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PostPosted: Sun Sep 24, 2017 2:28 pm 
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The Tour features pic in the TI description is now showing handles! :shock:
Is this an ‘18 upgrade or a photoshop error?
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 24, 2017 2:43 pm 
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Looking more closely at that pic the rudder handles appear angled as originally released and not flat mounted as in the latest models.
So I’ll answer my own question - it’s a photoshop error!!! :(


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 25, 2017 8:33 am 
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This is an older photo - need to update the site - sorry. There are no side carry handles on the Islands.

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 30, 2017 6:52 am 
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Yes, clearly wishful thinking Stringy...we can only wish...

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 14, 2019 2:56 pm 
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As Revo-16 owner, I can confirm that the side handles are BIG deal to me! Our 2019 is missing the 2 pairs that are pictured in the TI version of this pict.

I cannot fathom why Hobie so botched this choice:

A) These are marketed as “the most versatile small watercraft” with use as kayaks, as kayak with ama(s), and as a tri-hulled sail craft that can be single-handed from either seat. These hulls are big and slippery on dry land and like greased watermelons in the water, so good luck to anyone trying to manage them single-handedly without those darn handles. I frequently get to deal with this ungainly 135 pound beast by myself and want my handles back.

B) The handles are a critical life safety element in MOB situations.

C) Ditto for righting the craft in kayak mode.

D) Ditto for riding waves in kayak mode — one hand operates the tiller and the other manages driver and boat balance.

E) I need the side handles to maneuver the hull onto its storage cradles.

F) Ditto for rolling the hull onto its side so can insert the plug-in cart into the scupper holes by myself, and then back upright.

Why?? Are there any positives for this deletion? The on-hull storage for the paddles is also gone, which seems to be Hobie saying “so long kayakers.”


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 15, 2019 12:26 am 
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Wow... I have an older model, and didn't realise the side handles were removed from newer models.

How bizarre...


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