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Submitted: 03-22-2013 by tluke
Reviewing the Hobie TI, without the sailrig and aka's, and with just paddles:
With the sail rig, it's nice and stable, and will perform as expected, speedy a little leg effort on the Mirage drive with the sail out and you can get a long way. It is great for island hoping in coastal waters, a 25 mile trek is not a big deal.
Without the sail rig, it's a heavy, long boat. It will haul a lot, and, again, Hobie's Mirage drive make it really easy to get around, 6 to 10 miles are no sweat.
Without the Mirage drive and rudder and a little breeze, and shallow water, it gets weather cocked like crazy and starts to become what you would expect of a 18' 6" boat with lots of freeboard, just like a canoe.
What I really like about the TI (Hobie Tandem Island) is the support from Hobie. They have a great set of forums to post questions, modifications, repairs, etc.
It's a great boat, especially because you can take someone out for a ride with you.
That said, I still love my wood 17' Chesapeake from CLC, I just don't want to ever have to choose just one boat.