Quick(er) Release Mirage drive

Show off your rigged kayak or tell us what you think of your new gear
Post Reply
User avatar
WAGrunter
Active member
Posts: 34
Joined: Sat Jul 16, 2016 9:09 pm
Location: Perth
Kayak: Hobie outback LE

Quick(er) Release Mirage drive

Post by WAGrunter » Tue Nov 08, 2016 8:29 pm

Image

Image

Image


Any easy trick with no modifications to the hull . I've replaced the self - tappers that hold the black plastic covers on the release levers , with stainless nuts n bolts with larger washers. Used some 6mm rope sheathed with the clear PVC ( for hook protection) shrink tubed to the washers . Cut a Pad eye in half and used centre hatch screw to hold it. Half pad eye holds down the pull-rope until I need it. This idea overcomes the need to raise yourself out of seat and hunch forward to flip open the levers . Surf retrieves less of a worry. Maybe not an issue for average " length " people. Hobbits and the elderly may be assisted. :geek:

User avatar
stealthfisha
Legend
Posts: 3274
Joined: Mon Aug 25, 2014 10:29 am
Location: QUEENSLANDER... trapped in SA!
Kayak: STEALTH PROFISHA 525

Re: Quick(er) Release Mirage drive

Post by stealthfisha » Tue Nov 08, 2016 8:39 pm

Bloody good idea kudos

User avatar
laneends
Regular member
Posts: 78
Joined: Fri Aug 29, 2014 11:52 pm
Location: melbourne
Kayak: Hobies ivory revo 16 red quest 13 Ivory quest 11

Re: Quick(er) Release Mirage drive

Post by laneends » Wed Nov 09, 2016 7:36 am

Have you had much on water practice with this. My only concern would be accidental nuisance tripping if it gets caught up with you foot or something else. There are enough cords and leashes hanging around already to tangle with. Wouldn't be hard devise a cover over it though to reduce this

Good principle though, timing the moment to reach forward and disconnect before bottoming out fins is a pain

User avatar
WAGrunter
Active member
Posts: 34
Joined: Sat Jul 16, 2016 9:09 pm
Location: Perth
Kayak: Hobie outback LE

Re: Quick(er) Release Mirage drive

Post by WAGrunter » Wed Nov 09, 2016 9:34 am

Taken out 3 times now with mod. Pad eye "clips " the rope in securely. All thumbs are up so far . Did not think about it until it was needed . Maybe someone could refine the concept ? Small screw in SS eyelets ?? Perhaps .Twin thru hull cords joining to a single pull handle - like the rudder ? Or with the rudder ? Oo!

Post Reply

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest