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 Post subject: Hull slap meaning
PostPosted: Sat Feb 09, 2019 1:05 am 
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When people talk about the Hobie Outback having issues with hull slap, what specifically are they referring to and which years? Thanks for helping me understand this.


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 Post subject: Re: Hull slap meaning
PostPosted: Sat Feb 09, 2019 3:59 am 
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I can't speak for the new 2019 model, but all Outbacks that I've been in since 2004 are prone to hull slap; especially if lightly loaded or loaded with too much weight to the rear relative to the bow.

Hull slap is the sound of the ripples/chop in the water slapping against the hull of the kayak. Hulls that have a flat surface after the bow seem to produce more hull slap (noise) which will slow the kayak and reduce tracking if you paddling without the rudder down. Some claim the noise will frighten fish in shallow water. On the Outback, hull slap is the penalty you pay for the extra stability.

In my experience, hull slap on the Outback can be mostly eliminated if the yak is properly loaded (i.e., the bow is down in the water). You will still get some slap from the flaring above the bow in light chop, but it's not too bad in most conditions if the yak is properly loaded.

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 Post subject: Re: Hull slap meaning
PostPosted: Sat Feb 09, 2019 7:07 am 
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Everything I needed to know, thanks for responding!


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 Post subject: Re: Hull slap meaning
PostPosted: Sat Feb 09, 2019 1:42 pm 
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I carry my fish bag loaded with fish, beer and ice so I RARELY have hull slap on my 2018. Of course with an average of 150 lbs of fish on bow at end of day it really slows things down coming back in. I would still rather have hull slap than getting soaked in the 2019 Outback with water coming over bow.


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