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Another vote for Hobie.

Hobie kayaks are expensive, but the resale value tends to be high, in case you end up being one of those weirdos who doesn't like to kayak fish...

I've never fished from a Sit-IN-Kayak, but I find the abbreviation SINK to be a major turn off...

General Fishing Tips / Re: Lip gripper recommendation
« on: June 22, 2024, 03:06:46 PM »
Another vote for plastic. Simplicity when kayak fishing is a good thing (said the guy who pilots an AI with 2 sails and a bazilion ropes...).

Shimano Tekota 500HG is a great reel for the price, and I'd suggest getting a heavier-duty rod than you think you'll ever need, so you're not overmatched when you hook that 40+ pound halibut. Also, leash your rod to the kayak, and be sure to carry a knife that you can access instantly...

A saint and an ark? Are you trying to catch 2 of each kind of fish?

General Fishing Tips / Re: Trailer vs Hobie Trax Wheels
« on: June 21, 2024, 09:52:35 PM »
Yes to wheels, but I'm not sure the Hobie Trax wheels are suitable for beach launches. Wheeleez  are popular...

Kayak Sailing / Re: Mr. X rides again!
« on: June 20, 2024, 11:57:29 AM »
Mr. X is out of Seymour Narrows!  He is leading the 3rd group of boats, vaulting from 29th to 23th place.

And 43NM in the past 24 hours. At that rate, he should finish ahead of the Grim Sweeper…

Kayak Sailing / Re: Mr. X rides again!
« on: June 19, 2024, 09:54:51 PM »
Looks like Mr. X has settled into a cove for the night with Skoftig and Outtaspace. I hope he is doing well and having fun. Sadly it looks like in addition to Forget-Me-Knot the kayaker Let's Wing It has dropped out.

Sadly, it looks like Boogie Barge is done too.

Kayak Sailing / Re: Mr. X rides again!
« on: June 19, 2024, 06:54:35 PM »
Looks like Forget Me Knot might be out... yesterday was her 2nd day on land.

Tracker shows -36NM in the past 24 hours.

Kayak Sailing / Re: Mr. X rides again!
« on: June 17, 2024, 12:41:46 PM »
The Boogie Barge took an interesting route yesterday.

I noticed that. Maybe too narrow for the sailboats to effectively tack?

I read in the rules that it's allowed to portage (provided there is no support, of course), and I was wondering if the Boogie Bargers (or some other unconventional team) might try that. Apparently not...

Kayak Sailing / Re: Mr. X rides again!
« on: June 17, 2024, 07:42:23 AM »
Barring a major mishap, it looks like the leading boat will easily finish today. Assuming that is the case, if I read the R2AK website correctly, the sweeper boat (the "Grim Sweeper") will launch on the 21st, and cover 75 miles/day, and once it passes a boat, that boat is required to exit the race.

So far, it looks like Mr. X is averaging about 40NM per day, which is very impressive. If he can continue to average 40NM per day, and all of that is made good towards the finish line (as opposed to, say, tacking back and forth for 40NM, which would result in less than 40NM of actual progress), by my calculation, he'll finish the race about 1 day ahead of the Grim Sweeper...

Kayak Sailing / Re: Mr. X rides again!
« on: June 17, 2024, 05:56:30 AM »
Seymour Narrows is gonna be tough, heading straight into the wind, something Hobie adventure island not good at.  A jib could come in handy.

In the video linked above he's running some kind of genoa.

That's the Hobie spinnaker for the AI (it's a bit smaller than the one that is designed for the TI). It's only useful downwind (or nearly so). Unfortunately, Hobie doesn't sell a jib for the TI/AI, but a lot of people have made custom versions.

Hobie Kayaks / Hobie to make Adventure Islands again???
« on: June 16, 2024, 08:33:31 PM »
I posted to the Hobie forum in February about some AI-related issues. I didn't notice at the time, but someone from Hobie posted the following (at https://www.hobie.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=71&t=68946&start=15):

My understanding is that the AI would return as part of the restart of sailing products under the Hobie Company umbrella again. This will be somewhat of a slow return I would guess as they are still moving materials to the Mexico factory. It's a huge project with many moving parts.

The guy who posted that, Matt Miller, has since retired, but he was considered the best informed of the Hobie people on the forum. Well, it's 4 months later and it seems that nothing has happened, but maybe there's hope...

Kayak Sailing / Re: Mr. X rides again!
« on: June 16, 2024, 05:27:49 PM »
Seymour Narrows is gonna be tough, heading straight into the wind, something Hobie adventure island not good at.  A jib could come in handy.

He is heading into the wind, but the winds look to be very light for the next several days. Hopefully, he can use the current to his advantage.

Kayak Sailing / Re: Mr. X rides again!
« on: June 15, 2024, 06:08:25 PM »
Sailing with Mr. X:


Very cool video.

Towards the front of the race, Team Brio is currently 5th, and it looks like they are trying a radical shortcut. It'll be interesting to see if that pays off.

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