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Old 08-28-2015, 06:44 AM   #1
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I have spent the summer with my new 2015 Hobie Oasis Tandem Kayak and wanted to give a review.

This plastic boat is expensive (around $3500) but well-designed and worth every penny in my opinion. It is fast (even when my wife takes a break from pedaling) with the mirage drive which has been updated with smoother gearing for 2015. Even in 20 knot winds, this pedal machine still moves out well. We get lots of positive comments from neighbors at their docks when they see how fast we are moving and without having to use paddles. One guy made me chuckle when he with a mock serious face called out, "No wake speed, please."

My wife and I kayak around the concrete canals at Ocean Isle Beach, NC which are protected waters and perfect for kayaking even in 25 mph winds. It is a fun morning ritual to explore all the concrete canals around our beach house. Loading with the Hobie wheels down the ramp to my boat dock makes for quick and easy launching. I also use the Kayak to move my large baitkeeper pen about 120 feet from my boat dock to my Boat Lift where there is better current to keep baits alive. I have not fished on the Hobie yet but dream of taking the Kayak on my mothership Contender 35 ST and catching dolphin out in the blue water from the Hobie during the May mahi mayhem next spring.

The Hobie Oasis is very stable and in the canals there is no chance of flipping unless an intentional effort is made by two people and then it would still be difficult. Even pedaling as as solo passenger produces some very good speeds. I easily pedaled to the Ocean Isle Fishing Center and back home via the Intracoastal Waterway with approximate round trip of three miles. I always get surprised looks from other boaters about the speed and the precise steering of the Hobie. It can easily and precisely maneuver around docks and turn around 180 in the canals. The one deficiency is that it cannot go in reverse and there are times I have had to quickly grab the paddle. The new for 2015 Vantage seats are very comfortable and are elevated off the deck so that your butt is comfortable and never sitting in water. You can wear regular clothes and stay dry in this boat. I carry a life jacket but never wear it on this boat with its stability although my wife who doesn't swim well wears hers.

My wife has really enjoyed this kayak and had initially thought it was just another one of those toys for me (She bought if for my Father's Day present). Friends and family members easily use this with very little instruction and love it. The mirage drive easily pedals, easily installs, easily disengages, and easily cleans with a water hose. This Kayak paddles well but why pull out the paddles when the pedals are easy and efficient and much faster. Paddling Kayaks simply cannot keep up with the Hobie.

We are really glad we own the Hobie Oasis tandem Kayak and look forward to many years of enjoyment. I purchased from Sail and Ski Connection in Myrtle Beach and would highly recommend them, thanks to Charlie. I even avoided sales tax in NC by having Charlie deliver from SC across state lines. If you are considering Hobie mirage drive kayaks, you can't go wrong if you can swallow the high initial relative price.
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All Hobies are awesome. Good luck with it follow the maintenance schedule and youl never have a problem with it. I our shop the smaller Outfitter is thee better seller when it comes to tandems.
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Barrell, I know you are the resident Hobie Kayak expert, but the Oasis sells better worldwide than the Outfitter. The Oasis is faster, carries more weight, is arguably more versatile, and is drier with a higher freeboard. I researched the internet in advance of my purchase, and chose the Oasis over the Outfitter for my needs. The Outfitter is more stable because it is slightly shorter and slightly wider.
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Debbie and I took our's out for the maiden voyage yesterday and loved it ! It's everything and more than you said. Having been a boater for most of my life I'm most relaxed on the water and the Hobie takes it to another level. Thanks for all the advice before our purchase. Maybe we can get both on the Contender next spring and catch some dolphin.
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Brian, thanks for the photos you sent. I am really glad you and Debbie enjoyed it so much. EJ and I really get a lot of use out of ours. Wouldn't that be a blast to catch a big dolphin from a kayak?
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Have a Hobie Outback and Hobie Revolution. Can't beat the pedal drive for fun, ease, and fishing. The 13' Revo is a very fast boat. I can't imagine how fast the tandem is.
The Mirage drive boats are pricey, but well worth it.
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Are the tandems too heavy to put on top of an SUV?

Are the Pro Anglers much different than the other models?
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The Oasis and Outfitter you can put on top of an SUV, but the Pro Angler 17 would certainly be too heavy. I do not know about the smaller Pro Anglers.
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All Hobies are awesome. Good luck with it follow the maintenance schedule and youl never have a problem with it. I our shop the smaller Outfitter is thee better seller when it comes to tandems.
Barrell, I have 2 revolution 13s with the mirage drive. Both under 2 years old. I operate them in salt water and thoroughly rinse the drives and the entire kayak with fresh water each use. They're used probably 100 times each a year. When you say "follow the maintenance schedule" what do you mean by that? I occasionally use a shot of wd-40 on the chain area but I'm not doing anything else. Should I be doing more? Thanks.
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Barrell, I have 2 revolution 13s with the mirage drive. Both under 2 years old. I operate them in salt water and thoroughly rinse the drives and the entire kayak with fresh water each use. They're used probably 100 times each a year. When you say "follow the maintenance schedule" what do you mean by that? I occasionally use a shot of wd-40 on the chain area but I'm not doing anything else. Should I be doing more? Thanks.
I might be asking for trouble, but I often don't even spray mine down with freshwater. Besides a fin falling out of place from a faulty early design, I haven't had any issues since 2006.
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Barrell, I have 2 revolution 13s with the mirage drive. Both under 2 years old. I operate them in salt water and thoroughly rinse the drives and the entire kayak with fresh water each use. They're used probably 100 times each a year. When you say "follow the maintenance schedule" what do you mean by that? I occasionally use a shot of wd-40 on the chain area but I'm not doing anything else. Should I be doing more? Thanks.
Check the drive cable tension, you can strip teeth when the cables stretch.
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Thanks, hevysrf
Just did a search on how to determine tension. Your response will save me some downtime and $'s. THX

"A: Keeping the Miragedrive chains and idler cable tension right will mean optimal performance and reduced risk of mechanical issues. If they become loose there is a possibility of causing damage to the sprocket, especially if pedaling harder and faster. Adjust fin tension by turning the 1/4" nylock nuts that secure the chains and idler cable to the drum.

Each chain and cable should be somewhat taught, but not over-tightened. Anything from 1mm to 3mm in sideways play is probably acceptable - any less and they are too tight, any more and they are probably too loose. You'll know if they are too tight by actuating the pedals with your arms. If you can feel resistance back them off a little and try again.

Out of the packet the front chain is typically tightened marginally than the rear, but it won't hurt to have them both at exactly the same tension. Check chain tension regularly. If a particular chain or cable tends to become loose on a recurring basis, the 1/4" nylock nuts securing them might need to be replaced."
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Are the tandems too heavy to put on top of an SUV?

Are the Pro Anglers much different than the other models?
Yes, the Pro Anglers are much different than the other models....in my family, we have three (3) PAs, two 14's and a 12, we also have two Revolutions, two Outbacks, one Oasis and one Mirage Sport.

The PAs are like fishing out of a bass boat compared to any other kayak, extremely stable, but heavy.....easy to maneuver in the water, but hard to deal with on land by yourself (even with wheels!).....and they still give one all the advantages of kayak fishing (agile, low to the water, shallow draft, don't scare the fish, etc)........IMHO they are the finest fishing platform on the water at this time.....

If you are looking to do A LOT of serious kayak fishing, I definitely recommend the PAs, with a TRAILER....it is easy to convert a small boat trailer to a kayak trailer by yourself.....or you can use a pick-up truck with an "EXTEND-A-BED" (fits in your trailer hitch).

Pro Anglers are ENTIRELY too heavy to be putting on top of your car....

The Oasis Tandem can be car topped fairly easily, especially if you have two people to help load (which I presume is true, since you are using a tandem kayak)....

Most of the other Hobies we have are too heavy to be lifting onto a car top by yourself, except for the Sport, it car tops very well and can just about be picked up with one hand....

My brother, who is over 60 yrs old, car topped his Outback and his Revolution for a couple of years, before falling for the Pro Angler.....so it can be done....

Most of the people I know, who are really serious about kayak fishing, sooner or later end up with a Pro Angler...and regret they didn't just bite the bullet and spend the money up front....I did the same thing, bought an Outback, then a Revolution, finally a Pro Angler.....now I am seriously looking at the new TANDEM Pro Angler, maybe the best is yet to come.....

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Old 08-29-2016, 07:38 AM   #14
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Kendall,

Nice report, and a really nice boat.

My Oasis is a 2012 which does not have the new comfortable seats, so I'm seat shopping. Overall, I love the boat, just like you say, it's very stable, reasonably fast and reasonably maneuverable.

I wish that Hobie would go back to the old vertical swinging rudder. The newer angular rudder is a PITA. I've got them on the Oasis and an Outback. I have another Outback with the straight rudder, and MUCH easier to adjust and gives better and easier turning. Seems like Im tweaking the Oasis rudder too often, trying to get it perfect.

Maintenance is not bad, but there is some, especially on the pedals. I've rebuilt them a few times. As for salt water ops, I could strongly argue to clean them, especially the drives, and use a good lube to keep the chains going. I like Boeshield or Corrosion X, both good with salt water. WD40 is fair, it will disburse the water, but doesn't last.

As for loading the Oasis on a car, I do it by myself. Put a towel or rug on the ground so the kayak doesn't get scraped, put a moving pad or large beach towel over the side of the car (I have a suburban). Lift the kayak vertically, leaned agains the car, then lift the other end up and turn it onto the top. Easier with two. A trailer is much easier. But fortunately I don't travel with the kayak over once a month or so.

I'm on the water almost daily... and often with one of the kayaks. Short run to the pub, or watch a sunset, or run through the waterfront neighborhoods and harass friend... or a longer trip to islands, parks, restaurants, etc. Lots of fun. Day or night.

Also, on one of my Outbacks I have the shade umbrella, and in the process of modifying an umbrella mount for the Oasis. The sun is brutal in the summer. However, umbrellas need a line to prevent the wind from getting them and enough wind can push the boat backward or flip it.

As for flipping the Hobie, I've done it twice over the past 16 years, and both times were doing something really stupid (not mentionable here). If you work at it, you can flip them. Just for practice, I've gone out in deep water and intentionally flipped them to learn how to deal with it, if that happened. Not easy, but I could get back in, but my lady could not. However, they won't sink. We do carry a VHF radio with us anytime we go away from the dock. So, our rule is, if flipped, just call for help and stay with the boat. Had a few manatees almost flip us... scared the crap out of us as it was unexpected. Rocked us a bit and then took off.

A great boat, and great times with it.
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Im glad to see so many happy Hobie owners. Whatever model you choose they all have the efficient mirage drive.
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Hobie are releasing new model mirage drive with reverse.
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Hobie are releasing new model mirage drive with reverse.
Mike,

I'm not real excited about it, and feel there's little value for most kayakers. I've turned mine around on rare occasions, but for really tight turns or reverse the paddles work quite well.

We do have some mangrove "tunnels" where the reverse might be of some value, but pulling the paddles apart and using a half paddle is quite effective, especially when when you need to pull the kayak sideways.
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Mike,

I'm not real excited about it, and feel there's little value for most kayakers. I've turned mine around on rare occasions, but for really tight turns or reverse the paddles work quite well.

We do have some mangrove "tunnels" where the reverse might be of some value, but pulling the paddles apart and using a half paddle is quite effective, especially when when you need to pull the kayak sideways.
You're right about using a half paddle in mangrove tunnels but it would, however, be very helpful when fishing. To be able to flip the lever and back up with a fishing rod in one hand would be terrific. I do fish from time to time with a Revo 13 and I would appreciate that feature. Also like the new, more comfortable seats available. I will be inquiring about trading in one of my Revos for a new model
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You're right about using a half paddle in mangrove tunnels but it would, however, be very helpful when fishing. To be able to flip the lever and back up with a fishing rod in one hand would be terrific. I do fish from time to time with a Revo 13 and I would appreciate that feature. Also like the new, more comfortable seats available. I will be inquiring about trading in one of my Revos for a new model
LidoKey,

Good point for the fisher people....... I don't fish.. I just eat them.
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Hello everyone, this is my first post to forum.


I purchased a 2016 Hobie Mirage Oasis Tandem yesterday from Austin Canoe and Kayak (ACK) in Houston. I was actually on my way to purchase a used Oasis from a craigslist seller. It was priced at $2999.00 and I got them down to $2150.00 so I felt pretty good about it.


While on the way I called ACK to ask a few question about what to look for on the used unit. They were gracious and answered my question. I did tell them I purchased 2 ocean kayaks last year from them at demo days which is going on right now. I was shocked when they offered me a 2016 model for $2893.61 total walkout and the price included a heavy duty scupper cart. That was less than $750 more for a new unit and included a warranty, all the other upgrades and that it would be trouble free, than the used model AND the seller said he could not find the serial number to know for sure what year model but thought it was a 2006 as he purchased it second hand in 2010.


That was enough for me to turn the truck around and head to south Houston (I live 90 miles east of Houston) as I was headed north Houston. I purchased the new unit and glad I did. I really wanted the new Vantage seating. The only thing that would have made the deal perfect is if it would have had the mirage 180 on it. However, I think I will wait a year or two and let them get the bugs out of the new system and then purchase one unit for the tandem. I do not see why both would need reverse.


My next post will be some specific questions about the Oasis that I hope will be answered.
Thank you and glad to be here!

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