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[*] posted on 2-18-2018 at 09:07 AM
Fishing Kayaks - elevated seat?

OK everyone, starting to do my research here.

So I'm thinking that the pedal power drives are proabaly a worthwhile (and expensive) option on your fishing Kayak.

But in looking at those all decked out primo models, they put an elevated seat on em. I understand the value of that for fishing, and pedaling, but does it create alot of instability, if the wind comes up, or some swell, does it become more unstable?
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[*] posted on 2-18-2018 at 09:14 AM

The Hobie seat on my kayak has two settings. You can lower it by about two inches. The only instability issue I had was when sailing and had her heeled over and caught a swell. No issues at all when fishing.

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[*] posted on 2-18-2018 at 09:15 AM

I have an older hobie outback and the seat is not really elevated but I think next year I will get a newer one with elevated seat
They make up for height by making the craft wider. Most are so stable you can stand to fish.
I have also been watching lots of videos on surf launching these things. Its not easy but they are doing it in some pretty heavy surf.
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[*] posted on 2-18-2018 at 02:37 PM

Not sure how and where you plan to use your kayak but my only caution is that if you plan to use it only in Baja, the Mirage drives do break down, and will be a long ways, or a very long ways from any available parts. Most Hobie owners that will purchase spares of the parts that are susceptible.. Cables, chains, fins and pulleys etc. A small shopping bag of these parts can cost you $500 at least. A complete spare drive retails for around $750 for the newest version, and because of all the patents they have, there is no reason to offer a 20 or 30% off sale. I am a true fan of Hobie, the company. Their products are innovative and they seem to know what the customers want before they do. Just too many expensive, moving parts for a spot 300+ miles from the closest parts supply IMO.

There is no magic in launching a kayak in heavy surf. You just have to point the bow into the waves and paddle or pedal like mad until you are outside the surfline. The real test is coming back in to the shore in the surf. Every Hobie I have used or seen used will get sideways in a heartbeat when trying to land in the surf. Not a big deal unless you forgot to tether your Mirage drive or favorite fishing outfit.
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[*] posted on 2-18-2018 at 02:41 PM

Agreed^^^. Just get a regular side inside and go for it.

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[*] posted on 2-18-2018 at 04:40 PM

I think a back rest or lumbar support would be more beneficial than a higher center of gravity. BTW, a buddy o' mine caught a 50# dog snapper in an open kayak, towed him around for an hour and 45 minutes, and I had to gaff it into my inflatable because it wouldn't fit in his Li'l boat.

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