atv223

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  1. Thanks! We all had a good time making it. It’ll be interesting watching it years from now.
  2. Thought I’d share a video I created with my kids while on lockdown.
  3. 15 days since the last post on this. With the current state of NYC. I’m saying no way this happens in 2020.
  4. With so many people completely ignoring the call to stay home, I think this happening is a long shot.
  5. Back in 2013 this guy did a great write up on a bilge pump installation on his Outback. I'd link it here, but it's against the rules. If you search saltwater kayak fisherman bilge pump installation you should find his site. Lots of good stuff there. Here is an excerpt from his site: The first question is probably ‘why fit one?’. Someone even asked me if my kayak leaks. To answer the second question the answer is no it doesn’t, however, it may in the future. I’ve read plenty of horror stories or kayaks flooding and capsizing as a result. Why would your kayak suddenly start leaking?, after all it’s been fine for a long time. Well there’s always the chance that a kayak may get damaged during loading or unloading, whilst in storage, general fatigue, hitting rocks or unseen objects… the list goes on and on. The chances are that a leak would be slow and you may not notice it for some time, perhaps you’d find yourself a mile or two offshore when the symptoms become all to apparent. Ok, so I carry a manual bilge pump, most of the time. However, if you’re pumping you can’t paddle, or pedal for that matter. It’s certainly better than nothing, though I’d rather be underway whilst the kayak is pumping out water. I’ve seen videos where kayakers have just capsized, unaware that their kayak had flooded to a point of terminal instability!. I’ve wanted to fit an electric bilge pump for some time and as I’m currently finishing off the rigging on my Hobie Outback I decided now was as good a time as any.
  6. I'm skeptical of the durability of torqueedos. Plenty of horror stories about them. Not to mention the cost and extra batteries. A 2.5 HP outboard is less then a 1/3 the cost of a torqueedo and with a gallon of gas will go a long long way. I have a Tendem Island and considered the torqueedo and an outboard. For many reason I went with the outboard.
  7. The Kayak I really want would have a mirage drive and designed from the ground up to mount a 2.5 HP outboard on the stern. That way I could use the motor to cover distances with ease and speed, yet have the mirage drive for trolling, positioning or near by moving. We're so close these days. Pelican has a mirage drive version and one designed for mounting an outboard. Just need them to combine the two, I feel like it's way more likely for them to do this then Hobie. Anyone else see this as the ultimate set up?
  8. Thanks for the feedback. I usually never get out down south jeresey until Fluke opens, and by then the blues are few an far between. My first salt outing every year has been J-Bay and we crushed the big blues last year. That was Mid-May, so I'm guessing a couple weeks earlier for SNJ.
  9. I seem to always miss the Bluefish in the Back Bays of AC and Brigantine in the spring. When is really the best time for them? I've got a pellet smoker and am anxious to try smoking up some blues.
  10. It's a fair question. But I don't think this is the case of Hobie forcing anyone. If you think about the science behind it, if you have a kayak without any features like scupper wholes, the flex along the bottom would be uniform. When you introduce scuppers, they create a break in the smooth flex profile and you get stress concentrates at them. If you support the entire kayak with PVC pipe along the length, visually it looks like you are supporting it evenly, but due to the flex profile with the scuppers, more load will be applied at the scuppers, potentially compromising them. If people understood the subtitles of this there are things you could do to mitigate this effect. Such as: Use thinner/more flexible PVC Relieve the pressure at the scuppers buy cutting our reliefs in the PVC Ensure the PVC to Trailer (or stand) mounting points are not directly located below where the scuppers will sit Don't over tighten the straps (increasing pressure) Unfortunately, most people won't realize this and unknowingly create what they think is a good support system that is actually compromising the hull. Add to it those with ratchet straps who think tighter is better and you have a recipe for failure. When it comes to strapping down kayaks, one man's tight is another mans loose. I don't think Hobie's solution to create saddles that eliminates this issue is a money grab, but a something people can use without understanding the finer points of the science.
  11. I have a Tandem Island. Many people use PVC pipe "bunks" for support and storage. This issue with the crack around the scuppers is why I didn't go that route and use the Hobie cradles instead. On Hobie's forum, there are recommendations against the pipe support for this reason, but people ignore it.
  12. If you do wait until after winter, be careful of the warm days in March and April. Those are probably the most dangerous months of the year, because the water is often frigid while the air temperatures are deceivingly high.
  13. I have 3 piece rods that I custom made some bags for out of 5 Below yoga mats. Safe and secure below deck and they fit through the round center hatch without a lot of gymnastics. Rods are Offshore Angler Ocean Master Travel Spinning Rods. Great rods all the way around. I use them even when I'm not surf launching.
  14. Spray something like WD40 in there and let it soak for at least a couple hours. Then slowly twist back and forth. That may help free it up.
  15. I had this happen to mine. I was able to replace the valve stem core with a standard automotive tool. Simply un-thread the old one and put a new one in. Unfortunately the new core slowly leaked. I was able to remedy this by putting a little bit of plumbers silicone grease on the rubber portion of the core before installing. It's been air tight since.