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Topic: Just got an AI -- what are essential add-ons/replacement parts?  (Read 3941 times)

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eelkram

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I have a full set of extra drain plugs too. 


+1 the drain plugs and rudder pin.  I'd also recommend PatR's mounts.  They've worked great for me for my old AI and my current AI. 
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+1 the drain plugs and rudder pin.  I'd also recommend PatR's mounts.  They've worked great for me for my old AI and my current AI.

What's PatR's?


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+1 the drain plugs and rudder pin.  I'd also recommend PatR's mounts.  They've worked great for me for my old AI and my current AI.

What's PatR's?

He's a member that made mounts for the AI/TI.
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I agree, his Scotty and RAM mount adapters for akas and crossbars are great.
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+1 on PatR's mounts (I use them for FF head, downrigger, rod holders and they are absolutely great as HAKA)

Some other things to consider:
- brace shear pin and nut (these break easily, as they should - I have several spares)
- tramps
- use foam noodle to hold white roller mast balls (bearings) from falling during transportation
- bow shackle


if you are sailing:
- HAKA (I use backboards)
- tiller extension (I used DIY on my previous AI, and my "new" TI came with Hobie's one)
- Harken HK476 X-treme Angle fairlead
- Vane / wind indicator (costly, but useful for beginners)

Consider mods from http://www.kayakingbob.com/hobie-ai
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Beach wheels and PVC cart - http://www.norcalkayakanglers.com/index.php?topic=93136.0
Lowrance Elite 5 CHIRP -http://www.norcalkayakanglers.com/index.php?topic=95647.0

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2012 AI (white)
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Welcome to the maddest corner of the madness!

Lots of good advice above, but I'd disagree with the anti-drill crowd. Get the Hobie thru-hull wiring kit:

https://www.austinkayak.com/Hobie-Thru-Hull-Wiring-Kit/ACK12509P.html

Pricey, but you'll get 0 leakage with that, which is not the case if you try to route things thru the front hatch.

Speaking of the front hatch, do something to make it more watertight. IMHO, that's the one flaw in the boat. There are lots of simple options, from a "shower cap" to yoga mat and so on (search on the Hobie forum). My solution is a 1/2" diameter silicone tube that fits in the groove, keeping the seal waterproof when things flex.

I like the Railblaza mounts, especially on the haka bars. I'd also recommend their "sideport" mounts for inside the pockets (reinforce the inside).

If you like to sail, you should take a look at the spinnaker kit that Hobie sells. That can be a lot of fun in the right conditions.
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I may look into drilling holes for the FF cables. It would certainly tidy up the deck and it's true that the front hatch can leak. Have fun customizing your boat. Everyone has different ways and preferences of rigging their Islands. A PVC multi-rod holder is a fun project and a great tool for storage and rod-deployment while fishing, especially salmon-trolling.
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Welcome to the maddest corner of the madness!

Lots of good advice above, but I'd disagree with the anti-drill crowd. Get the Hobie thru-hull wiring kit:

https://www.austinkayak.com/Hobie-Thru-Hull-Wiring-Kit/ACK12509P.html

Pricey, but you'll get 0 leakage with that, which is not the case if you try to route things thru the front hatch.

Speaking of the front hatch, do something to make it more watertight. IMHO, that's the one flaw in the boat. There are lots of simple options, from a "shower cap" to yoga mat and so on (search on the Hobie forum). My solution is a 1/2" diameter silicone tube that fits in the groove, keeping the seal waterproof when things flex.

I like the Railblaza mounts, especially on the haka bars. I'd also recommend their "sideport" mounts for inside the pockets (reinforce the inside).

If you like to sail, you should take a look at the spinnaker kit that Hobie sells. That can be a lot of fun in the right conditions.

I'm pumped and ready to test all this out.  Just waiting for Saturday morning and I can get it on the water.


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Iíve had good luck with a small sea anchor for surf.  The AI broaches right away with a following wave and the sea anchor will straighten it.  The last wave when your bow is already in the sand is the worst.  Rudder pin
and one brace bolt are sure to go but you get in.


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I tested it out on Lafayette Reservoir yesterday.  Lots of fun.  I took my 6 year old with me (in a wetsuit) and he said, "it's cold".  I replied, "But it's fun" and he replied, "more cold than fun".

I learned a lot -- like to not leave my daggerboard in the car and to make sure to keep the main sheet line above the AKAs inserting them (it was a bitch to try and fix on the water).

I also learned I want to get a trailer.  Car topping that thing is a pain, especially since the cross bars hang down and I have to pad them to prevent damage to the roof.

Overall very happy with the boat and excited to get it salty.
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A trailer makes it so much easier itís ridiculous. I have the Trailex 220S which is the same as the official Hobie trailer, minus a few bells and whistles, for a lot less money. It is still pricey, but very easy to assemble and mostly aluminum, so you can practically use it like a dolly.
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Congrats on the new ride!

So when is the next AI sailing get together?
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So when is the next AI sailing get together?

I would be interested too :smt006
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Heck yeah! ARW would be my 1st choice too :smt007
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