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Old 09-16-2016, 06:37 PM   #21
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Okay, Here are a few specific questions.


#1. I use a bed extender now to haul our 16' mad river canoes. I read that they suggest hauling the Oasis bottom up. If I did this on the bed extender the curved tip of the Oasis would be rubbing and not able to tie well. I strapped it in the truck when purchased as I do my canoes with the bottom down. Sooooo, if you have a extend a bed, how do you haul yours? I could see flipping it if it were on a rack.


#2. Is it okay to beach with the mirage flippers against the bottom of the boat / or in the up position if landing on a beach/lake shore?? NOT a rocky shoreline.


#3. How about sailing it? This was a big draw for me to the Oasis because it could be paddled, pedaled, or sailed. I know nothing about sailing.


#4. Is it very stable for standing? I have seen a ton of youtube videos and it seem to be rock solid stable. Again, I have not got to take the unit out yet.


#5. Basic maintenance to the mirage system??


That is all for now. I appreciate any response.
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Old 09-17-2016, 02:11 AM   #22
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Okay, Here are a few specific questions.


#1. I use a bed extender now to haul our 16' mad river canoes. I read that they suggest hauling the Oasis bottom up. If I did this on the bed extender the curved tip of the Oasis would be rubbing and not able to tie well. I strapped it in the truck when purchased as I do my canoes with the bottom down. Sooooo, if you have a extend a bed, how do you haul yours? I could see flipping it if it were on a rack.


#2. Is it okay to beach with the mirage flippers against the bottom of the boat / or in the up position if landing on a beach/lake shore?? NOT a rocky shoreline.


#3. How about sailing it? This was a big draw for me to the Oasis because it could be paddled, pedaled, or sailed. I know nothing about sailing.


#4. Is it very stable for standing? I have seen a ton of youtube videos and it seem to be rock solid stable. Again, I have not got to take the unit out yet.


#5. Basic maintenance to the mirage system??


That is all for now. I appreciate any response.
Cant comment about hauling in the extended bed, but shouldn't be that hard.

No, don't beach it with the peddles in place. You can bend them, and damage them. It "might" work some times but just easier and safer to pull them out. Now, if you don't pull them out early before you have to "feather" them, you will have to tilt the kayak sideways to get them out without going back to deeper water. I've done both, but do NOT beach with the peddles in place.

I'm not a bit fan of sailing the Oasis or a Mirage. It does work and it not real stable.You can flip them over accidentally, pretty quick if not up to speed on how the react. You have no centerboard or outriggers (amas) to counteract that. The sail will give you some boost, however.

The Island is MUCH better for sailing, with the Amas. It's VERY stable, both the single and the tandem (done both). It's not blazing fast and you'll never get on a plane like the Hobie Cat, but you can cruise along nicely at 10 to 15 knots or so. You can also easily rief the sail when winds pick up. But, it's a more expensive beast.

Yes, you can stand on the Oasis or the Mirage. It doest require a bit of skill, but there's no point in standing other than to get in or out. It's not a substitute for a SUP board, but I've seen it done. For stability during normal use it's rock solid. You have to work to turn it over.

Maintenace on the peddles is fairly straight forward if one has simple mechanical abilities. Changing a chain is easy but you need to clamp down the cable with a needle nose vice grip to add the nut. However, they rarely break, have had two in 16 years with 4 kayaks. I have had to re-bush them occasionally after a long time with heavy use, putting a bushing over the bolt that holds the two sides together. I have a lathe and machine my own bushings (rarely need that, but can make them perfect, better than original). Or the dealer can do it. If a fin gets damaged replacing is easy. There are different peddle assemblies over the years and the later ones are pretty bullet proof.

Maintenance on the kayak isn't bad, with an occasional adjustment on the rudder, which is a PITA.
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Old 09-29-2016, 01:37 PM   #23
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I have the pro angler and there is a way for one person to get it on a rood rack but requires an attachment that goes into your hitch receiver. The only problem I have had is that the strings on the seat for adjustment have twice broken and needed to be replaced. Done under warranty both times but a pain none the less. Correspondence with Hobie has gone unanswered.
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Old 08-05-2017, 06:17 PM   #24
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We had a terrible time on our first time out. The hobie seems very unstable compared to the widerness tandem kayak. The peddle action seems to make the kayak rock side to side more. We ended up flipping twice and losing . Stuff. We couldnt flip it back over. Some people came to our rescue . I would not recommend this kayak for any beginners, until you learn how to pedal and handle the rudder. It tends to be very unstable. Wish we had tried it out before buying it.
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Old 08-08-2017, 04:35 AM   #25
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We had a terrible time on our first time out. The hobie seems very unstable compared to the widerness tandem kayak. The peddle action seems to make the kayak rock side to side more. We ended up flipping twice and losing . Stuff. We couldnt flip it back over. Some people came to our rescue . I would not recommend this kayak for any beginners, until you learn how to pedal and handle the rudder. It tends to be very unstable. Wish we had tried it out before buying it.
Sonyador,

I find that VERY unusual, and find the Hobie very stable. We use it with beginners all the time and have never had a beginner flip one. However, I'd not take a beginner on a challenging trip with high winds, waves, current or tight turns.

Wondering what you're doing to make them flip?

Also, they can be uprighted and boarded again in the water, but you have to train for that, which I've done. And some folks will have a difficult time getting back in, but doable.

Tell me more about how you managed to flip it.
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Old 08-08-2017, 04:39 AM   #26
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I have the pro angler and there is a way for one person to get it on a rood rack but requires an attachment that goes into your hitch receiver. The only problem I have had is that the strings on the seat for adjustment have twice broken and needed to be replaced. Done under warranty both times but a pain none the less. Correspondence with Hobie has gone unanswered.
SC,

Hobie has over engineered the new seats. While they are comfortable a simple strap for the back adjustment would have been MUCH better. I've had that adjustment cable fail twice (in our kayak group) and it's a real pain to fix, requiring two people and good tools. But the level of comfort it gives makes it worth it.

I've had good response from Hobie, but not easy. I've relied more on some shops that have expertise and there's not a ton of them. Economy Tackle in Sarasota and Austin Kayak in Austin, TX are two that are great, but be sure you talk to the right person.
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