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Author:  mmiller [ Fri May 10, 2019 10:50 am ]
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GT is a bit less durable and it is more expensive to build, so being very cost sensitive on the Passport we went with bullet proof and cost. Everything about the Passport is simple and less complicated.

Fish guys are loving the 180 as they can hold position and maneuver easily. They can back away from obstacles while reeling in fish. It really is a nice feature for many. Not everyone needs it though. My bike doesn't have reverse either.

Author:  vereinig [ Fri May 10, 2019 11:15 am ]
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I'm really happy to see Hobie take this philosophy on these boats. These seem the perfect boats to take to the lake (or river or wherever) and let the kids beat around on them. Not meaning to exclude myself, mind you!

Author:  mantaray [ Thu May 16, 2019 10:15 am ]
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I understand BIC is manufacturing and building these boats in France. Personally I don't think I would enjoy it, but I'm sure there is a good market for it and it will compete nicely with the Pelican version.

From BIC website:

https://www.bicsport.com/kayak-bilbao-bleu.html

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TST - TWIN SHEET TECHNOLOGY
The exclusive Twin Sheet technology used in the construction of BIC Sport kayaks is acheived by using thermoformed Polyethylene sheets. The deck and hull sections are formed and sealed together in one single operation. The result of this fusion is incredibly durable, unique in kayak manufacture. The join line is invisible and 100% secure. This process, creating a product that is lighter, stronger and smoother finished than rotomoulding, is also anti-UV treated. Highly resistant to knocks and scratching, it gives all BIC Sport kayaks exceptional durability.

Technology rigid kayak tst by bic sport
7 mm Polyethylene skin anti UV treated: Strong and Durable, highly resistant to knocks and scratches.

1- Deck and hull sheet thermoformed in one single operation : Fusion of hull and deck sheets into one complete kayak, with maximum strength along the rail.

2- Deck and hull sheet thermoformed in an aluminium mould : Precision manufacturing for a quality shape giving maximum glide and performance

3- Front and Rear bumpers (replaceable): Protect the kayak against abrasion and wear and tear.

Author:  pounce [ Thu May 16, 2019 10:24 am ]
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mantaray wrote:
I understand BIC is manufacturing and building these boats in France.


You are saying BIC builds the Hobie Passport?

Author:  mantaray [ Thu May 16, 2019 10:43 am ]
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That is my understanding. Or Tahe Outdoors now since they bought out BIC sports in January.

Author:  Kramster [ Thu May 16, 2019 7:33 pm ]
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Seems the Passports are coming in from France... I am liking my 2 just fine and are keepers so far.. but what do I know, as I only have had 6 Hobies before these.... and a bunch of old school regular ole paddle by hand boats.

Author:  vereinig [ Fri May 17, 2019 4:56 pm ]
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Glad to hear you are enjoying them Kramster!

Author:  vereinig [ Fri May 17, 2019 5:00 pm ]
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Roadrunner wrote:

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I paid $1100 + tax for my first Hobie (Classic) 19 years ago. It didn't have a lot of bells and whistles either. The Passport is superior in so many ways for almost the same price a generation later. It's one heck of a bargain! Unfortunately, the price doesn't include sail or wind.

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I love that picture of you sailing Roadrunner, awesome. It almost reminds me of an old sunfish or something, only so much better! I'm curious though, if you don't mind me asking, why the drive bungeed on the stern?

Author:  Kramster [ Fri May 17, 2019 8:16 pm ]
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Prolly a spare...I have a spare usually on longer outings

Author:  Kramster [ Fri May 17, 2019 8:17 pm ]
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vereinig wrote:
Glad to hear you are enjoying them Kramster!


Glad to say.

Author:  Roadrunner [ Fri May 17, 2019 9:14 pm ]
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vereinig wrote:

I love that picture of you sailing Roadrunner, awesome. It almost reminds me of an old sunfish or something, only so much better! I'm curious though, if you don't mind me asking, why the drive bungeed on the stern?
The Passport comes with ST fins and I wanted to see how it performed stock. I also brought my own Turbos to see how much difference they made. It makes a nice upgrade IMO. I'll post a review separately and get into more detail. 8)

BTW, the old Sunfish was a great flat water sailer -- it could really fly with a little wind!

Author:  frostyfrog [ Sun May 19, 2019 8:04 pm ]
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Hello, Hobie enthusiasts! You've got some great conversation on the Passport. I am new here, I just ordered my first Hobie yesterday, The Passport! Yes, the Hobie quality at this price point is why I bought it. I shipped it to the nearest REI store (90 miles) to save the over $200 shipping cost, and hope to pick it up soon (2 weeks they said). I am really looking forward to the size, the portability, and the pedal drive. I have too many hobbies to be an avid fisherman, but I want to get out in the water in those small streams, lakes, and rivers and the shores and bays of the bigger ones. Just to visit, and cast a line out once in a while as well. I hope my doodle Goldie can fit on it somewhere too. The pedal drive is exciting to me since I do not have a left hand, my arm ends at the wrist, my paw I call it, working the paddle even with mods would be not as convenient as the pedal drive for me. So I'm pumped to finally get into the sport and the little, but sweet kayak. A couple of quick noob questions. 1) Does anyone know of a strap, loop, handle or something that could be added to the paddle to accommodate my paw? 2) Besides taking it out right asap, what if anything should I do, remember to bring, or prepare myself for with this? 3) I'm looking at a putting a small Lowrance on it eventually, there is a video on a rudder mount transducer for this, recommendations on this or handheld fish finders? 4)Thanks, any other tips tricks, mods, links etc. I may like for this? Thanks for reading folks, and thanks for any answers/suggestions. I looking forward to Hobie yaking with you all soon enough, Slainte!

Author:  Katchaser [ Mon May 20, 2019 11:50 pm ]
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When did you order at REI? I was in there a few days ago (15th maybe), and they said that the Passports were supposed to be in their warehouse that day but the clerk told me that she did not see them on their inventory yet. I want to get Passport for my wife when they are finally in stock. I think those boats are going to sell well at REI.

Author:  frostyfrog [ Tue May 21, 2019 8:46 am ]
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I think they will sell well too. I ordered it On the 18th online, it said expected delivery on May 31. I called the store and they said their deliveries are earlier in the week, so hopefully before then.

Author:  pounce [ Tue May 21, 2019 11:40 am ]
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frostyfrog wrote:
The pedal drive is exciting to me since I do not have a left hand, my arm ends at the wrist, my paw I call it, working the paddle even with mods would be not as convenient as the pedal drive for me. So I'm pumped to finally get into the sport and the little, but sweet kayak. A couple of quick noob questions. 1) Does anyone know of a strap, loop, handle or something that could be added to the paddle to accommodate my paw?


Do you wear a prosthetic? Get with your prosthetist and tell them what you want to do. They typically get really excited about fitting for things like this and can offer you something that works for you. You can check out the TRS hammerhead. That would work well even for typical kayaking.

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