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how important is reverse in Mirage drive?

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Kayak Newbie here.   Am considering the Hobie Compass because I like the size and weight, but am bumbed about its drive having no reverse.   I expect to do a lot of saltwater fishing with it.   Could anyone share their thoughts on the importance of this missing capability?

 

Many thanks!

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In saltwater I don't need reverse unless I am fishing boulder fields which is never. For freshwater, I use reverse a lot especially in rivers. So I would say for saltwater if you are fishing open bays, ocean the reverse in unnecessary.

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as noted above, it depends on what you do.  in the salt, I almost never use it.  But if I fished bridges or tight spots, I would.  I use it sometimes in FW.

 

I also used Hobies for ten years before they added reverse and never felt that I was missing anything...

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Exactly what everyone else said. I have a 2014 Outback and have done just fine without it. It may make it easier depending on tides and what you are trying to do...ie: fishing structure. Hobie customers have fished without the reverse for many years and did just fine.

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I have both drives and when I am out with the reversible I very rarely use it. I suppose if I were in a situation where I had to back away from docks it would he convenient.   If its a case where you'd save money not taking the non-reversible drive I'd recommend not going for it.  You could buy a hand paddle for $30!

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Definitely not necessary, but I like having it. Sometimes while fluking, flipping the fins to reverse gives me the drift line that I'm looking for. And I use it constantly for togging. Much easier to back up to the boulder I'm working than doing the wide circle.

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While fluke and seabass fishing, if I’m underway and spot a piece of structure on the ff I can put it in reverse and come to a stop instead of going another 10 yards before I can drop my bucktail. 

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It's convenient to have, but not necessary unless you're fishing in tight quarters. I do a lot of small lake fishing, and to be honest, it's not the best boat for the application. I went and bought another (paddle) boat just for lake fishing. But in open water, long paddles, or bridge fishing and stemming the tide, you can't beat the Hobie there.

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For flyfishing (in the salt and fresh) its a game changer. I waited until the 180 drive was available before buying a Hobie. 

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I fished lakes often in my 2016 Outback and there were oftentimes I wished I had a reversible drive.  Now that I sold it to buy the 2019 I'm so looking forward to having the reversible drive this time. 

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It's nice to have but not needed.

 

For those that want to save a couple of bucks on a Hobie? Price out a 2019 Hobie model bare hull with no reverse drive.  You can find the Hobie GT drive with turbos new for  650. That's cheaper than the 900 Hobie Reverse Drive.

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18 hours ago, csteven said:

And I use it constantly for togging. Much easier to back up to the boulder I'm working than doing the wide circle.

 

I'd estimate I spend 50% of a togging trip circling back to a rock lol...

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