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 Post subject: Pitot Tube Speedometer
PostPosted: Fri May 04, 2018 11:04 am 
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If you have a 2012 or earlier Mirage Drive, there is a hole in the front to accept a "pitot tube" speedometer. This is a very cool devise -- it displays relative water speed. Used in conjunction with a GPS, you can detect tides and currents, debris on your fins, and get instant feedback on various technique effects on speed. For many years, Hobie included them with each new boat. Here's where it goes on the spines that have the capability:

It fits like this:

The faster the speed, the higher the little red ball rises along the indexed tube. It looks like this in action:

These older spines are no longer available, so the pitot tubes have recently been discontinued. There are still a few of these speedos left in stock though, so if anyone wants one, don't wait. I just got a spare in case the original gets lost or broken. 8)

PostPosted: Fri May 04, 2018 2:40 pm 
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Location: High Point, NC
One of the best features ever offered and darned accurate, too!

I suppose with so many GPS devices now out and around and with almost every angler, sailor, etc., having such a device in the boat or on his or her person, Hobie may have decided this was a feature that had simply outlived its usefulness.

PostPosted: Sun May 13, 2018 6:00 pm 
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I think I have ine of two of these; if snynoe wants to buy em for cheap, let me know.

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