Hobie have been manufacturing kayaks for years now and have produced some classic designs. These days however they are producing kayaks that are nothing short of revolutionary! Innovative pedal-powered drive systems, some of the best deck-features available and even the ability to sail some models. These kayaks are a unique and truly premier craft in the paddling world.
Unlike the majority of kayaks, Hobie Kayaks can be paddled, pedaled with the help of the renowned Mirage drive or even sailed with the ability of an optional sail kit on some models. The Mirage Drive is a pedal powered system that uses rubber fins based on Penguin wings to propel the kayak through the water. This incredible piece of kit is designed to be as efficient as possible, with users being able to maintain a steady speed with as little effort as a walking pace. The majority of individuals will generally have more strength and stamina in their leg muscles rather than their arms. Bearing this in mind, Hobie's are an excellent craft if you are looking to travel further for longer, without having to wear yourself down in the process.
With help from the Hobie Mirage Drive, hands free exploring of Britains waterways is a breeze. The British Isles has some fantastic scenery and diverse wildlife including seals, dolphins and birds; and what better way to see all of this then from the comfort of a Hobie Kayaks.
The Perfect Fishing Kayak?
With the hull being propelled through the water using the unique Mirage Drive pedal system powered by your feet, your hands are left completely free to fish with! This provides a number of advantages to the angler such as trolling whilst holding the rod, holding position in a tidal run or in the wind whilst fishing, drifting a bottom bait when there is no tide, current or wind to assist you, moving the kayak whilst playing a fish.... and much more!
These are huge advantages, particularly for lure anglers... advantages which are mostly unachievable when having to paddle a kayak. These advantages emphasize why many kayak fisherman, lure anglers in particular, have opted for a Hobie Mirage Drive fishing kayak as their go to craft.
Some of the best times to enjoy your Hobie Kayak are throughout the summer months. However, there is no reason that you shouldn't paddle all year round if you are appropriately dressed for the conditions. Take a look at our What to Wear page, if you are interested in the equipment and clothing that is recommended for use with a Hobie Kayak.
Hobie's Standard Equipment - What you don't get from any other kayak!