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Old 03-28-08, 06:05 PM   #1
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Anyone "pedal" a Hobie Kayak?

I just went to paddlesport 08 with a friend and I saw a series of Hobie kayaks that have some sort of pedal device sort of like a 'bent set-up. Anyone using this to get their cycling in on the water? I though tit looked kind of cool.
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I just went to paddlesport 08 with a friend and I saw a series of Hobie kayaks that have some sort of pedal device sort of like a 'bent set-up. Anyone using this to get their cycling in on the water? I though tit looked kind of cool.
I meant to type "thought it" but I like the original better
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They are great. The kayaks too.
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That sounds like a lot of fun. I bet you could go really fast pedaling and paddling simultaneously. I'll have to add this to my list of things to buy (or build) after college.
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Once long ago, I went canoeing, and ever since, have wondered why they didn't make an arrangement like that for canoes. It would let you go longer, faster, sit lower, etc, if done right.

On a lot of canoe and kayak trips, people are just floating with the current, and it wouldn't be as much of an issue then. But I went canoeing on a lake.

They did have the little pedal boats, but those are woefully inefficient and not something you'd want to use to go anywhere.
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Once long ago, I went canoeing, and ever since, have wondered why they didn't make an arrangement like that for canoes. It would let you go longer, faster, sit lower, etc, if done right.

On a lot of canoe and kayak trips, people are just floating with the current, and it wouldn't be as much of an issue then. But I went canoeing on a lake.

They did have the little pedal boats, but those are woefully inefficient and not something you'd want to use to go anywhere.
I don't canoe much so can't comment on them, but in kayaks a traditional type kayak will usually be a little faster in top speed than a hobie mirage drive. However the effort it takes to maintain a nice cruising speed seemes to be a lot less with the mirage drive than a traditional paddle kayak. The mirage drive will be destoyed in a whitewater rocks and fast current enviroment. Going against the wind or against the current, such as on a large lake or in salt water is where the pedal drive shines. It will easily move upwind when a normal kayak would be pushed backwards. Being hands free is great. You can cast and reel in fish while underway, or take pictures, or take small sips of your favorite koolaid.

If you like bicycles you will probably like hobie mirage drive kayaks.

Here is a link to the hobie forums on kayak fishing stuff website.

http://kfs.infopop.cc/eve/ubb.x/a/frm/f/5086057385
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