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 Post subject: Re: Mirage Passport
PostPosted: Tue May 21, 2019 12:25 pm 
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Thank you Pounce for the suggestions. I have never worn a prostetic, or plan on it. It is an option I guess, but I do pretty well as is. I'm looking for a simple strap or loop attatched to the top of the paddle of some sort.


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 Post subject: Re: Mirage Passport
PostPosted: Tue May 21, 2019 3:20 pm 
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frostyfrog wrote:
Thank you Pounce for the suggestions. I have never worn a prostetic, or plan on it. It is an option I guess, but I do pretty well as is. I'm looking for a simple strap or loop attatched to the top of the paddle of some sort.


I have a family member that is a prosthetist which is why I know something about the options. I've seen a lot of high end custom work for professional athletes. Of course you would know best what might work for you. It would be sort of expensive to get fitted for the socket just for a single use, but it would ultimately give you the most use and flexibility. Comfort would be the primary reason to consider it. The need to pull with the arm for paddling with a two sided paddle makes a prosthetic an ideal solution.

I wouldn't imagine a prosthetic for paddling would be a lot different than having having pedal power. We are just using tools that help us enjoy the world. I have bi-lateral cubital tunnel that make paddling painful after not too long so the mirage drive is my tool to use my body to move on the water.

I've been out several times without every using a paddle so you may actually be able to get away with a single hand paddle if you want to let go of the idea of a two sided paddle.

https://www.austinkayak.com/Backwater-P ... 3761P.html

https://www.optiparts.com/optiparts-pro ... optiparts/


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 Post subject: Re: Mirage Passport
PostPosted: Tue May 21, 2019 3:32 pm 
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Thanks again, and for the links Pounce, I agree a prosthetic would be nice. Maybe I'll look into the option someday, yes cost is an issue as well. As for now looking for something simple, or I will adapt as always, as all us humans do. Happy Hobie yaking!


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 Post subject: Re: Mirage Passport
PostPosted: Thu May 23, 2019 9:02 am 
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I agree with Pounce on the suggestion of a single paddle for your needs frostyfrog. Most of the time the mirage drive will be sufficient. Many times I go out and never touch the paddle, its just there for a backup. Both of the links Pounce gave look like good products. I really like the second one, looks ideal for a Hobie.

If you are into DIY perhaps some sort of cup or mitt made to fit your paw could be attached to the T-handle available from Hobie that converts the dual blade paddle into a single and enable you to use it like a canoe paddle.

The pedal drives are a great piece of kit and I predict you're gonna have a blast on your new ride. Welcome to Hobie Life!

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 Post subject: Re: Mirage Passport
PostPosted: Thu May 23, 2019 10:45 am 
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Thanks Yankee. I'm enjoying the forum feedback for sure. Yes the pedal drive will be great, I received confirmation of shipment yesterday, I should be out in it sometime next week. Any other noobie tips or tricks please let me know. Suggestions for track mount items, such as camera or phone mount? Thanks for all for everything.


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 Post subject: Re: Mirage Passport
PostPosted: Sun May 26, 2019 6:16 am 
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pounce wrote:
frostyfrog wrote:
The pedal drive is exciting to me since I do not have a left hand, my arm ends at the wrist, my paw I call it, working the paddle even with mods would be not as convenient as the pedal drive for me. So I'm pumped to finally get into the sport and the little, but sweet kayak. A couple of quick noob questions. 1) Does anyone know of a strap, loop, handle or something that could be added to the paddle to accommodate my paw?


Do you wear a prosthetic? Get with your prosthetist and tell them what you want to do. They typically get really excited about fitting for things like this and can offer you something that works for you. You can check out the TRS hammerhead. That would work well even for typical kayaking.


Great suggestion Pounce! FrostyFrog, there’s a lot of great and exciting progress with custom 3D printing for prosthetics. Take a look!

https://3dprint.nih.gov/collections/prosthetics
http://enablingthefuture.org/


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 Post subject: Re: Mirage Passport
PostPosted: Mon May 27, 2019 3:02 pm 
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Thanks skunked, there is a lot of options like this out there for sure. I'm looking forward to getting this thing out on the water soon, and I'll go from there. I don't plan on using the paddle to often. Any other kayak tips tricks, Passport mods, etc. please throw my way. I will do the same. TIA. Yak on!


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 Post subject: Re: Mirage Passport
PostPosted: Tue Jun 04, 2019 6:15 pm 
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I picked my HMP up last Thursday from REI. It is what I expected, a nice manageable Hobie kayak. It's nice and wide, and just long enough for what I plan on using it for. I took it out for the madden voyage Friday. It paddles nice and smooth, I should say pedals, I was even able to get my dog in the back for a while. I recieved the bimini a couple days ago and put it in on land to see how it works, it is nice, and bigger than I expected. I hope to take it out again soon for a longer ride. Definitely some good purchases from Hobie.


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 Post subject: Re: Mirage Passport
PostPosted: Wed Jun 05, 2019 9:16 am 
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frostyfrog wrote:
Definitely some good purchases from Hobie.


Awesome! :)

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 Post subject: Re: Mirage Passport
PostPosted: Wed Jun 05, 2019 9:50 am 
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Glad to hear it frostyfrog, thanks for the report.


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 Post subject: Re: Mirage Passport
PostPosted: Wed Jun 05, 2019 9:13 pm 
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So I just picked up a Passport today from my local REI. Where on the boat do I attach the drive leash? I thought it would we the same as my Rev13 but apparently I was wrong. Just the same, what a nice boat for the money. The REI guy had never seen a mirage drive Hobie before and when I went through the check list with him he learned a lot.


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 Post subject: Re: Mirage Passport
PostPosted: Thu Jun 06, 2019 10:33 pm 
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Nice lil excursion on Canyon Lake Arizona... A couple guys with PAs came over to check them out.

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 Post subject: Re: Mirage Passport
PostPosted: Mon Jun 24, 2019 5:33 am 
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I am really thinking hard about a Passport. My big concern is that we go on rivers and streams a lot. How will this handle hitting the hidden rocks? I would hate to get a big hole in it the first time on the river.


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 Post subject: Re: Mirage Passport
PostPosted: Mon Jun 24, 2019 5:41 pm 
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I’m a new member of the Hobie family; picked up a Passport a couple of weeks ago after going to a demo event. I have a CC that I don’t use as much as I would like because of work, travel, etc. I’ve wanted to get into kayak fishing, and the Passport is easy to transport on the roof of my Grand Cherokee, and came in at a price point where I could convince my wife.

My first fishing trip was in the Chesapeake Bay with a buddy who has an Outback. I have to admit, I had a little ‘drive envy’; having reverse would make fishing the bridge pilings in a current more comfortable, but I was really happy with how she handled the chop and the wind. I was even happier at the end of the day when after pedaling for a few miles, my 65lb kayak was easier to get loaded up than my buddies.

That said, I’m curious about the option for maybe upgrading the drive in the future. I’ve seen some gt to 180 conversion kits for a few hundred bucks. In theory, would I have to upgrade to GT hubs before going down that road?


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 Post subject: Re: Mirage Passport
PostPosted: Mon Jun 24, 2019 5:45 pm 
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I wouldn't worry about putting a hole in it. I would worry more about bending a shaft on the fins. You just need to watch your depth and and when you get shallow pull your drive or lock the fins up. I bought a Passport a couple of weeks ago for my wife and the hull is definitely tough material.


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