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What is the most distance you have peddled (no sail) in a Hobie AI or TI in a day?
1 mile 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
5 miles 9%  9%  [ 1 ]
10 miles 9%  9%  [ 1 ]
20 miles 55%  55%  [ 6 ]
30 miles 9%  9%  [ 1 ]
40 miles+ 18%  18%  [ 2 ]
Total votes : 11
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 23, 2013 11:51 pm 
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Hi guys,

This is me:

Here's the vessel to date:

It's going to be a huge adventure. Looking for any advice people have to offer, and to establish some online counterparts to bounce questions off before, and maybe even during the voyage.



PostPosted: Thu Jan 24, 2013 4:10 pm 
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I don't have an adventure island, But I have pedaled my Revo11 maybe as much as 9 miles in a day. So i cast my vote for 10miles. Hope I don't skew your results. Keep up the good work, very worthy cause!

PostPosted: Thu Jan 24, 2013 4:25 pm 
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I've done 18 miles in one day in my non-Island Adventure without getting out of the seat. You could do 25 or more easily with a break or two.

Southwest Hobie Island Club

PostPosted: Fri Jan 25, 2013 2:43 am 
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Location: Sollentuna, Sweden, Europe
I made a personal race to see what distance I could go in 24h. 122km = 75,8 miles. In an Adventure (kayak, not Island). :D

I have also made 2 trips (1-day) over 30 miles and one 27 mile-day trip. Also in Adventure kayak (not in Island).
And NO! Even with breaks, it was not easy!

But these very long day-trips are really too hard on my body and there will be no more of these crazy distances-in-day. :roll:


PostPosted: Mon Jan 28, 2013 6:50 pm 
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Joined: Tue Oct 18, 2011 3:33 pm
Posts: 336
Location: Adelaide, South Australia
Hi Andy.

Rob and I crossed the Gulf of St Vincent in South Australia -
31 NM in 7.5 hours.
This doesn't compare to your plans but we did a comprehensive
risk management and passage plan which may give you some "ahas".
Have a look at -

We were able to maintain radio contact with 5W radios, due to the distance.
We went West to East due to the winds and didn't paddle at all.

Rob has Haka seats and tramps on the kayak we used.
This with a tiller extension allows holding down the windward ama and
helming from there. Probably the biggest advantage of this setup was
the ability to move around the craft and sit in a different body position.
It is even possible to lay on the Haka in calmer waters.

We didn't have the overnight considerations that you will have but there
are quite a few that have camped out.

I also have an engine mount and a 4 HP outboard which works well.
Because of the winds, we didn't bother to take in on the crossing.

Anyway, keep the forum going, we will all be interested in your setup
and adventure.

Cheers, Brian in South Australia
Tandem Island -

PostPosted: Sat Feb 02, 2013 1:36 pm 
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Location: Auckland NZ
I have regularly done more than 20 (statute) miles in my adventure; the actual distance is difficult to calculate but is probably more like 25 miles. This in relatively calm water and light winds; it would be a different story in less benign conditions. The trip I generally undertake takes about 6 to 8 hours depending on winds tide etc.

My advice would be that you need to be "match fit" in order to do this sort of distance - I would not have liked to do this amount of time in the saddle in my early days on a Hobie.

Secondly - a trip of this distance can take its toll on your drive - you need to carry spares and be able to perform essential maintenance on your drive whilst bouncing about in a seaway - if you can't do this then you may well find yourself in a lot of bother because paddling the required distances to a safe haven may not be a viable option nor may a safe landing close by be available. FWIW on a trip like this I would take spare finmast(s), split pins (I downgraded my drives to to s/s sprockets to make the maintenance at sea easier), cables (both chain and idler), spare pedal and a spare fin plus various other bits and bobs like nyloc nuts and fin attachment screws plus various tools BECAUSE I have had every single one of these components break whilst at sea at one time or another, however it should be said that this is not a complete list of the components that could potentially break.

Hope this helps.

PostPosted: Sat Feb 02, 2013 1:49 pm 
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Joined: Tue Apr 13, 2010 10:07 pm
Posts: 169

The trip sound great and I will follow yor progress

I wouldn't count on the electronics holding up - they hate banging around, dampness and salt water and you can count on lots of all of them. Have a simple back up and give it a go.

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