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PostPosted: Sat Jul 22, 2017 2:05 am 
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Howdy,

Jut got two of the Mirage inflatables, i12s for myself and girl friend.
Got to try them out and still need to learn more.
One of them the rudder does not like to go up and down and is hard to steer. Will check it on the next time out.
They both are fun and we are using them locally, so we are leaving them inflated. Wanted to see how you are moving them around. Is there a good rack for them? Any issues with them being inflatable? Also what is the best way to store them inflated?

Any hobie or other accessories that we should consider? We are thinking sail kits next year, but any suggestions on how to improve the ride would be appreciated.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 22, 2017 11:03 am 
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I seem to recall (in a i11s thread?) a Hobie rep saying to not store fully inflated - mostly inflated OK?

Anyway consider the larger turbo fins (pkg with longer masts) and large ("sailing") rudder for better power and control. Will also be good for sailing. Make or buy lanyards for everything including drive and paddle for flipover security.

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 24, 2017 9:09 am 
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I occasionally have difficulty with the rudder up/down on my i12s. It always boils down to a few things:

1) The carrying handle on the stern is (puzzlingly) placed right under where the rudder rests when up. I watch it when using that handle as I think it can cause some issues to have the carrying handle and strap pushing against the rudder.
2) I sometimes get on the water and realize the bungie in the back right over the rudder is still over it.
3) I look for possible pinch points with where the up/down cords are. I've occasionally had that issue.


I love my i12s. Hope you have a lot of good paddling.

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 24, 2017 1:09 pm 
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Hobie4Fun wrote:
what is the best way to store them inflated?

The 2017 manual at bottom of p25 shows one upside down on fat cylinders about 2 feet from each end.

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 24, 2017 1:54 pm 
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It is best not to store them inflated as temperature changes can increase the internal pressure and cause stress on materials and seams. I would, at minimum, release a small amount of pressure to prevent that type of issue.

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 25, 2017 9:19 am 
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daft wrote:
Make or buy lanyards for everything including drive and paddle for flipover security.

May I digress for an "I told ya so"? News sez Angelika Graswald was just convicted for kaya-killing her (3rd) husband, and it looks like a key element was removing his paddle lanyard hook. She apparently got him drunk and when he dropped his paddle, she pushed it away. Most of the news stories focus on her removing a drain plug, but then it is mentioned that was a top deck plug. So while floundering drunk and hand paddling, he took on water and had no life vest.

Oh, that reminds me you could add to your list a life vest with pockets and a waterproof cellphone sack. Also you might want to reduce your life insurance coverage below that of Mr. Graswald if you have a new mailorder spouse. Sorry for the digression, but I have noticed a number of spouses lost while kayaking under suspicious circumstances in my area. In local cases they never find the body and can't prosecute.

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 30, 2017 4:12 pm 
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Thanks for the info.

Will get some leash for the paddles, and looking at different ways to haul on top of the jeep.
Can the inflatables ride in a standard kayak rack mount while inflated driving short distances?

Any other words of wisdom is appreciated.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 31, 2017 2:41 pm 
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Speaking of leashes...

I have one on my paddle, one on my seat (those are expensive!), one on my Mirage Drive (Hobie makes one for this very purpose), one attached to my plug-in-wheels if I don't take them back to the car prior to paddling, and one attached to the YakAttack box I use on the back of the kayak to store whatever gear I'm taking with me.

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