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Author:  JThomas822 [ Thu Jul 08, 2021 3:53 am ]
Post subject:  Useful accessories for new owner

Hi! I have been waiting/thinking about getting one of these boards for a few years & looks like it might finally happen this weekend, or in the next few weeks.
I am getting the 12-ft version, along with storage bag & cart. Also getting roof racks installed on my Toyota Corolla. A few questions:
Are there any other accessories/parts you would recommend? I was thinking of possibly the nose rail guard kit and/or the rail protection kit. Would getting both be redundant or recommended?
I am also curious about carrying/transporting it. Should I get a side carry handle kit? Does anyone have a picture of what that looks like? I’m a woman, 5’3, and I think I can handle carrying/lifting it in my own when it’s not on the cart, but just want to make sure.
Any other recommendations for accessories to get? Or tips for first use?
Thanks so much!!

Author:  mmiller [ Thu Jul 08, 2021 11:33 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Useful accessories for new owner

The shiny ACX or the Dura?

Author:  JThomas822 [ Thu Jul 08, 2021 11:45 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Useful accessories for new owner

The shiny ACX...the dealer has the nose rail guard kit in stock so I tentatively added that to my order, but how does this (https://www.scheels.com/p/hobie-rail-pr ... 8QEALw_wcB) compare?

Author:  mmiller [ Thu Jul 08, 2021 12:01 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Useful accessories for new owner

Redundant and less effective than the Nose Rail Guard Kit (Newer kit).

The side handle kit is for the Dura Model that has a place to attach them that is not on the ACX.

The bottle holder is nice: 72020504 WATER BOTTLE HOLDER KIT ECLIPSE

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This attaches to the handlebar.

Author:  JThomas822 [ Thu Jul 08, 2021 1:06 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Useful accessories for new owner

Thank you! @$50 I think I'm going to pass on the water bottle holder for now but may get it down the road.

Author:  JThomas822 [ Thu Jul 08, 2021 2:07 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Useful accessories for new owner

Another noobie question - does it go on the roof to transport with or without the bag/cover on it?

Author:  lgann0425 [ Wed Aug 25, 2021 11:15 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Useful accessories for new owner

jthomas822, I have two 12' eclipses and I transport them in their protective bags. I have Rhino Racks on my wife's car and the loader bar that temporarily extends the front bar almost 3' out on the driver's side is a necessity for loading if you're not very strong and are loading by yourself. You lay the board next to the driver's side of your car, prop the front of the board on the rack extender, and then lift the back of the board onto the back rack, taking care to "walk" the front of the board in place on the front rack - centered on your car. The bags help keep the boards from getting scratched up (which they do easily). I also installed the nose and rail guards after scratching one of them while launching.

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