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Reviews for Mirage Tandem Island Kayak by Hobie Cat Company

Rated: 9.75/10 Based On: 4 Reviews

Mirage Tandem Island Kayak by Hobie Cat Company

Length: 18' 6" - Width: 99.99" - Starting at: $6199.00
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Submitted by: Tom RootSend Email
Rating: 10 of 10

     I have taken mine out 3 times now and all I can say is WOW! It is a great machine, as in 4 modes of propulsion, Paddle, Mirage Drive, Sail, and Electric Motor! Extremely flexible craft! One or two persons easily control this boat! I have THE original Adventure Island Prototype (Single Seat) and what an improvement this is! Get the Trampolines and Spray Guards as this is a wet boat when getting your sailing thrills! It is well worth the money! The 3 Hatches are roomy too! I have a 26' Sailboat but will probably end up using this craft even more than that! Downwind performance does lack a bit, but not concerting enough to downgrade! Upwind it tacks well when peddling through the tack! What else can I say about this boat other than....get one, you won't be disappointed with it at all!
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Rating: 10 of 10

     Although the Hobie Tandem Island (TI) is a bit expensive, it comes with a lot of versatility. It comes with 2 turbo mirage drives (the foot pedal system, and turbo means larger fins), which are quite nice when the wind quits and you still have to get home. When really pushing we can get the boat up to 6 knots.

The sail rig is great for when you have wind, and it comes with outriggers to keep you upright. A 25 mile trip is quite easy in this boat.

As a kayak, without the sail rig and outriggers, it is still a fun boat. It has a bit of freeboard, so bring the sail rig on windy days.

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Rating: 9 of 10

     Got this in 2010 at the end of the season. Sail it in tidal river off Ches. Bay. Great fun...sails great as single or double. Can go over 10 mph in the right wind and seas. Would give it a 10 but have had multiple small repairs... not nearly as robust as a regular Hobie Cat.
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Rating: 10 of 10

     Reviewing the Hobie TI, without the sailrig and aka's, and with just paddles:

With the sail rig, it's nice and stable, and will perform as expected, speedy a little leg effort on the Mirage drive with the sail out and you can get a long way. It is great for island hoping in coastal waters, a 25 mile trek is not a big deal.

Without the sail rig, it's a heavy, long boat. It will haul a lot, and, again, Hobie's Mirage drive make it really easy to get around, 6 to 10 miles are no sweat.

Without the Mirage drive and rudder and a little breeze, and shallow water, it gets weather cocked like crazy and starts to become what you would expect of a 18' 6" boat with lots of freeboard, just like a canoe.

What I really like about the TI (Hobie Tandem Island) is the support from Hobie. They have a great set of forums to post questions, modifications, repairs, etc.

It's a great boat, especially because you can take someone out for a ride with you.

That said, I still love my wood 17' Chesapeake from CLC, I just don't want to ever have to choose just one boat.

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