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04-07-2010, 11:30 AM
Hi all, has anyone tried or own one of the new Hobie Tandem Island kayaks? Any info will be great. Thanks, Rob

05-10-2010, 05:07 PM
Hi I'm still wondering about the new Hobie Tandem Island. How about the Adventure Island? Does anyone have any comments good or bad . Thanks, Rob

05-13-2010, 07:19 PM
My local dealer had told me about it but I have yet to see anything in the US. your post made me google it and I found:


05-21-2010, 09:15 AM
Hi, I stopped by Dolphin Dive in Sarasota enroute to Jacksonville and saw the elusive Tandem Island. Awesome boat but to big for my use. Any info on the adventure island is still appreciated. FYI,Sat May22 is hobie kayak demo day at Ackerman Park in Sarasota if you are nearby. Rob

05-27-2010, 07:32 PM
Getting closer to a Hobie Cat sail boat all the time.
A lot of boat with added hulls. steers slow if paddling.
I have an ocean and adventure tandems with sail and mirage power.
you can get an add on outrigger if need one, but two is an overkill unless you are in rough water or high winds and new to sailing.

08-07-2010, 07:46 AM
We bought a used AI and it was an instant hit with everyone in our family. Eight year old grandson couldn't stay away from it even in 20MPH wind. Wet when pushed hard, slow with pedal drive, decently quick under sail. We need two more to satisfy all. A little learning curve for optimum use.

12-08-2010, 08:24 AM
Mine was just delivered this morning. I will put some pix up here, and on the blog, when we get it assembled.

01-28-2011, 05:09 AM
for anyone still interested in the Hobie TI, we now have about a dozen trips in, and absolutely love the boat.

01-30-2011, 05:52 AM
How well do these solo?

02-14-2011, 05:24 AM
Well, finally, I can answer that. It solos very well. I only tried it from the rear seat so far, but don't see any reason it wouldn't work just as well from front seat. La Gringa frequently takes over the sailing from there while I fiddle around with GPS or camera, etc. in the back.

If you consistently sail it from one seat or the other, there is a way to re-rig the mainsheet so you have a 3:1 advantage over the standard 2:1 block setup for that one position. But you lose the instant ability to control the sheet from the other seat, so we haven't done it. It's not that much trouble to handle the main at 2:1, but at winds above 15 kts. it can be a two handed pull to haul the sheet in.

I just pinch it up into the wind a bit til it starts to luff, haul in a couple handfuls of mainsheet, then fall off to the new trim.

We probably have 20+ trips on ours so far, and we love the boat. We were averaging 11 mph in it last Sunday on a broad reach between the beach and the reefs. That really feels fast when your posterior is exactly at sea level. Kinda like the Go-Cart effect.

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