So, I have become a victim of my own hubris. It was my belief that I could sail my Revo11 without amas. For calm weather, that's actually true. For winds 15 knots and over, well... you be the judge:http://youtu.be/NVRbX3T2NQA
Edit: sorry the video is long because I didn't do much editing. Sail unfurls at 1:34 and the flip happens sometime after the 8 minute mark.
Which came first in the video.... the choreography or the music? They're timed so perfectly together!!
10 outta 10. Would watch again!
I was actually thinking of buying a used 2016 Revo 11 that someone is selling locally for a pretty good deal... even tho I've been waiting for a Revo 13 and just haven't found one yet.
But then I started to wonder how the Vantage seats really affect sailing. Has anyone noticed a tippier ride in the Pre- and Post-2015 Hobies??
Anyway... glad I still haven't hopped on the Hobie bandwagon yet, because my #1 fear has just become so very real... that I'll buy one and they'll make some super awesome upgrade that makes all prior Hobies obsolete. I mentioned before on here that the seats were terrible, and then they put the Vantage seats in the next year's model, along with half a dozen other awesome changes. And two years later, they're adding reverse!! Now there isn't one single drawback to a Hobie kayak, other than the price. Hopefully the recent competition will help with that last part. Perhaps Hobie can just leave well enough alone and make a cheaper product??
The 2015 and 2017 upgrades really did destroy the resale value of prior Hobie kayaks, IMHO. These upgrades are just so good that I couldn't possibly live with myself knowing that such major flaws have finally been corrected. I mean.... I'll pay like $1200 for a 2016 or earlier Hobie kayak now, but not much more.