Hobie’s newest boats offer more adventure
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Since 1950, Hobie Cat Company has been in the business of shaping a unique lifestyle based around fun, water and innovative quality products. From their headquarters in Oceanside, California, Hobie Cat Company manufactures, distributes and markets an impressive collection of eco-sensitive watercraft worldwide, with subsidiaries; Hobie Cat Australasia in Huskisson, NSW, Australia and Hobie Cat Europe in Toulon, France and independent distributors; Hobie Kayak Europe and Hobie Cat Brazil. These products include an ever-expanding line of recreation and racing sailboats, pedal-driven and paddle sit-on-top recreation and fishing kayaks, inflatable kayaks, fishing boats and stand-up paddleboards, plus a complementary array of parts and accessories. Namesake Hobart “Hobie” Alter, who started out shaping surfboards, and ended up shaping a culture, passed away peacefully at his Palm Desert home in spring of 2014. He was 80. His legacy of innovation continues.
This past fall, Hobie introduced its Mirage Pro Angler 17T. Three different configurations include traditional in-line tandem seating, face-to-face social seating or solo, all with room for man’s best four-legged friend and with plenty of space for standing, casting and fly-fishing in comfort. Hobie’s patented MirageDrive with Glide Technology pedal system and Vantage XT seating are partnered with 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. It’s a human-powered 17-foot fishing machine. No gas needed. No-motor-zone compliant.
Hobie is kicking off 2015 with a big splash with the total redesign of its Hobie Mirage Adventure Island and larger Hobie Mirage Tandem Island. These boats incorporate a combination of new Hobie technology (Vantage CT seating and MirageDrive with Glide Technology) and targeted re-design (think iPhone 6 versus the older iPhone 4). Whether the preference is to fish and sail one’s own boat, or enjoy the experience with a partner, these boats are powerful but easy-to use combinations of specially-designed pedal-driven hulls, sail and sail masts and Polynesian outrigger-style akas and amas for beginners to accomplished anglers. ♦