Yet another Hobie kayak model ; Compass

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Yet another Hobie kayak model ; Compass

Post by Zilch » Wed Aug 30, 2017 5:20 pm

As per title.

https://www.hobie.com/au/en/kayaks/mirage-compass/

The below is a copy and paste from the Scott Lovig site.

The Hobie Compass is the newest addition to their fleet and is a minimalistic fishing kayak that makes no compromises on quality and offers an incredible blend of stability, efficiency, manoeuvrability and reliability at an affordable price. *Coming Q4 2017 - Price TBA*

The Hobie Compass is supplied with the time-tested Mirage Drive pedal system with Glide Technology and is outfitted with a breathable mesh seat. Borrowing some design elements from the Pro Angler series, the Compass offers maximum stability and an oversized cockpit and flat deck for standing. The inverted rudder offers a sharp turning radius, making for high manoeuvrability. The refined bow shape (inspired by the Revolution series) affords the ability reach speeds not normally achieved in kayaks of it's dimensions. Angling-ready features include moulded-in rod holders, H-Track accessory mounts and a Lowrance-Ready transducer cavity for easy and effective fish finder installations.
Crew: 1
Length: 3.66 m \ 12’
Width: 0.86 m \ 34”
Capacity: 181 kg \ 400 lbs
Fitted Hull Weight: 31 kg \ 68 lbs
Fully Rigged Weight:39 kg \ 87 lbs
Hull Construction: Roto moulded Polyethylene
Colours: Lime & Slate

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Re: Yet another Hobie kayak model ; Compass

Post by geoffw » Fri Sep 01, 2017 10:40 am

Sounds good. I'd like to see a reduction in weight though.
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Re: Yet another Hobie kayak model ; Compass

Post by Bennito » Mon Sep 04, 2017 2:43 pm

Hobie driving the market again with new features!
I wonder what an affordable price is?
While I can't afford to continuously upgrade I'd like to give one a test drive.

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Re: Yet another Hobie kayak model ; Compass

Post by Zilch » Mon Sep 04, 2017 3:40 pm

Bennito wrote:
Mon Sep 04, 2017 2:43 pm
Hobie driving the market again with new features!
I wonder what an affordable price is?
While I can't afford to continuously upgrade I'd like to give one a test drive.
Binks (SA's Hobie dealer) at Somerton don't expect to see them for at least 2 months or even until early next year and believe they will be around $900 cheaper than the Outback i.e. their guess is around $2,500.


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Re: Yet another Hobie kayak model ; Compass

Post by yakkingbrendon » Mon Sep 04, 2017 8:00 pm

its a real interesting feature set . I am really keen to hear how the hull performs as my hobie Pa12 kicks my but off shore in any short of chop but my revo 13 is just so much less user friendly from a pure fishing point but its like getting on a hot rod when I use it in comparison .
I had a little misadventure last week on my revo that would not have happened on my PA that I will share in a TR in a week or two when the snapper frenzy dies down .... .
I also like to know if the square hatch mod ala outback can be done .
I understand the front hatch was probably lost as a weight saving feature but it's something I would really miss.
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Re: Yet another Hobie kayak model ; Compass

Post by Zilch » Mon Sep 04, 2017 8:19 pm

yakkingbrendon wrote:
Mon Sep 04, 2017 8:00 pm
I also like to know if the square hatch mod ala outback can be done .
There are several posts on YouTube and in some of them they say the square hatch can be fitted. They also recon it cuts through the water better i.e. more like a Revo. The pedal system doesn't come with the reverse mechanism.

I like my Outback but must admit I would prefer this rudder set up i.e. as per your PA.

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Re: Yet another Hobie kayak model ; Compass

Post by yakkingbrendon » Tue Sep 05, 2017 12:00 am

I had 3 rudder tangles in a few hours recently fishing from my revo drifting baits in strong winds and current . never happens in my PA
Great idea to delete the reverse drive as most people I know who don't fish bream or mangroves struggle to justify the price difference and extra complexity those who want it can upgrade.
I also miss the dual steering handles on the PA .
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Re: Yet another Hobie kayak model ; Compass

Post by Bennito » Tue Sep 05, 2017 5:03 pm

As a Revo 13 owner myself it is interesting to read comments. I've had a few rudder tangles, fallen out (couple of times), and still love it. Will the compass be a better fishing platform, probably. All round performance, who knows?

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Re: Yet another Hobie kayak model ; Compass

Post by yakkingbrendon » Tue Sep 05, 2017 8:31 pm

Bennito wrote:
Tue Sep 05, 2017 5:03 pm
As a Revo 13 owner myself it is interesting to read comments. I've had a few rudder tangles, fallen out (couple of times), and still love it. Will the compass be a better fishing platform, probably. All round performance, who knows?
yep fallen once and pulled over by a fish at night last week... Cant wait to get into a revo 13 with a decent seat
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