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Everything posted by atv223

  1. I've had Thule Square bars on vehicles for over 20 years. They are rock solid. I actually had a small tree fall on my Jeep GC and the bars saved the vehicle from real damage. I've put kayaks upside down directly on the bars, I've used Thule's Kayak Staker to get more kayaks and stuff up there and I have a Hullavator. Upside down and directly on the bars is easy, safe, and solid. The only downside is that you can't have anything pre-rigged that sticks up over the rails. If you want to do that and have it right side up, you'll want some sort of carrier.
  2. A friend of mine had gotten a new car, a sedan with no factor rack or attachments. He mounted a set of clamp-on Yakima bars in a rush to go fishing. On his way back from fishing the whole rack let loose at 80 mph on the highway sending his Hobie Revo and rack cartwheeling down the highway! Thankfully, no one crashed because of this. Also, his Revo only suffered minor road rash. He got very lucky. In hindsight, he said he thought something wasn't quite right with the rack attachment.
  3. I also found a bit of plumber's silicone grease on the internal stem seal improves things.
  4. Yeah, that's not good! You did a good thing alerting them, could have been disastrous! I see people struggling with strapping down kayaks all the time at my local lake. Sometime people don't want to invest in good equipment or take the time to learn how to properly use it.
  5. Another good reason for the switch to electric vehicles. That doesn't help with the salt., but less oil will be good!
  6. I thought the whole point of having a pickup was so you don’t have to load the kayak on the roof!!
  7. Nice 4Runner! Did you black out the emblems or is that a Midnight edition? I have a 2010 SR5 4Runner we bought new and it's one of our favorite vehicles of all time, a freaking tank!
  8. I'm not suggesting it's not true, but I haven't personally read about any issues with the Bixpy motors. Torqueedo yes, but not Bixpy. Where have you heard that?
  9. What type of battery are you using?
  10. While I don't have first-hand experience, I've done lots of research on this. Loads of options from DIY to turn-key. DIY Lead Acid = cheap and heavy. Turn-Key Lithium-Ion = Expensive and light. Some of the chief options are: Island Hopper, Watersnake, Torqeedo, and Bixpy. I've read way too many horror stories with Torqeedo in my research to motorize my Hobie Tandem Island, so for the cost of that, I'd personally stay away. After all my research, I like the Bixpy option the best. You'd be looking at about $1,300 for motor, battery, and mount. There is always something like this to consider.
  11. This! Exactly my experience and opinion.
  12. That’s great! I’ve never seen that. You’ve always got some great tips!
  13. For kayaking, it's technically not an EPIRB, but rather a PLB (personal locator beacon). A couple of years ago, I was out in the ocean kayak fishing with some friends. They were done and headed in, while I decided to stay longer by myself. I was maybe a mile offshore and a mile or two down the beach from launch. I was bottom fishing, the swells got me and I started feeling a little seasick, so I headed in. As I looked around, all the other boats were gone and I was pretty much completely alone in the ocean. Being seasick and having to rely on my own strength to get back was very unpleasant, but I made it safely to shore. It really got me wondering what the hell I would have done if I got so sick I couldn't have made my way back. I had a VHF radio and a cell phone, so maybe I could have called someone, but who knows if they would find me and how long that would take. I immediately went out and bought a PLB. It's peace of mind and I now take it with me to other places as well, like hiking. My family and I were in Schoodic Peninsula - Acadia National Park on a trail at the end of the day. It was evening and started raining, there was no cell service and we had a few miles to hike out in slippery conditions. Thank God nothing happened but I was glad to have that PLB with me. For me, the peace of mind is worth it.
  14. That gets the blood pumping!
  15. I wonder if Old Town will ever release a mirage style drive for their kayaks?
  16. They look legit, but for the price, I'd personally opt for a Hobie MIRAGE PASSPORT 12.0. Cheaper than the Lightning, has many of the advanced drive features, minus the 180 aspect. there are a lot of Hobie dealers around the county for spare parts when needed, and Hobie's warranty is a year longer. I don't view rotomolding as a better technology than thermoforming. Rotomolding gives you more design freedom, but if that doesn't translate into design features that are important and relevant to you, it's kind of irrelevant. The potential advantage I see on the Lightning over the Passport is the front hatch and perhaps the tri-hull design if that does in fact translate into a more stable craft. Too bad they don't offer the Lightning in brighter colors. If you end up getting one, be sure you report your findings.
  17. I don't want to hijack this thread, but I never understood why fishermen on forums are so "secretive". I get that we don't want to spot burn, but if I told someone the exact lure, tide, conditions, etc. that worked for me and caught fish, I can't imagine how that would negatively impact me? By posting that information, MAYBE 3 other people would catch a fish they wouldn't have otherwise, but they won't be fish I'd even be fishing for!
  18. In NJ where I fish, I've only ever seen them once and they were small about 10". Caught a pile of them mixed in with Albies. I wish they were more regular because I did like eating them!
  19. I've had albies so close to my kayak I thought they would almost jump in! I don't have enormous experience with them and it's only been in one location during the early fall off of Monmouth Beach, NJ. When I'm there during the right time of year, I keep my eyes open for birds and jumping fish. Unless I'm really really lucky, when I spot them they will be far enough away that by the time I get there, they'll be gone. My technique has been to slowly head in the direction I spot them while trolling an Albie favorite. If they head towards me I may pick one up. I will do a burst pedal and try to rush to them if I think I can get there in time. The area where they show up while I'm fishing is square miles, so I simply don't have the stamina to chase them all over. On good days, once I get near where they are, I find they tend to circle around and come back. But it's hit and miss. It is addictive to hook up on one!
  20. You're probably going to get a lot of different opinions on here. The answer is going to be "it depends". It's going to depend on a number of things that will be specific to your setup and situation: Where exactly are the saddles contacting the kayak? Whether they make point contacts, how distributed the load is and if they are contacting a thin or thick part are all going to make a difference. What's the temperature? The plastics kayaks are made out of "flow" easier at higher temperatures. If it's cool or hot while there it will make a difference. Is it in the sun and the color of your kayak? The sun will heat it up so if it is a dark color it will absorb more sun and get hotter. How tightly are you strapping it down? Combined with the above, the more force you create on it the worse it will be. Your best bet is to park it in the shade and loosen the straps when it's parked. Keep an eye on it and if it starts to show signs of deformation, if you catch it earlier it's easier to fix.
  21. I personally like the C-Tugs. I have 2 of them. One standard, the other with the Wheeleze conversion.
  22. I normally don't hit these back bays around Brigantine and AC until Fluke opens in June. I really like to get out there early to get some smaller fish to eat like kingfish, croakers, and small blues. When do these fish show up in abundance in those backwaters? Everyone talks about Stripers. Don't get me wrong, I love catching them, but I typically don't keep many if any stripers each year and would love to put some of these smaller fish in the freezer.
  23. That is a good option and has been reviewed a lot by the TI community. There are a few reasons why it hasn't been the popular choice and should be taken into consideration. It's $200 more expensive than the Suzuki Air-cooled had a lot of advantages, but it is louder than the outboards that are water-cooled and exhaust underwater. It has no neutral gear but instead uses a centrifugal clutch. This has 2 negative side effects. First, with the lightweight nature of kayaks, it can lurch the craft forward when pull started and may not sit and idle without slowly propelling the craft. Second, which isn't applicable to non-sail boats, if left in the water while under sail, the engine can be over-revved and destroyed. I love Honda products and really wanted to buy one, but that last concern with the centrifugal clutch pushed me to the Suzuki.
  24. Hobie Sold: An Update From Its New Chairman Taso Sofikitis Posted by Eugene Buchanan | Mar 4, 2021 | Feature, SGB Executive On January 25, 2021, kayak, surf and SUP company Hobie Cat Co. was discretely sold to a private equity group consisting of executives from Detroit industrial auction company Maynards Industries. Led by Taso Sofikitis, Hobie’s new chairman, the team has brought on a new CFO and COO to complement Hobie’s existing leadership team and recently announced 65 new positions at its Oceanside, CA headquarters to help with its burgeoning production. While the new team of owners does not have experience in the paddlesports or surf/SUP markets, their expertise spans equipment, machinery, automotive, education, and high-performance sports. And they plan to adhere to a successful formula employed since Hobie Alter founded the company over 70 years ago, shaping surfboards in his father’s garage (Alter also invented the Hobie Cat sailing catamaran). SGB Executive caught up with Sofikitis on what the future holds. Why venture into the paddlesports, SUP and surf markets? The outdoor recreation industry represents an opportunity that excites us as active individuals and promises near and long-term growth potential. Sales of kayaks and other watercraft are booming, and we see an opportunity to continue Hobie’s legacy of innovation and improve the product distribution process. Hobie’s iconic brand and the ‘Hobie way of life’ culture are authentic. The Hobie story is unique, and we feel a deep sense of responsibility to maintain and grow the brand’s legacy. What new management appointments have you made? Hobie has added new CFO and COO positions to compliment the core leadership team, which otherwise remains intact. Any other significant changes to come? Primary enhancements will include a larger investment in production efficiencies, product development and the overall business, focusing on delivering product to our dealers and expanding the brand’s global reach. How has Hobie’s ability to deliver inventory been affected during the pandemic? Any plans to increase production? Production was delayed substantially at the peak of the pandemic. Our priority was the safety and health of our workers. Now that we have established protocols and a safe working environment, we are ramping up production. We just announced 65 new open factory positions to operate evening and weekend shifts at our headquarters in Oceanside, CA. And we are ordering additional parts to stay ahead of the supply chain. How have retailers responded to the sale? Overall, our retailers trust Hobie’s decisions thanks to long-standing, strong relationships and mutual respect we’ve built with them over the years. They’re certainly thrilled to see that the new team is pushing to deliver orders as quickly as possible without compromising quality or safety. While everyone has their perspective, the transition news was well received with optimism, understanding and a shared sense of trust in the growth of Hobie’s legacy. What’s your take on the burgeoning kayak fish industry? The kayak fishing industry has boomed in recent years, in large part thanks to Hobie’s cutting-edge products. The trend in popularity is overwhelmingly positive. We are invested in staying at the top of the category to provide the most premium angling kayaks that range from beginner-friendly to professional-level quality. Hobie plans to introduce new parts and accessories to complement our kayaks in the coming seasons and always invests in our kayak designs to stay ahead of the competition. What type of innovations can consumers expect from Hobie in the future? Hobie consumers can expect the same quality of product and commitment to research, development and innovation that have always been a priority at Hobie. We feel there is limitless growth for the brand, and we’re going to continue to push the envelope to develop more breakthroughs in watersports.
  25. I have a Hobie Tandem Island. A lot of TI owners put gas outboards on them. After years of evaluation the TI community has largely settled on the Suzuki 2.5 as the default outboard. It’s the lightest in the class, readily available, simple to operate and pretty bullet proof. I know people who’ve completely submerged them and got them working again fairly easily with no permanent damage. For all those same reasons, it’s probably the best option for a kayak.