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  1. 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...
  2. 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.
  3. 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!
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. You're right, thanks man
  7. Any shops that are allowing customers in to try on waders? I need a pair for my son on Sunday. We’re at Demo now and will be leaving after sunrise. J&H? Thanks SOL
  8. Thanks guys. I ended up ordering 3 different sized pairs of Frog Toggs from Amazon for him to try out. J&H was closed Sunday morning...
  9. 12 y.o. & wears size 7 men...
  10. Hobie rep told me maybe September...
  11. My son has been bugging me about the 180 MD to upgrade his R11, but now saw the version with kick up fins. Does anyone know if the MD180 + Kick UP fins are compatible with 2012 & 13 Revo hulls? We are still running our bombproof V2 drives in the Click and Go hulls (Revo 11 & 13 models). Waiting for Hobie to answer as well, and yes, I know about the recall in certain versions of the kick ups. Thanks
  12. Jodi from Hobie replied that they are, so maybe late this year or next year when they sell them as stand alone drives...
  13. I’ve been out 3 times using this Backjoy ortho-spine cushion. Made of material that Crocs seem to be made of. They don’t slip while paddling and floats. Last ditch recommendation on a modification rather than an upgrade, but cheaper at $30. Better than the Hobie inflatable cushion.
  14. I like this cushion, it’s like Crocs for yer bum. I need to tether it to my crap Gen 1 Hobie seat, but it is better than the Hobie air cushion too.
  15. Nice C&R!
  16. You can try Ram mounts and just swivel them out of the way while paddling...
  17. I just read this but heard your voice quote it vividly LOL
  18. I just picked this up for my old style hull w/o Vantage. It’s basically Crocs, but for yer bum. I’ll try it on the deck with the seat on top, and the other way around to see which is better.
  19. Pic 1 looks like shad, pic 2 looks like blue...
  20. Thanks for the update. Hogs are a species of Special Concern in NYS. WCS/Bronx Zoo and the NPS reintroduced them to Gateway NRA and FINS a few decades ago. Plenty of Fowler’s toads for them to eat at WE2. I’m gonna reach out to some of my contacts and see if they can inquire about this site and piggyback their presence on the plover situation.
  21. Hey, did you take this pic of this Eastern hognose at WE2 dock area? If so, please PM me, thanks
  22. Just call Bimini Bay and ask...
  23. Springtime bump
  24. Used pair of older model Hullavators with mounting clamps for square bars only. Works fine- I just don’t need 3 pairs of them. Please visit Thule’s website to check vehicle compatibility. Personally, I would not use them on vehicles with naked roofs that you can add aftermarket rack mounts to, but only those that come with roof rails or fixed screw-in mounting positions since these are heavy and put a lot of stress on the racks during operation. $350 firm; meet in the Bronx, Westchester, Rockland and Putnam.