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.

 

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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Let’s Go Fishin’!

Hobie Kayaks recently announced that they’ll be partnering with the Inshore Fishing Association (IFA) to be the presenting sponsor of the newly-formed IFA Kayak Fishing Tour. The IFA Kayak Fishing Tour offers an alternative for those anglers whose preference is for a non-motorized, self-propelled boat. The events will be held on Sundays, each one following a Saturday IFA Redfish Tournament designed for motorized boats of 15′ and longer.

“Hobie Fishing, like the IFA, is dedicated to educating the fishing public on the importance of maintaining the country’s fishing resources and promoting the friendly spirit of competition,” commented Doug Skidmore, president of Hobie Cat Company.

So, after a little research on The Red Fish Tour’s website, we’re sad to say that it doesn’t look like any of the tour stops will be coming to our neck of the woods. That doesn’t mean, however, that they won’t be coming to yours – so check! And even if you, like us, won’t get to see a bunch of guys cruising in kayaks for the biggest fish in the pond, that doesn’t mean you can’t give kayak fishing a try.

There are a lot of benefits of kayak fishing vs. other methods:
* Lower cost of investment than a motorized boat
* Easier to transport than a motorized boat
* Long lifespan and virtually maintanence free
* The lack of noise means that you’ll get in the fish faster than anyone with a motor
* The mobility of a kayak will allow you to go places a bigger, motorized boat can’t go
* You’ll be able to fish holes and locations you can’t with a pair of waders
* And at the end of the day you’ll get some exercise to get a head start on that BBQ & refreshments you plan to enjoy later

We sell a lot of boats at the shop that are suitable for kayak fishing. While most are multi-purpose, several are definitely focused on fishing. Of those boats, the Hobie fishing kayaks are definitely a stand out. It’s hard to beat being able to propel with your feet, leaving your hands free for your rod and gear. Not only that, Hobie has a great line up of fishing accessories that will always guarantee a full Christmas wish list.

If you’re in our area, we have Hobie’s ready to go for rental/demo. Take them out and see what you think of kayak fishing!

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