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PostPosted: Sat Jun 16, 2018 12:55 pm 
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Thanks R R that is a great explanation that makes sense.


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PostPosted: Mon May 13, 2019 9:02 am 
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mmiller wrote:
the riddler wrote:
Why not make it where all your buyers are completely happy?


That would be awesome! ...and we do shoot to please the highest possible number of users. Every user, water condition, wind condition, use, skill, interest, comfort vary so much that it is literally impossible. Therefore... the many models that we offer. We can only keep so many options on the table before it gets really confusing. Sometimes (always) there are compromises.


Hate to bring up an old and thoroughly debated topic. What are the chances Hobie would design the Revo 13 making it about an inch to an inch and a half wider? I personally love the raised seat keeping my rear out of the water. I would love to have a Revo 13 but for me being slightly bigger at 6' 210 they are just not stable enough for me. I can't go 5 miles offshore and constantly be worried about going over. I believe there is a way to widen the kayak slightly and increase stability with the raised seat without sacrificing speed.

With offshore fishing becoming increasingly more popular there is a huge market waiting for the a fast, really stable offshore pedal kayak. Viking Kayaks makes the perfect offshore paddle kayak (at least in millions of folks mind) but it's not a pedal kayak.


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PostPosted: Mon May 13, 2019 9:41 am 
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You can use the Sidekick - here's a page with video showing it installed on a Revo: https://www.hobie.com/accessories/sidekick-ama-kit/

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PostPosted: Mon May 13, 2019 10:16 am 
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Jacques thanks for the suggestion. Yeah I've seen those and aware of that option. Not for me but I'm sure they do help with stability.


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PostPosted: Mon May 13, 2019 8:29 pm 
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I am in my late 50's and nearly 200 lbs. When I decided to purchase my 2018 Rev 13 I had never been in a kayak of any kind. In fact, I had only been in a canoe once or twice with the last time being in 1972. I did not go to any stores or speak with anyone who has a Hobie kayak. I did my research and purchased the Rev 13 and had it shipped to me. I drove it to Puget Sound and put the boat in the water and climbed on board having little idea what I was doing. It seemed very unstable and I thought maybe I had chosen the wrong boat, it felt like I was going to tip over. Well that feeling lasted about 30 seconds! The boat is very stable, I can get up on my knees and get in the front hatch, reach stuff behind me, it is fine and I am very happy with the purchase. From my point of view it is hard to call this boat unstable the exception maybe being someone being very large and tall.


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PostPosted: Tue May 14, 2019 3:34 am 
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Katchaser thanks for the reply. I truly wish I have the agility you have but I don't. Different folks have different levels of balance and agility which is why a kayak being stable is a relative term. I do feel my agility would improve over time but I've been in a few kayaks and the only one I can stand up in is the 37" wide Pro Angler 14. The PA14 is a great boat but not something I can comfortably use offshore in the middle Texas coast. It's too hard to paddle through the surf unless I find a rare day where my schedule and 1-2 foot seas meet.

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