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    Tandem Kayak recommendation ?

    I am looking at getting a tandem kayak to fish with the missus & mates on occasion. I have fished from a Hobie Outback & liked it - So I imagine the "Outfitter" will be the way to go ?

    Any one used these & how do they go on your own as well ?

    Will be mostly fishing small creek around Wide Bay area & a few dams

    Regards Scotto

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    Re: Tandem Kayak recommendation ?

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    Re: Tandem Kayak recommendation ?

    Lucky_Phil, I had a look through the thread you posted. Can you tell me the kind of dollars for a basic Hobie Mirage? like the one in Steve Brown's photo's?
    Jack and I are definitely looking at buying one similar soon. We like the idea of the foot peddling - for me in particular because I'm not very strong in the arm department, say If I wanted to go on the lagoon on my own.
    Is there a brochure with prices? I gather there are various models.
    Are they sold by Ausfish? Any advice appreciated.

    Blackjenny

    "Summer breeze, makes me feel fine..."



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    Re: Tandem Kayak recommendation ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Blackjenny View Post
    Lucky_Phil, I had a look through the thread you posted. Can you tell me the kind of dollars for a basic Hobie Mirage? like the one in Steve Brown's photo's?
    Jack and I are definitely looking at buying one similar soon. We like the idea of the foot peddling - for me in particular because I'm not very strong in the arm department, say If I wanted to go on the lagoon on my own.
    Is there a brochure with prices? I gather there are various models. Are they sold by Ausfish? Any advice appreciated.
    They are very easy to pedal along..quite effortless.
    My wife and Steve's wife had no dramas at all pedalling around for quite a while.
    It is amazing the distance you do go and not realise it.
    http://www.ausfish.com.au/vforum/sho...d.php?t=136162

    As for prices...give Mal at Hobie a call. I collect mine this coming week. We have bought a good second hand one from him..looking forward to it.

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    Re: Tandem Kayak recommendation ?

    Thanks Phil & Pinhead - How do you go throwing lures around with 2 up - enough room between each other with out watching every cast ?

    I have also heard you can set the paddles up in reverse - forward at front & backwards at rear for better maneuverability in tight areas ?

    I am looking forward to the new purchase

    Regards Scotto

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    Thanks for that Pinhead. I have a better understanding now and have clicked on the advert that pops up on Ausfish for a better look.
    (Hadn't noticed it before )

    We are very interested and Blackjack has suggested we take a similar one for a test pedal around the Myall River. There is a newish hire place there with the pedal powered variety for us to experience.

    Meanwhile, just a few more days 'til 7 weeks holidays for the man. I cannot wait. I should say HE cannot wait. We'll be in our new home on Port Stephens and we'll be trying out our new Seafarer ....... well just everywhere, the lake, the river, the harbour, outside, even Broughton Island if conditions OK...the mind boggles.

    And we'll be trying out a tandem pedal powered kayak. Yes, I hope to be a good yakka!!! Stop laughing!
    Blackjenny

    "Summer breeze, makes me feel fine..."



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    Re: Tandem Kayak recommendation ?

    Scott,

    I've never fished out of a Hobie Outfitter before but have seen others using them on the occasional trip. Don't see any issues in both casting. YOu would need to be casting to the side though.

    I've got 2 of the Hobie fishing kayaks - the Outback (great for fishing calm waters. It's like a lounge chair on water) and the Adventure (the longest in the Hobie range. Designed for more off-shore work, which moves nicely through the water). You can do reverse but it requires you to lift the pedalling system (Mirage Drive) up & out and turn them around and place back in. A bit of stuffing around to be honest. The kayaks also come with the normal paddles. So I'd be simply using the paddle to reverse out a location.

    I do a little casting work and tend to use the double-ended paddle to manouver myself around, which works fine.

    Cheers,

    Pete
    ====================
    Hobie Outback 2012 &
    Hobie Oasis 2012
    ====================

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    Re: Tandem Kayak recommendation ?

    Im gunna chuck my 0.02 cents here and say dont get a double, get two singles.
    Cheers

    Steven

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    Re: Tandem Kayak recommendation ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Hi-Yo View Post
    Im gunna chuck my 0.02 cents here and say dont get a double, get two singles.
    Hi-Yo, obviously there must be some reasons you say get two. Would you be so kind as to give some pro's and con's? It'd be appreciated.
    Can you give a bit more than 0.02 cents worth? LOL Cheers


    Blackjenny

    "Summer breeze, makes me feel fine..."



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    Re: Tandem Kayak recommendation ?

    Am more than happy with the Outfitter that I have, as you can see in other threads. Easy to use and fish out of. Highly recommend it if you want to fish with the missus, or kids, or mates. No problem with both casting. You can also sit side ways and dangle your legs over the side if you like and fish in a spot for a while, they are very stable.

    Cost is just under $3000.oo

    You can pick them up second hand if you are lucky, they don't get much cheaper though, they hold their price very well.

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    Re: Tandem Kayak recommendation ?

    Why two, cause thats what you will end up purchasing anyway.

    How you say.

    No matter how committed you think your fishing buddy is in the end you will find that your dogma and carma dont mix, one will want to and the other will say ahhhhh I dunno,feel like whatever today.

    All great in the begining, thats for sure, but the novelty will drop off for one person.

    Double yaks are a pain in the butttt with only one person on them.

    So you will end up with a second.

    OK

    how big / heavy is everyone?? or both users?

    Can stop if you want?

    Your choice..so far that another 0.02cents and I have heaps of them to give away if you like.
    Cheers

    Steven

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    Re: Tandem Kayak recommendation ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Hi-Yo View Post
    Why two, cause thats what you will end up purchasing anyway.

    How you say.

    No matter how committed you think your fishing buddy is in the end you will find that your dogma and carma dont mix, one will want to and the other will say ahhhhh I dunno,feel like whatever today.

    All great in the begining, thats for sure, but the novelty will drop off for one person.

    Double yaks are a pain in the butttt with only one person on them.

    So you will end up with a second.

    OK

    how big / heavy is everyone?? or both users?

    Can stop if you want?

    Your choice..so far that another 0.02cents and I have heaps of them to give away if you like.
    did this happen to you Steve?? If so, perhaps it may be telling you something...LOL

    picked up my twin on Wednesday...cannot wait to get it on the water this afternoon.

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    Re: Tandem Kayak recommendation ?

    No it has not happened to me

    I have seen it happen to so many others

    also to those who wanted a canoe so that their mate / partner can go with them

    So all I am saying is get a one person SOT.

    I have had two yaks, One Paddle and now one pedal.

    It wil be intersting to see how Steve fares with his. Will have a chat to him on Sunday.

    The funny thing is when people make a not so good decision they are not going to post it all over the net.

    Thats 0.06 cents. Any one want some more.
    Cheers

    Steven

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    Re: Tandem Kayak recommendation ?

    Had a great time with mine at Wivenhoe on the weekend...grandson enjoyed pedalling around with me also. Did not do much fishing...mainly getting the young bloke used to it.

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    Re: Tandem Kayak recommendation ?

    this is the one i have....we paid about 1200 new with paddles and the seats from peppertown on the northside or wynnum kayaks get them in aswell for the south side........viking may even drop them to you if you call them.

    http://www.vikingkayak.com.au/fishin...Fisherman%20II

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