Check out Hobie Kayaks here, Hobie Gear here, Hobie Eclipse SUP 12 here, and Hobie Eclipse SUP 10.5 here

Hobie Eclipse SUP Expected delivery dates

“Wow!” is all we can say to the overwhelming response to Hobie’s new Eclipse SUP boards! Hobie expected these to do well but no one saw the explosive media coverage and resulting customer demand coming!

We have been fielding a lot questions since Hobie’s introduction of this board, primarily surrounding availability. In an attempt to keep all of our customers well informed, here is the process we have set up and what we know to date:

– We are currently taking pre-orders for all sizes and all colors

– The pre-orders are on a “first come, first served” basis, based on the availability of the board you’ve pre-ordered. This does mean that your buddy down the street who ordered after you could get their board first if they ordered something different and it becomes available to us before the one you ordered does.

– Hobie currently has two shipments of boards scheduled. Our early shipment (scheduled for late April/mid May) is SOLD OUT while we still have a couple of boards available in the second shipment (scheduled for late May/early June). We expect a third shipment to arrive 30-60 days following that, though Hobie is not taking pre-orders or providing a schedule for this shipment.

This is, of course, further out than we – and you, undoubtably – were hoping to see. Hobie is doing their best to keep up with the overwhelming demand and to ship evenly across their Eclipse dealerships.

We thank all of you who have placed orders with us! Will we be doing our best to keep you in the loop by contacting you directly to give you our best estimate on when you’ll see your board. Remember, you can cancel your order for a full refund at any time.

Thank you for your understanding and patience! We know how excited you are to get on your Eclipse! We can’t wait to get on one either!

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Outdoor Retailer 2014 : Day 1 : Hobie Kayaks, Torch Paddles, Astral & Immersion Research

Hobie Kayaks

Hobie Kayaks has updated just about every boat they’re putting out for 2015. We’ll be doing a bigger download just on Hobie once we get home and can detail all of the changes for you, but in the meantime, here are a few highlights!

Hobie Kayaks Outback

Hobie Kayaks Outfitter

Hobie Kayaks Oasis

Hobie Kayaks Seat

The Venturi drain is a new addition – when you’re cruising along, pull the cord to open the drain and the  boats movement creates a vacuum to suck the water out of your boat.

And last, but certainly not least, the new Mirage drive! 


Torch Paddles

The folks at Torch are coming out with some really inventive and high quality paddles. If you’re an after (or before?) work SUPer or paddlers, you’re going to love these light up paddles! SUP and kayak paddles coming out next year for roughly $250.

Astral Designs

The fine folks at Astral put out some great shoes with the Brewer, Rassler and Porter, so they have expanded their shoe line to include everything from pure water shoes to shoes that threaten to be considered downright fashionable.
To highlight a couple of our favorites, the Aquanaut will be a rugged shoe with extra stability, maximum ventilation and high friction rubber meant for both dirt and water. If your adventures will take you to the trail and the river next spring or summer, this may be the shoe for you! MSRP $125
If you’re looking for a shoe that’s built to last but will fit in your playboat, the Loyak is the shoe for you to watch for next spring! With recessed stitching that binds the bomber Cordura upper to the razor-sipped sole this low profile, moccasin-like shoe will be with you for a long time.

Immersion Research

What’s new, amazing and a great price at under $1000 (ok, we understand that “under $1k” and “great price” don’t always go hand-in-hand, but it does here!)? The new 7Figure dry suit from IR! This thing looks good, feels good and we are laying odds that we’ll be able to add “performs great” to that list. The seams are solid, the zipper is great and the fabric has outperformed and outlasted Gore-Tex in testing. Boom!
Don’t need a full dry suit? IR has that covered too (of course!). Introducing the IR 7Figure drytop! Same great quality as the drysuit, a screamin’ deal at $389.

 

Have questions regarding any particular product or vendor? Hit us up in the comments, on Facebook or Twitter!Now on to Day 2 of the 2014 Outdoor Retailer Show!

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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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