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 Post subject: Cradles for Compass?
PostPosted: Mon May 14, 2018 4:50 am 
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Which, if any, of the Hobie cradles (for PA, Outback etc) will fit and is appropriate for the Compass hull ? And is it OK to store on proper fitting cradles in a garage (also to use on a trailer) ? I would prefer to store right side up if possible and looking for options (other than PVC pipes).

Hobie - if your existing line of cradles don’t work for the Compass, will you be introducing one for the boat?


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 Post subject: Re: Cradles for Compass?
PostPosted: Tue May 22, 2018 5:18 am 
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This is a great question, was hoping to see an answer.

What is the time frame where a cradle set will be available for the Compass


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 Post subject: Re: Cradles for Compass?
PostPosted: Tue Jun 12, 2018 9:31 am 
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I am having second thoughts regarding my decision to buy the Hobie Compass two weeks ago. I had the Compass on the water once and loved the way it handled. My problem is getting it on and off my suv due to (1) the rudder hinders loading (2) Hobie does not have a cradle for the Compass and apparently states that the hull will distort if the yak is not placed upside down on cross bars. So far I have purchased a Malone load assist system and cannot use it because I have to lift the Compass about 3 feet in order to set it in the cradles. This process is complicated because it is difficult to wrap you arms around the midsection of the kayak and then lift it 3 feet. Other than spending a few hundred dollars for another lift assist system, what options do I have?


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 Post subject: Re: Cradles for Compass?
PostPosted: Tue Jun 12, 2018 2:43 pm 
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I think you need a sturdy handle at about the balance point or two handles equi-distant from the balance point in order to lift it up the 3 feet. I had two handles mounted under the seat by the dealer (on each side). Problem is that if you lift on them the kayak is bow doesn't lift because they're behind the balance point. I may add another a bit forward so i can lift mine onto my hullavator easily.


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 Post subject: Re: Cradles for Compass?
PostPosted: Wed Jun 13, 2018 7:19 am 
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Your approach makes a lot of sense. I will add handles in a manner that will deal with the balance issue. With the yak on its side, would you place the two handles on the lower side? (with the top side of the yak facing you). I hope that made sense.


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 Post subject: Re: Cradles for Compass?
PostPosted: Wed Jun 13, 2018 5:42 pm 
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would love to know where to put those handles, Ive seen pictures of on the inside of the kayak right under the molded handles by the seat, but not sure how it worked out for the owner, on a side note malone came out with a new lift assist where the bars go down to the ground, so you dont need to lift at all.


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