It has finally arrived and as luck would have it, I was not there to greet my new kayak due to being away fishing the Hobie Worlds in China. But on arrival back home I was soon over to Bantry Bay Canoes to get acquainted with what would be my fishing partner from now on. I had waited patiently for my Hobie Revolution 16, eager to make the transition from paddling to pedal power. The Hobie Worlds was a great way to familiarise myself with Hobie’s Mirage Pedal Drive System and the general control of the kayak on the water. Although we were using Pro Angler 14’s, it still opened my eyes to the benefits of using pedals over paddling.
I chose to go with the Revolution 16 due to my style of fishing. I like to fish the open sea and also large freshwater lakes therefore I wanted something that would be fast and cut through the water while still maintaining comfort and practicality with regards to fishing. The Hobie Revolution ticked all the boxes on paper and having a look at it on the shop floor of Bantry Bay Canoes I was very pleased with my choice.
Looking down the nose of the kayak it is clear that it will seperate the water rather than punch through. This should help maintain the speed and make for a smoother ride. Of course I will only see this when I get the chance to finally get on the water with it but it looks good. Quality fittings are used all round the kayak and stainless steel screws are a must when in the saltwater.
I chose the Ivory Dune colour as it is a little different to the colors of kayaks one might see around Ireland. Not only this, I like the colour too. There is a large hatch that opens up into the main hull at the front. The hatch cover is held closed by bungee and looks to be very water tight.
There are some nice features around the seating area in the form of meshed pockets which are always handy for holding items when out on the water. There is a round hatch going into the main hull just in front of the seating position which also houses a tackle box that comes standard with the kayak, What is nice about this round hatch cover is that it is not a screw off type but rather it has a twist latch and opens up on a hinge.
I guess the main thing that caught my eye with the Hobie Revolution 16 was the seat and the seating position. First off the seat is raised off the deck of the kayak meaning no water to cause any irritation when fishing. Not only this but Hobie have incorporated a pull cord scupper drain plug underneath the seat. If water was to splash in under the seat and into the well, a quick release of the plug and the water drains out. Such a small thing but what a great idea. The seat itself is the Vantage CT. It can be adjusted in a variety of ways which I am still to get familiar with. The seat can be completely removed from the kayak and has fold out legs to give you a seat when off the water. Once again, a small feature with a big benefit. The seat is not a metal frame so corrosion will not be any issue. I will only get the real feeling of this seat when I get out on the water and I cannot wait.
Behind the seat is a large rear well which has ample space to store a crate or one of Hobie’s additional items that can be purchased. Beyond this is the rudder system that comes rigged and standard on the Hobie Revolution 16. Operation of the rudder system is done by hand via the rudder control next to the seat on the left hand side. The rudder may also be raised and lowered via a pulley just infront of the seating position. The rudder moves with ease via the hand control. I will be able to comment further on this when I get to do a water test.
Finally I came to the Mirage Pedal System that makes the Hobie so unique. The Mirage Drive system allows hands free fishing and the use of the leg muscles instead of the arms. The pedals can be easily adjusted to suit the length of the legs making it more comfortable. On the new models the ST fin is used and this new fin has a larger surface area while still keeping a low friction pedal. The Mirage system has also been updated and now incorporates roller bearings to reduce friction and making it even easier to kick. The system fits through the hull in front of the seating position and locks into place. It can be easily removed when launching and coming back in. Hobie have also included a blanking piece that locks into place over the Mirage system slot on the kayak. This essentially blocks the gap for the pedal system when it is not in use and stops items falling through or water slashing up. Not to forget, but the Hobie Revolution is supplied with a paddle as well. I look forward to seeing how the kayak will paddle without the Mirage Pedal system.
So thats a quick first glance at my new kayak and hopefully I can get out soon to give it a real test on the water. To be honest I am confident that it will not disappoint. All the features of the kayak feel like quality. I can not wait to see what average speed I will be able to achieve and also how much stability I will actually have. From having a look over the Hobie Revolution 16 I am please with my purchase and lets hope that I get some great fishing on it. The actual specification of the Hobie Revolution 16 are as follows:
Length: 16′ / 4.88 m
Width: 27.5″ / .7 m
Capacity: 350 lbs / 159 kg
Fitted Hull Weight: 75.5 lbs / 34 kg
Fully Rigged Weight: 92 lbs / 42 kg
Hull Construction: Rotomolded Polyethylene
Until Next Time,