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  1. Nice Brad, happy for the young man. He swoled up since I last saw him! There are stripers in the rivers and lakes down yonder. Trout too. But prolly lots o' Girls Gone Wild. YED road trip!
  2. $80 for both pairs shipped? If so I'll take em both please. The black and gray ones are turbos.
  3. Make sure you're not too tall or heavy for these little boats. Taller people have trouble getting the proper leg room they need to pedal effectively. Reservoirs can be kinda large- wind has more effect on open water so you may wish to think about this before you pass up on a 12-14' hull for a 10-11' hull, which is better to deal with wind-cocking and can provide more glide and speed. I know you're set on a pedal drive system, but for smaller waters I have a few 10' Wilderness Systems Tarpon (T100) and a Native kayak (model escapes me). Perfect puddle jumpers for ponds and streams, no drive to catch up on rocks and shoals, or fly lines to tangle with. Less things to remember and lose, and easier to portage from the vehicle. I'm waiting for the supply chain to improve to get some 180MD + kick up fins for my revos though, since the lake I live on has some shallow rocky coves and I'm tired of bending my fin rods back. Good luck whatever you choose!
  4. If the electrical components can handle some salt... dayum! Anyone getting one?
  5. Good to hear first-hand experiences on this forum. Any issues with the masts not returning properly due to rubbing & friction? Thanks KnewBee.
  6. I saw that too. Guy kept working them until they got smoother. It'll give me something to do this winter during COVID shutdown again...
  7. I'm gonna buy 2 MD 180 + KU and keep my V2s as back up. Hobie reps, dealers, and MM all stated possibly a September release.
  8. No, but I dare you to ask someone if they'd like to see your bone-conduction microphone...
  9. If I were you, I'd rent it for cyclists who have jobs. Maybe get in touch with a local club, group of people who ride together, racers, triathletes. More likely to find people close by, they may have high end carbon-framed bikes, they may have multiple bikes, and may not interested in your stuff and hobbies. You can get more bikes in and have more potential renters o a recurring basis than to find a fellow kayaker who eventually will find it tiring to go find parking and load/unload their kayak from your garage.
  10. Lucky dude; listening to him it sounds like at least he & his brother presumably learned a lot from this nerve-wracking experience.
  11. Check out NRS, Austin Canoe & Kayak, etc. Order different sizes and ship back the ones that don't fit or you don't like. You might end up paying more for the return but beats settling for crappy or no inventory, or getting COVID. The only reason to go out is to grab some personal time away from wife and family. JK. Sort of...
  12. I have suggested to Hobie to create some sort of carbon or alloy frame to reinforce the seating areas and drivewell stress points. I'm no engineer, but obviously the hulls need more support than rotomolding designs can achieve on its own- so far. Stuffing these voids with hard foam might help, but I'd think if you go the other way suspension kinematics would be overkill for a plastic boat experiencing mostly low speed compression and uncommon rebound forces. You take the middle 3rd of a Jackson $10K kayak hull and rotomold the rest of a Hobie around that and I think it would be just bomber. Yeah, I typed it from my armchair so I'm an expert now LOL.
  13. I helped my friend buy and transport and 10.5 and got to test ride it yesterday. My thoughts compared to Revo 11, 13, Oasis, and Sport roto-molds: Passport hull is light, and FEELs light on the water. Feels most like a Sport. I think this can be pushed around too easily for my liking in windy conditions or big swells. I think the rudder is too short and narrow- Hobie or someone else needs make an alternate larger sailing rudder imo, as the delay in steering is noticeable. Maybe if the rear tankwell was loaded up with more weight it could bit into the water column better. The rudder has to be manually deployed so if you strike something and it kicks up, you may have to give her an ol' reach around. The ST fins on the reliable V2 drive feels super smooth. The drivewell and locking mechanism comes from their inflatable series so I m not used to it. It doesn't seem as robust as the Click and Go but worked fine. The open deck is nice for a change, but the seat doesn't appear to be adjustable in height, so I definitely felt on top of the hull vs. inside it compared to my Revos with the old style seats. The 12 allows you to buy a rectangular hatch and self-install (or via dealer), and you can move the existing 8" round midship hatch to the bow or stern, and buy a second 8" round so you can have 3 storage compartments. The 10.5 midship hatch cannot be upgraded to the rectangular hatch. My opinion: I would not buy this model, even the 12 for ocean use. My friend bought it for lake use, so it's perfect. Protected SW bays and harbors yes, but I'd rather buy a well-cared for used roto-molded Hobie for the same price. Good luck and be safe!
  14. I have and use this kit, but not the welding pieces as they are not HDPE which I needed for rotomolded hulls. Did you contact Hobie yet? Is the livewell HDPE? If it were mine and HDPE, I would sand the area and use stainless steel fine mesh and thin cut sheets of HDPE from a similar colored laundry detergent tub or similar plastic. The large area would require a heat gun and or torch though, to melt it. I'd use a large metal spackle blade to press the soft molten plastic into each other- but have a bucket of ice water handy to prevent full meltdown. You can use the welder to reach inside the livewell to meld the seam from the inside but may need add'l plastic. Long 12" tweezers or forceps help, the kind you' use to feed baby vipers pinky mice. Then if I was still concerned, I'd use West Systems epoxy for plastic boats and cover my handy work. I've performed these exact steps on a neighbor's kayak when someone drilled a few dime sized holes in the hull bottom. She has been using it for 3 years since the repair and it has been stored in open sunlight without any discernible UV damage or other wear. That said, that sucks it cracked like that. If you don't want to deal with all this hassle, see if you can buy a similar colored pet food container with screw on lid. Best prices would be from Home Goods rather than pet stores, and you can drill new holes and and silicone the fittings once you move everything over to the new jug.
  15. Spot on. It's usually 2 hours door to first cast for me for the SS ocean. My SW fishing's gone waay down since I moved up north 14 years ago.