Hobie revolution maiden voyage
Drove down from VT this past weekend with the new kayak still wrapped. Unwrapped it on my buddies driveway in Cotuit and used it all weekend. First moments were a bit uneasy. Foot pedals were not set in correct position so I couldn't extend my legs very far and my weight was too concentrated making the kayak feel very tippsy. Corrected the pedal length and all was right with the world. Kayak was great for getting to points and areas with less fishermen. Very stable and moved quickly through the water. Casting from the sitting position was OK but not the most comfortable so I decided to try sitting side saddle. This worked great and the kayak felt very stable. Sat on the hatch cover and used the seat as my stripping basket. Casts of 60 feet or more were no trouble from that poistion. Was able to position the kayak while side saddle using my right hand to pedal and left hand to steer putting the wind at my back. Was able to land a few schoolie bass and one nice blue casting side saddle. Legs could pedal all day with very little fatigue. Getting in and out took a little bit to get used to but after a few times was very easy. Took a chop well. For now (if ever), I wouldn't want to be in anything over a foot.
Things to change:
Footwear - Wading boots were too bulky and casued some foot fatigue after a few hours. A more comfortable sneaker style wading shoe with rubber soles and less bulk are on the list.
Line tender - The seat worked well but next time I think I'll try putting my stripping basket on the seat or make up some sort of matt with cones to keep line separated. Very important to stretch line BEFORE getting out on the yak. I was too excited to use the boat each day so I kept forgeting.
PFD - I used a manual self inflate PFD and it worked great. Buddy used a foam PFD and it was too bulky to cast comfortabely so he will be changing to a self inflate PFD.
Staff - Wish I had a staff with teather to anchor boat in the shallows to get out and cast. Hope to have one by next weekend.
Wheels - Inflatable wheels worked much better then the standard wheels for portage in sand.
Overall a great experience with some fish caught. I think I'm going to like this.
"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the things you did. So throw off the bowlines. Explore. Dream. Discover." - Mark Twain, 1879