The maiden voyage of my Hobie Tandem Island turned out to be a little more adventurous than expected when all of a sudden we began to take on water in the hull. At the time I had no idea what caused that to happen but once I got all the water pumped out of the hull we were still able to have a great day of simple sailing with no more unforeseen issues. I am so glad that I had my water pump and sponges with me otherwise the outcome would have been very different.
Sibling bonding at its best while sailing and enjoying the beauty that nature has to offer that most take for granted or just never get to see and enjoy. 😊👍
Having shade is a very nice and sometimes important commodity to have when spending the day out on the water especially here in Florida while caught out during the midday sun which can get very hot and unforgiving at times. I have found the hexagon shape to be the best option when searching for a cover solution. I’m sure this can be done without having a sheet riser / utility bar but I’m definitely glad to have mine.
This video footage was taken over a year ago during the start of the pandemic. The video was located on a backup hard drive that I had misplaced and thought lost forever but I’m now so happy to have recently found it. I never got to go beyond adding the stand-n-fish system to the kayak but if there is an interest in showing more about it I will.
This video demonstrates how I chose to modify my Suzuki df2.5 four stroke outboard to run from an external fuel source which in my case is a modified plastic fuel container.
As they say “necessity is the mother of invention”. So I needed to come up with a way to protect the kayak when stored outdoors while also trying to maintain a budget… Kayak covers, in general, are pretty expensive and just covers the kayak itself but in my situation its more than just the hull that need protecting as this hobie also has amas which are almost as long as the kayak itself. This led me to try out a boat cover which ended up being a wonderful solution for me once I figured out how to deal with all the extra material the boat cover had to offer.
06/03/2020 – Knowing the winds were going to be high and coupled with weather predictions of a cloudy / overcast day with temps in the low 80’s and the weather radar showing rain prediction to the south of my location made it ideal for me to go out and ride the wind! What a fantastic time I had! I love my Pro Angler but I can hardly wait to get my recently acquired Hobie Tandem Island repaired and back in the water for some true action packed sailing fun so stay tuned for future upcoming sailing content!
Awww yeah! New project and bucket list sailing kayak that I picked up a couple of days ago and in my favorite color to boot! Hobie Mirage Tandem Island. This should be loads of fun! 😁
I just completed a leak check this afternoon on the hull to make sure that there are no hidden cracks which I don’t yet know about. It’s a bit time consuming to do but necessary sometimes for a peace of mind… At a length of 18.5 feet long – she is a beast! 😳
Although the last few months of 2018 had me very busy I made sure to find the time to work on this project I affectionately named POSEIDON in hopes of finishing it up for the start of the 2019 year. I did manage to document most of this conversion process which I share in this 35 minute video for those wanting to do a similar build as there is not a lot of information out there to be found. If you found this video useful or entertaining in any way then be sure and help support the channel by giving it a like and subscribing to my channel on YouTube and THANK YOU for watching.
► My parts list can be found here: https://floridafishhunter.wordpress.com/2017/01/23/hmmm-amas-on-a-hobie-pa14
See the available time lines links below for reference to a specific section of the video that you may be most interested in.
The Components – 0:35
Modified Xbar – 1:27
3d Printed Parts & Assembly – 5:17
Attaching Xbar Front Mounts – 11:21
Attaching Xbar Rear Mounts – 14:04
The Motor Mount – 17:58
Motor Mount Installation – 20:10
New Grab Bars – 21:22
The Motor – 23:14
Break-in Procedure – 24:43
Motor Tip – 25.51
Storage – 27:42
Aka Modification – 28:45
Maiden Voyage – 29:46