Thursday, July 24, 2014

Our Top 10 Hobie Kayak Accessories: #8 Talic Seahorse Rack

As we were setting up to show off some of our favorite accessories, we reached for the Talic Seahorse racks so we could quickly set the boat up, move it around easily and put it back quickly... then we thought, 'HEY! the Talic Seahorse is one of our favorite accessories TOO!' (Thus making this an 11 item "Top 10" list.) So here we have the Talic Seahorse rack - very lightweight, easy to fold and unfold, easy to store - a great rack to have at home or on the road so you can dial in your boat without having to stoop over!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Our Top 10 Hobie Kayak Accessories: #7 Hobie Kayaks Safety Flag & Light

We've all been there: "Just one more...", you're thinking. And then you realize that "just one more..." turned into "just a few more..." and suddenly daylight is slipping away. Not to worry! You have your Hobie Safety Flag and Light that you can pull out of it's convenient storage pouch, turn on and insert into either the molded in or Livewell rod holders. Boom! Enough light for "just one more..." (seriously this time though - just one more!).

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Coming this September! The Hobie Pro Angler 17T

We are incredibly excited to announce that we will have the just announced, all new Pro Anger 17T in store this September, ready for you and your favorite fishing partner to head out on your next adventure!

Below is Hobie's press release:

Oceanside, California, July 15, 2014 - Fishing out of one of Hobie’s Pro Angler 12- or 14’s is so much fun that Hobie is now making it possible for two anglers to share the experience in the same boat. Introducing the Pro Angler 17T. Three different configurations include traditional in-line tandem seating, face-to-face social tandem or solo, all with enough room for man’s best four-legged friend...and with plenty of space for standing, casting and fly fishing in comfort. 

This new Pro Angler 17T integrates all the features of its predecessors including Hobie’s iconic patented MirageDrive® pedal system and Vantage XT seating and adds new features such as the H-Rail System for customizing accessories, a tracking skeg for covering long distances and a battery platform for an optional trolling motor, crate or small cooler. The result is like nothing else on the market. A human-powered 17’ fishing machine. No gas needed, no-motor-zone compliant and made in the U.S.A. It does not get better.

“We challenged ourselves to expand our Pro Angler collection with a fully decked-out guide-style tandem where the aft passenger could provide MirageDrive power and put the front angler on the fish. We also wanted it to have the ability to hold an optional trolling motor for use as a bass boat,” commented Doug Skidmore, president of Hobie Cat Company. “Our new Pro Angler 17T meets that challenge.”

All anglers know that customizing their watercraft is a major part of ownership fun. The new patent-pending twelve-sided H-Rail mounting system runs along each side of the boat and provides a quick and easy way to secure multitudes of accessories. Two-each H-Rail Mounting Plates, Rod Racks and Cup Holders come stock with the boat. An infinite number of optional accessories can then be added to the H-Rail such as tackle bins, fish finders, camera mount or rod holders. 

The large rudder provides steerage and maneuverability while the new drop-down tracking skeg can be deployed when covering long distances in challenging conditions. An optional anchor trolley kit for anchors, drift chutes, nets or stakeout poles is easy to install using eight strategically placed brass inserts on each side. An optional Power-Pole® Micro with a customized Hobie mount can be added to the stern.

Our Top 10 Hobie Kayak Accessories: #6 Hobie Kayaks Livewell

The Hobie Livewell has more bells and whistles than you can shake your bait at! The on-board battery circulates fresh water into the tank to keep that bait alive and kickin'. Easy access and secure storage features make this a must for every tournament pro or avid angler. Intern and junior fishing team member, Gabe, shows you the highlights of this Top 10 accessory!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Our Top 10 Hobie Kayak Accessories: #5 Large Twist N Stow Rudder

If you live in a windy area (like we do!), have ST Turbo fins or have added a Mirage Sail Kit to your kayak, you might really enjoy the added control of the Large Twist N Stow Rudder!  With nearly double the active control surface of the standard rudder, you'll see a huge boost in response and speed of your turning action. CPO (chief paddling officer, of course) John Hart tells you why this is one of our top Hobie Kayak accessories!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Heroes On The Water

As we head into the 4th of July weekend, we thought we'd take a break from our usual broadcasting to thank those who have provided the independence we are so privileged to celebrate!

Heroes on the Water (HOW) is a great organization that helps veterans from all branches of the US military to unwind using the therapeutic nature of kayak fishing. Whether a warrior's scars are visible or not, all can benefit from spending time on the water in a long term, supportive environment.

We have  been lucky enough to work with these fine folk, organizing a fund raising bass tournament here in our home town of Hood River, OR. We're happy to say that the great fishermen and women that came out to support the tournament & other fundraising efforts allowed us to write a check to our local chapter of HOW for $2250. Just a very small thank you for lives dedicated to service and steep prices paid, but it was definitely heart felt from all involved!

HOW is free to the veterans it serves - every contribution goes to help a returning warrior get on the water and "calm the storm inside". If you're looking for a great organization to support, HOW is volunteer led and makes every dollar count!

Another way to help out that will take nothing more than a minute of your time, is to vote for HOW in the Canoe & Kayak Awards. Help these folks get the recognition they so richly deserve!

A big thank you to the local chapter of HOW for letting us get involved, a big thank you to the warriors served by HOW for the sacrifices they've made and many thanks to all veterans for giving us the independence we get to celebrate this weekend!

Monday, June 30, 2014

Our Top 10 Hobie Kayak Accessories: #4 The Plug In Cart

The Hobie Kayaks plug in cart is one of our universal "recommends" if someone asks what they need for their Hobie Kayak. None of the Hobies are known for being feather weights, and if you need to move your kayak from point A to B, the plug in cart is a great way to not only save your back but to get it done efficiently! Kayak Shed owner, John Hart, walks you through the various plug in cart options.