My new kayak has finally arrived and this time it has a pedal drive! After much thought i decided upon getting a Hobie Revolution 16 for use as my main fishing kayak. Propelled through the water using the incredible Mirage Drive 180 pedal drive system, this long and fast kayak offers a number of advantages to the kayak angler over a paddled kayak. This blog post takes a closer look at this very well thought-out piece of kit....
What is a Hobie Kayak?
Why a Hobie Kayak?
But is it a kayak?
A paddle is an implement used to push water. When used in the kayaking sense this provides propulsion. Using a twin bladed paddle is part of the definition of kayaking. A Hobie has twin blades (in the form of fins) which are manually powered and push the water to provide propulsion. Sure, the blades aren't on either end of a stick but the craft is still propelled through the water using paddles in the form of twin blades/fins. That's close enough for me to class them as a kayak and i certainly class fish caught from a Hobie as a kayak caught fish! At the end of the day it is a manually powered personal craft used to catch fish so whether it is pedal or paddle-driven i class them as a kayak. Times have changed since the definition of a kayak was formulated. I'm not too sure whether the method of propulsion alone can now be the defining point of a kayaks definition. Kayaks come in all shapes and sizes for all different paddling applications. I think that providing the hull takes the general form/shape of a kayak, be it a sit-in or sit-on-top, and has the ability to be paddled then it can be classed as a kayak. If it has a pedal drive then it becomes a pedal-driven kayak.... if it has a sail then it becomes a sail-powered kayak - powered because the form of propulsion is no longer manual.... if it has a motor then it becomes a motor-powered kayak. Just my opinion and not everyone will agree!
Which Hobie Kayak?
Lets take a closer look at this incredibly well thought-out kayak....
Hobie Revolution 16 - 2017 Model - Initial Overview
- Length: 16' \ 4.88 m
- Width: 27.5" \ 0.7 m
- Height: 15" \ 0.38 m
- Max. Capacity: 350 lbs \ 159 kg
- Fitted Hull Weight: 75.5 lbs \ 34 kg (includes all permanently fitted features/fittings)
- Fully Rigged Hull Weight: 92 lbs \ 42 kg
- Hull Construction: Rotomoulded High-Density Polyethylene
Hull Design and Construction
- Mirage Drive 180
- Vantage CT Seat
- Twist and Stow Rudder System
- Lowrance-Ready System inc. transducer scupper recess
- Two-piece Fibreglass Paddle
- Large Bow Hatch
- 2 x 8" Twist and Seal Hatches
- 2 x Mesh Side Storage Pockets
- 2 x Bow/Stern Toggle Handles
- 2 x Solid Side Carry Handles
- 2 x Moulded-In Rod Holders
- 2 x Reinforced Scupper Holes
- Sail Mount
- 3 x Three-Way Thru Hull Deck Seals
- and more.....
Let's take a closer look. Starting at the bow we have a toggle handle attached to the kayak using a chrome pad eye, bolted into strong moulded-in nut inserts.
Closed cell foam blocks run down each side of the kayak to provide buoyancy should the hull ever become flooded. More on that black post in a minute.
The cassette plug is also useful to block off the hole during transport and helps to stop droning sounds as air moves over the hole.
Hobie Mirage Drive 180 - Overview
The Mirage Drive 180 fitted into the Revolution 16....
Back to the features of the Revolution 16...
Hobie Mirage Kayaks come as standard with the very comfortable and fully adjustable 'deck-chair' style Vantage CT seat.
Looking towards the stern we can see the tubing for the rudder control lines as well as a keel and deck drain bungs.
How Much and Where to Buy?
I got my Hobie Revolution 16 from Cornwall Canoes, who are one of the leading Hobie importers and retailers in the UK. They stock a great range of Hobie kayak models as well as a vast range of Hobie Accessories and Parts and are experts in all things Hobie! You can find out more on their website here: Cornwall Canoes - Hobie Kayak UK