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PostPosted: Sat Jan 06, 2018 11:35 am 
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We recently bought a Hobie Mirage Outback used. About a 2005 to 2009, not sure. It has sort of a two level hull. The lower portion being narrower than the top portion. My wife is too light to make the kayak sink all the way into the water to the level of the upper, wider hull. This makes it tip from side to side as she progresses.

Are we doing something wrong (stupid)? Or did we buy the wrong unit?

Your help will be most appreciated.


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 06, 2018 10:07 pm 
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I wonder if the mirage drive is adjusted so your wife is "not reaching or stretching" while she pedals the kayak...that would make her tend to rock more side to side.

If the pedal adjustment is correct, then concentrate on a easy pedaling cadence and the more its used, the better your balance becomes.
It's not necessary to use a "full pedal stroke" to move the kayak.....in fact, short, quick pedal strokes will start the kayak moving more quickly, from a dead stop, than longer strokes.

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 07, 2018 8:34 am 
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It's okay if the kayak "tips" from side to side. In fact, it'll be faster that way. You'll get used to it.


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 07, 2018 11:34 am 
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Most likely it's a pre 2007 hull. The 2009+ hulls are significantly flatter across the bottom. Also, you may want to get a hobie Sport, instead. It's essentially a shorter version of the outback.
Either should fix the rocking problem.
The hull on the right is the older outback version.

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 07, 2018 8:34 pm 
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njwhite2 wrote:
Are we doing something wrong? Or did we buy the wrong unit?
That particular model did tend to rock a little bit with lighter users. Some ballast in the front and back should solve the problem. Water bags or empty gallon milk cartons are easiest, as they can be filled and emptied right at the water. Depending on how petite she is, you may need upwards of 50 lb. None of the other models seem to have that problem. 8)


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 09, 2018 9:17 am 
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Thanks, folks! Some useful suggestions here. Will try them!


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