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Apr 13, 2018 10:47AM Post #1
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I bought a Hobie Revolution 13 last November and have been gradually getting it set up for (hopefully) fishing this year. Right now I'm basically just trying to get the feel of it: stability; what kind of weather it will hold up in; how I can handle various gear; how quickly I can get back to shore if necessary; and so on--all from the perspective of a 210-pound guy with a number of chronic conditions who will be turning 65 before the year is out.

So far, I've been on the water with it eight or nine times. Recently I tried my hand at some prawning. Pulling up a trap and 300 feet of weighted line from a sit-on-top is a bit of a challenge for an ageing newbie--particularly managing the trap and mass of line once you've got it back up--but the effort can be rewarding.


Apr 15, 2018 9:31PM Post #2
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WOW Cliff
YOU must have popeye arms. I have been thinking the same thing for the last three years but never decided. I have been looking at the Hobie pro as its wider. I think its allot more stable for me as I am not a good swimmer. I think your on the right course though to take it easy and get use to your kayak. Are you practicing in a bay? Keep us posted on all your adventures especially fishing.
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Apr 16, 2018 10:59AM Post #3
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Gil,

Well, I certainly had some sore arms.

I came within an ace of buying a used Hobie Pro-Angler 14 precisely because of the stability, but in the end I decided on the Revolution 13. I had some early misgivings, but now I'm pretty satisfied with the choice.

The extra room and stability of the Pro-Angler is great, but that comes with a cost--and I'm not just talking dollars, though there is a considerable difference in price. Among other things, the Pro-Angler is quite a bit heavier, so it would be harder to load and unload. And even getting the lighter Revolution from the car to the water can be a real pain in some spots where you have to deal with varying terrain--like humping it over and around logs, rocks, and dragging it through soft sand. And the Revolution is faster--something that has already come in handy when I had to beat it back to shore when some unexpected nasty weather blew in. Of course there are options between the Pro-Angler and the Revolution.

Anyway, I hope I catch a fish or two from the kayak. And hopefully I'll be able to catch up with you for some beach fishing again this year.

Cliff


Apr 16, 2018 10:37PM Post #4
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We have a huge house now. so your welcome for a stay over if you like.

gil
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Apr 17, 2018 3:56PM Post #5
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That's a very kind offer, Gil. If I get some health issues resolved before the fall beach fishing season gets underway, I might take you up on that.

Best regards,
Cliff
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