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Time for the move to pedal

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Re: Time for the move to pedal

Postby peatop » 26 Jun 2018, 15:07

Thanks guys, in the video Hoit is in a post 2015 hull and it looks like it rides very well in mono, however i can't afford a newer version of the AI, looking at the new revo there is far more room than in the previous models now it has the vantage seat, the tradeoffs in going to a yak instead of a barge im sure i could get used to. I guess i would have to give my carry box a good clean out to store my tackle instead of in hull.

If i had bought the quest instead of the Maverick last year i wouldn't be having these conflicting thoughts, however i think i have enough knowledge now to think about where to head from here.
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Re: Time for the move to pedal

Postby laneends » 26 Jun 2018, 16:11

peatop wrote:Thanks guys, in the video Hoit is in a post 2015 hull and it looks like it rides very well in mono, however i can't afford a newer version of the AI, looking at the new revo there is far more room than in the previous models now it has the vantage seat, the tradeoffs in going to a yak instead of a barge im sure i could get used to. I guess i would have to give my carry box a good clean out to store my tackle instead of in hull.

If i had bought the quest instead of the Maverick last year i wouldn't be having these conflicting thoughts, however i think i have enough knowledge now to think about where to head from here.


I store heaps in the center hatch of the revo and quests. Simply compartment off the inside with Noodles/ foam to prevent stuff sliding away, and use small containers and let them sit in the hull, dont use the hopeless hatch trays. You get the whole in hull area between drive well and seat, which is as far as you can reach to store stuff.
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Re: Time for the move to pedal

Postby shane » 26 Jun 2018, 16:42

peatop wrote:Thanks guys, in the video Hoit is in a post 2015 hull and it looks like it rides very well in mono, however i can't afford a newer version of the AI,


Actually Hoit was using a pre-2015 AI in that video, probably around a 2010-12 model. He upgraded just a couple of years ago. With your height I don't think you would have any issues using it in this mode as the seat and pedal positions should be OK. It is a wet ride with the standard seat being below the waterline. Dry pants help and there also some DIY mods including venturi's on the scuppers and raising the seat base.

I use a couple of sealed containers (systema) in the centre hatch to hold some tackle, using the whole area like Keith. I also have another systema case full of stick baits etc, that's attached to the front cross bar past the mirage drive. But most of my tackle is in a satchel attached to the back of the boat seat I use. You could rig something up off the crossbar using a soft Hobie seat. Otherwise you can put a crate in the rear deck but the base would need to be raised as the rear deck is typically flooded.
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Re: Time for the move to pedal

Postby peatop » 26 Jun 2018, 18:00

It's not the wet ride that i have issues with, it's all about comfort and the ability to move around to relieve stress/pain, the issue with changing the seat is it adds hight although this is fine in both dual and tri hull formation it's not in mono.

If my condition wasn't an issue then i would probably buy the AI and also an older PA or outback ;) . As previously stated if i was to buy a pre vantage seat AI i would fit a removable seat for non mono use and use/put up with using the wet ride seat for mono, this would just mean extra planing prior to fishing as to which setup im going to need, mono for a few hours, polynesian for full day on the bay, or fully setup for offshore or a day out sailing.

The issue is all about comfort, i have what could be called sciatica, if you have had it or similar you might understand where im coming from, but basically what it means is i have to constantly adjust to relieve/stop pain, the better the seating the less pain.

I probably need to test an older AI for a full day or sit in some pre vantage seat hobies with modified seats.
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Re: Time for the move to pedal

Postby Kiwidundee » 26 Jun 2018, 18:08

I have a 2014 outback which is pre vantage seat. 95% of my fishing is in PPB or WP but every once and a while I take her offshore from Portland or SWR. I'm careful with the weather but I find it very stable (out of the surf) and a good fishing platform. It is slow but then I'm not built for spead either. On the positive side it is light enough to pick up and throw on the roof.
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Re: Time for the move to pedal

Postby Tim399 » 26 Jun 2018, 19:05

If your interested in looking at the pre vantage seat PA’s with upgraded seats your more than welcome to swap yaks with me for a bit the next time we fish together :up:
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Re: Time for the move to pedal

Postby peatop » 29 Jun 2018, 00:10

You guys will be glad to hear I've made my choice to get a PA14 so i wont be anoying you with which one to get ;) lol, i decided on the PA for a few reasons but the 2 main ones being price and it will take me a while to strengthen my legs enough to go tuna chasing, this might give more of the secondhand revos fitted with vantage seats time to come on the market at a more affordable price for me to own 2 hobies ;) .

I went to AWS today to take a better look at the revo, while chatting with them the guy mentioned that they had a boat show bonus of a $500 drop so i was able to walk away with a reasonable setup for 4k, just need to go through the formality of seting up the axtra rod holders, lights, anchor, fishfinder well you know make it mine.
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Re: Time for the move to pedal

Postby shane » 29 Jun 2018, 15:07

peatop wrote:You guys will be glad to hear I've made my choice to get a PA14 so i wont be anoying you with which one to get ;) lol, i decided on the PA for a few reasons but the 2 main ones being price and it will take me a while to strengthen my legs enough to go tuna chasing, this might give more of the secondhand revos fitted with vantage seats time to come on the market at a more affordable price for me to own 2 hobies ;) .

I went to AWS today to take a better look at the revo, while chatting with them the guy mentioned that they had a boat show bonus of a $500 drop so i was able to walk away with a reasonable setup for 4k, just need to go through the formality of seting up the axtra rod holders, lights, anchor, fishfinder well you know make it mine.


So did you walk away with a PA or a Revo?
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Re: Time for the move to pedal

Postby wokka1 » 29 Jun 2018, 16:12

Boat show special is definitely worth a look if you are in the market for a mirage drive Yak. :evilgrin: :evilgrin: :evilgrin:
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Re: Time for the move to pedal

Postby spider25160 » 29 Jun 2018, 19:24

peatop wrote:You guys will be glad to hear I've made my choice to get a PA14 .

All I can say is GOOD CHOICE :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :thumbsup:
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