Thinking of switching to Hobie
Posted by: old_user on Mar-08-12 9:57 AM (EST)
I have a Tarpon 120, replaced with Native Marvel 12. Tarpon too heavy. Love Marvel except draining it.
Seriously thinking of switching (both husband and myself) to Hobie's paddle system. As I get older (I was 65 when I started this several years ago) I hesitate to go a long distance because about 5 miles is my limit especially fighting wind and current. I would like to be able to go farther to fish without worrying about paddling back. That said, I AM a very strong paddler and end up waiting for hubby who is in a Manta Ray and not as fast for whatever reason, SO we would both need to switch to Hobie's. We mainly fish lakes and the New River (in VA) but go to FL every year that we can. Now have Hullavator's to load so weight not as much of an issue.
Opinions on whether or not this would be a mistake?
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I love the Hobie Revolution for|
Posted by: FishinYak on Mar-08-12 11:29 AM (EST)
just this reason. *Note: I was a Local Hobie Fishing Team member until having to resign the position when I moved to current location.
Posted by: old_user on Mar-08-12 4:07 PM (EST)
Thanks for the feedback. Really appreciate it. I love to paddle but I think we both will enjoy it more if we paddle because we want to and not because we have to. I will remember what you said and see about some spare parts it we make the deal.
Native Watercraft Mariner|
Posted by: old_user on Mar-08-12 3:34 PM (EST)
Since you are already familiar with the Native watercraft kayaks, you should consider the Mariner for a pedal drive solution. They are fast, have a sealed aluminum prop for the drive that needs very little maintenance, are able to go backwards, and are stable enough to stand in. Also, the Mariner has the same 1st class seating that the Marvel does. The seat is removable and works as a stand alone camp chair.
Hobie vs Native paddle|
Posted by: old_user on Mar-08-12 4:11 PM (EST)
Love Great Outdoors which is where I got my Marvel but we tried the Native paddle and didn't like it. Test driving the Hobie (in Texas) this afternoon so maybe we will like it, maybe we won't. Lot's of money to spend on something if it's not the right thing.
Hobie vs Mariner|
Posted by: old_user on Mar-08-12 9:16 PM (EST)
Well, I may just have to try the Mariner when I get back in N.C. Not sure I liked the Hobie when it came to paddling. It seemed like it was all over the place compared to my Marvel in the wind. The rudder was great and I was getting used to the peddling but I obviously have more upper body strength or am just in better shape in my arms and shoulders. Don't know what to do so may not do anything. Not sure I would like the peddles in the middle of my boat, either boat.
Posted by: barrell on May-13-12 11:34 PM (EST)
You dont buy a Hobie to paddle it.For fishing and long distance in a short package the Hobies have no equals. If you insist on paddling oncein awhile look at the Revo models but the Outback is the best seller.
Fatigue from paddling|
Posted by: mickeys4 on Mar-24-12 10:36 AM (EST)
If you want to paddle farther....|
Posted by: FrankNC on Apr-05-12 5:56 PM (EST)
then get a boat that paddles better. There is a real difference between a 12 footer and a 14 footer in ease of paddling and when I'm going to paddle more than 20 miles in a day I need a 14 to 18 foot boat to do it.
Alot of fans at Northwest Kayak Anglers|
Posted by: alpalmer on Apr-06-12 8:37 PM (EST)
use Hobie watercraft for fishing on flat water and out on the Pacific Ocean. Check out their website and maybe engage some of the forum members in order to find out if Hobie systems are right for you.
Posted by: Peter-CA on Apr-07-12 11:00 AM (EST)
California Kayaker Magazine had an article comparing the Hobie drive to the Native Watercraft drive in Issue #2 - Summer 2010. Both systems are good, but also have their limitations, and the article talks about these. You can read it online for free at http://www.calkayakermag.com/magazine.html.
Hobies and fishing|
Posted by: old_user on May-16-12 8:35 AM (EST)
We have a fair number of people in our paddle club with Hobies including myself. I think they make great fishing platforms and are built fairly well. Some of the spots I fish are quite remote and it's nice to be able to change it up to peddle or paddle along the way but the biggest advantage is getting to fish while peddling along or take a drink while underway. They are a little pricey but if I lost all of my kayaks, one of the peddle drives would. E the first to be replaced.
Posted by: notso on May-24-12 12:06 AM (EST)
I'm not sure what sections of the New you frequently paddle, but I fish the Pembroke-Perrisburg (sp) area a few times a year, and I wouldn't dream of taking a mirage drive around there. There are a few deep sections, but there are a lot of rocks that would just LOVE to eat a peddle drive. JMHO