The Hobie Outback has stacks of deck space and storage areas as standard, however i have added some extra accessories and features to make tackle and gear storage even more organised. This blog post takes a look at adding the Hobie H-Crate, Livewell, Plano Waterproof Tackle Boxes and more to the Outback.....
Hobie H-Crate on the Hobie Outback
It is super strong and sturdy and features decent straps and clips to attach the crate firmly to the kayak using the Screw-In Padeye XL's located at the corners of the cargo area. It has 4 upright rod holders in the corners of the crate which are perfect for carrying rods whilst on the move on the water. These rod holders have integrated bungee rod retainers too. The handles of the crate are sections of H-Rail. This allows you to add H-Rail accessories mounts, such as the H-Rail 1.5" Ram Ball Mount i have fitted for a camera pole, and the H-Rail MiniPort i have fitted for a Railblaza Safety Flag or Visibility Kit. The walls of the crate have a grid layout of pre-drilled holes for easy attachment of further rod holders and accessory mounts.
Hobie Livewell on the Hobie Outback
The Livewell is a flow-through system and provides the fish in the Livewell with a constant supply of clean, cool and oxygenated water. Water is drawn up an intake pipe inserted and protruding from one cargo area scupper hole, circulated around the livewell and an overflow pipe drains water down the other scupper hole. The livewell uses an Attwood Tsunami pump that is self priming with the forwards motion of the kayak. This pump will provide a flow rate of 250 gallons per hour with the supplied 6V 10Ah sealed gel battery, but can be ramped up to 500 gallons per hour by using a 12V battery! The live well has a capacity of 8 gallons / 36 litres of water, which is plenty enough to keep around 8-12 joey mackerel happy, or lots of sand eels, crabs or shrimps. The livewell has 3 upright rod holders too and straps to tether down the livewell to the cargo area.
Plano Waterproof Tackle Boxes
Hobie Vantage Seat Accessory Bag
Gear Leashes on the Hobie Outback
DIY Mirage Drive Leash
Hobie produce a Mirage Drive Leash Kit, however it is easy enough to make a DIY leash for your drive. I made mine using a short length of 5mm braid-on-braid cord and two small stainless steel (316) karabiners.
Hobie Mirage Drive Stow Bag
Other Storage Accessories?
Pretty much all of the accessories mentioned above can be brought from Cornwall Canoes, if you are in the UK, or any Hobie Kayak dealer.