Hobie Kayaks Are The Way To Go
Hobie carries a variety of fishing kayak models. These are all excellent choices, depending on your budget and needs. The models have different lengths, sizes, colors and functionality. Hobie is a very innovative company and is always updating their kayaks. The 2019 Outback was redesigned and Hobie’s most significant upgrade to date is the 2020 state-of-the-art Pro Angler.
Hobie is an industry leader with MirageDrive 180 propulsion system. The system is a pedal drive system that allows the user to easily propel themselves forward. It is very quiet and fast as well as being low maintenance. One advantage is it allows the user to quickly go in reverse. All fishing Hobies come with this except for the advanced, 2020 Pro Angler which is equipped with the MirageDrive 360. This is significant upgrade. The accompanying rudder system allows the user to steer the boat with the turn of a knob. The user is also able to easily raise and lower the rudder while the user is in a sitting position.
Other benefits of Hobie fishing kayaks are they are built very well and are very durable. Their exceptional design also provides great stability with some models being so stable that anglers can stand and fish. Hobies are also known for their extensive features which provide anglers with fishing comforts and convenience. These features are easily compatible with major fishing industry companies. Features include large storage compartments, comfortable seats, dual H-Rails, which is Hobie’s deluxe accessory mounting system. This provides endless opportunities for accessory mounting using RAM and Scotty mounts, among others. This is a very convenient solution for mounting fish finders, rod holders, etc. Some of the kayaks are Lowrance and Power Pole ready. This makes these units very easy to install. Additionally, electric motors such as Torqeedo, Bixpy, and the Hobie eVOLVE, can be used on these kayaks.
Hobie Fishing Kayak Models
v Hobie Outback – the Outback is the bestselling pedal kayak off all time.
New to 2019 is the new and redesigned Outback. Its new bow design helps cut through the water, wind, wake, and chop while reducing hull slap. It also has a new extra-large bow compartment for more storage. The Outback has a dual H-Track Deluxes with H-Rail for accessory mounting. The accessory possibilities are almost endless. Mount graph, RAM, etc. The deck has been fitted with EVA deck pads to provide sound dampening as well as a cushioned place to stand. Finally, the vertical rectangular hatch opens for more storage for your fishing needs. A retractable shield is also new that protects your transducer on impact while also retracting away for transport..The stern has a Kick-Up Rudder. The rudder locks into place when in use and retracts on impact. The stern is also Power-Pole ready with pre-drilled inserts. Additionally features include the comfortable Vantage CTW seat, dual steering control, rear cargo area and 4 molded-in rod holders.
v Hobie Compass – the Compass sports a simple design. This model has minimal storage and basic seating. It has a good hull performance which gives a balance between tracking and maneuverability. the Compass includes the older “Classic” MirageDrive drive system, (the Camo option comes with the MirageDrivev 180). It is Lowrance ready and has an upgraded track system.
v Hobie Passport - the Passport includes the older “classic” MirageDrive drive system, and has basic seating, etc.
v Revolution – the Revolution comes in three lengths (11, 13 and 16 feet). The 13- and 16-foot models are longer and skinnier models which allows for better tracking when and speed when paddling due to reduced drag. The Revolution includes the MirageDrive 180 drive system.
v Mirage Sport - the Mirage Sport is the shortest at 9 feet. This kayak is the easiest to transport. The Sport includes the MirageDrive 180 drive system.
v Mirage Pro Angler – the Pro Angler comes in 12- and 14-feet lengths. The 14-footer is the heaviest model. This is the most advanced and well-equipped model. The 2020 model has an even more impressive drive system, the MirageDrive 360. This system allows for maneuverability in all directions, including sideways! This is an angler’s dream which provides the ability to easily stay on any fishing spot. The new kick up fins are included in the upgrade. The fins are more flexible and durable and won’t break after running into something as a result of the fins kicking up when something is hit. Additionally, this model has significant standing room with grip pads to minimize slipping and provide noise reduction. Full length H-rails on both sides.
Dealers, Service and Warranty
Hobie has a large, established dealer network and you’ll find that reputable kayak dealers typically carry Hobie kayaks along with numerous accessories. Replacement parts are easy to get. All Hobie products are included in an impressive catalogue.
Hobie is also known for their excellent warranties which consist of a 3-Year warranty for new 2019 model year Hobie Kayaks from an authorized Hobie dealer. A 2-Year Warranty is included for prior year models. The Warranty covers defects in the materials, manufacturing and design. The Warranty does not cover normal wear and tear, improper storage, or running into stuff.
Hobie has been around for over half a century and is going strong. While there are many fishing kayak competitors out there, if you buy a Hobie kayak you will be purchasing a quality fishing kayak that is guaranteed to bring you years of enjoyment.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.