The Hobie Island Adventure is one of the most popular choices for people who’ve always wanted a variety of boats to be combined into one. Upon its first release, people were fascinated by the fact that the single person kayak shaped boat could also perform as a paddle boat or a sail boat, depending on what they were up for on that boating adventure. The Hobie Island Tandem offers the same unique features, but it is doubled and allows you to go out with a partner.
This unique boat has a square topped mainsail that can provide increased boat speed based on the wind speed around you. The rigging is made of carbon fiber which minimizes the weight on board. In each of the two cockpits you will find, two high backed, adjustable seats that have inflatable lumbar supports, as well as steerage and sail handling controls so that everyone on board can take part in controlling the boat. If you remove the sail and rigging, you can enjoy using your kayak as a paddle boat or as a standard kayak.
There is plenty of on-board storage as well. You can spend as much time as you want on the water and have everything you need within easy reach thanks to the three storage hatches that are sealed, the four mesh pockets for quickly accessible items, and four cup holders. All total, this boat can carry up to 600 pounds of gear and people on board.
The specs on this boat show that it is large enough to keep anyone on board comfortable. It is 18’6” long and 30” wide. When fully rigged it weighs 190 pounds. All rigging is completely removable.
In the world of kayaks, typically people have a variety of choices. There are touring kayaks, whitewater kayaks, inflatable kayaks, and more. For some, choosing the right type is very difficult. With the Hobie Island boats, you have even more choices.
With inflatable or regular kayaks, you can paddle the boat. That is your only option. It is a great way to strengthen your upper body and you can see the rivers and coves that many people cannot enjoy in regular boats. The Hobie Island is different, you can reach all of those hidden coves, but you have added stability for rougher waters and you can control it in a variety of ways. The paddles work out your upper body, the pedals allow you to work out your legs, and the sails allow you to relax.
The Hobie Island is a touring kayak when the rigging is removed. This means that it is stable and comfortable. However, with the rigging attached, it can handle waves in the ocean and sail just about anywhere you want to go. It increases the stability that and the control that you need when in rougher water, but still keeps you comfortable, even on multiple day outings. Read Hobie Owner Reviews⇒