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PostPosted: Tue Jan 28, 2020 5:04 pm 
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I haven't done a water test yet, but it seems to be working fine.
Installation takes 5 minutes without drill any holes.

I replaced the aluminum rudder factory pin with a longer and thinner one in the area that goes into the rudder housing. I also added a clamcleat, the holes of which fit perfectly with the holes of the rails, I even used the same screws. :)






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PostPosted: Tue Apr 06, 2021 1:45 pm 
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I really want to do this Modification along with a H-Bar that i Ordered I do a lot of Bank and Shore Launches and getting feet wet for the rudder is just silly especially when it's cold - Is there a link to a brand or anyway you could help me get it right? I don't know why Hobie doesn't make a kit like this and save us all some trouble


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 07, 2021 5:42 am 
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As a suggestion to keep your feet dry during launching, I can attest these Kokatat launch socks are really good.
I have been using these for 5 years and having dry feet is the way to go in cold water.
IMHO, they are worth every penny!
https://www.outdoorplay.com/kokatat-hyd ... ?color=267

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 07, 2021 5:56 am 
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Ormonddude wrote:
I really want to do this Modification along with a H-Bar that i Ordered I do a lot of Bank and Shore Launches and getting feet wet for the rudder is just silly especially when it's cold - Is there a link to a brand or anyway you could help me get it right? I don't know why Hobie doesn't make a kit like this and save us all some trouble


Hey Ormonddude,
Take a look of the new removable rudder of the iTrek series, I think that will be a better solution. Of course, if Hobie decides to release it as a separate accessory. :)
I will try it as soon as possible and share the result.


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 07, 2021 12:38 pm 
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I only see replacement blades and not assemblies for the Itrek anyway can you tell em where you got the longer pin? I am most likely going to machine 1 myself from a stainless rod but it's a lot of work with basic power tools


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 07, 2021 12:42 pm 
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Dr.SteelheadCatcher wrote:
As a suggestion to keep your feet dry during launching, I can attest these Kokatat launch socks are really good.
I have been using these for 5 years and having dry feet is the way to go in cold water.
IMHO, they are worth every penny!
https://www.outdoorplay.com/kokatat-hyd ... ?color=267
this is a reasonable option but not what I am trying to achive my last Yak was a perception outlaw and i could literally just step onto it sit down and be off but it paddled heavy and this destroyed range. The Passport is a bottom end Hobie but still $1800 with Tax and they should stop treating it like a redheaded step child and by that I mean I chose it over other models for the wider cockpit and the Open Deck Platform because my dog likes to ride in the bow - Uprade drive to 180 no - Upgrade rudder no upgrade seat no - I honestly think this is a great boat and I just wish Hobie had more pride in it


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