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  1. Back to the original question, I think the mirage drive absolutely puts more stress in the hull, because it relies on strong lateral shear forces, constantly going back and forth to move the kayak. That left and right twisting force in the kayak hull must put more stress on it compared to a propeller drive that mostly absorbs the rotation force in its own housing. That could explain why propeller drive failures are more at the drive itself than on the hull?
  2. I’d not use gel or grease as it may attract sand. I think a light coating of liquid lubricant or WD is what’s recommended.
  3. They've been all over the south shore this season. I understand the OP's point, but there are two issues. First, when these little guys are sabiki'd, they are already traumatized. Even if they are released, the mortality rate will probably be pretty high since their soft heads have been partially smashed already and their protective slime has been worn off with handling. Second, when you are on a boat, desperately seeking bait (and fighting against time), you don't always have the luxury of releasing perfectly usable and legal bait fish. And the bass do like bonito very much. Unless there is some kind of a sea herring type limitation, the "slaughter" will probably continue.
  4. My mirage drive is almost 4 years old. I just rinse it really well with fresh water and do a very light spray of wd-40 on moving parts. No rust, no issues. The metal components are high quality, they are probably all marine grade 316 SS.
  5. You seem like a smart guy. Ever heard of a term called contrast? By getting a faded blue kayak you would be minimizing your contrast with the massive blue background that you are in. It doesn’t mean that you will definitely get hit by a boat. Just as it doesn’t mean that your new papaya color will save you from a collision. But it will probably increase your chances of being invisible to a boater. I wouldn’t take those additional chances, but it’s a free country for those that do. I should know by now that you are not a big fan of logic. Why else would someone buy a new kayak every other month.
  6. Slate blue is also a great way to blend in with the ocean and get run down by a boat...
  7. It's amazing how video of waves never do justice to the actual conditions - I'm sure those conditions felt a lot worse than they look. Do you think the double fins help Revo with following seas - is that why you added them?
  8. Definitely the same accessories, but I'm not sure about battery. I have a Session, so the battery is permanently encased. There is a new GoPro Hero model out for $200. Simplified version of "Hero 6", which goes for $400.
  9. On a positive note, this is a great excuse to buy the latest version of GoPro...
  10. My problem with the middle hatch has been that I can't ever close it properly - the gasket always twists and creates a gap somewhere, regardless of how well I reseat it. This has been a problem since day one - I probably need a new gasket, which I'm sure Hobie sells for a gazillion dollars. So it's never waterproof and is a pain in the neck to open/close. The Hobie deep gear bucket is actually of pretty good quality, it comes with a sealable cover that is supposed to fit under the hatch.
  11. Nice solution, but the plastic seems thin and will probably start cracking after a few trips. Here is what I learned over the years: the Hobie brand accessories are so ridiculously expensive, but in the end, they work well. Examples: the battery holder attachment, deep gear bucket, sailing rudder, bait well, sail furler kit, trax 2 cart, etc. It's fun to experiment and DIY. But if you consider the man-hours spent on such efforts (put a $ value on your hours), it's usually much cheaper to go ahead and buy the real deal. I love threads where people brag about materials only costing $20 for a project, but neglecting to mention that it took them 20 hours to put it together. I'm a small business owner, so I probably value potential man-hours more than others. I'd rather spend more time actually fishing
  12. I do not like the new Outback design. Before I bought my Revo 13, I thought the Outback was already too barge-like for my taste. Now it's essentially morphed into the PA, which is basically a plastic boat, not a kayak. If they start fattening up the Revo line, I will never buy another Hobie. I agree that trailer for a kayak sounds overkill, unless it's a PA (not many options there) or an Adventure Island or something like that. Nothing wrong with load-assist systems though, especially if you want to save your back and shoulders. Definitely worth the investment. I have a Thule slip-stream, which makes loading from the back of the car effortless and can be found used for less than $200. Also remember that a decent percentage of kayak fishermen are older/retired folks (or may have physical disability) which would certainly warrant a trailer.
  13. It’s to secure the sail/mast. Sail has a bungee cord with a clasp that fits there.
  14. I believe the thread title should be corrected to: Hobie Vantage Seat attachment system and what’s wrong with it. The vast majority seem to like the seat and your beef seems to be with the lack of flexibility to change out the seat. I’ve been using my vantage seat on my revo 13 for 3 years now, in the lowest setting with the support pegs folded down. I’ve had no issues with it and find it to be very comfortable and stable. I know multiple people who waited to buy used Hobies with the new seats, for that reason. Maybe start a poll and see the results?
  15. Bucktail, bright colors, lightest weight that works, with chartreuse color Gulp mullets. Natural bait works too, but Gulp helps weed out other bait stealing fish. A weightless teaser hook 12”up works really well, any fly or small squid skirt, etc.