Hobie Gulf Coast Island Club

Paddlers Enjoying the Tandem Island Adventure
Paddlers Enjoying the Tandem Island Adventure

We’re excited to announce that with help from our friends, the Island Adventurers, we at ACK will be organizing the Hobie Gulf Coast Island Club.  This will be an opportunity to meet other Hobie Mirage Adventure Island and Hobie Mirage Tandem Island owners and share passions for the waterways and oceans of our world. It will assist in the introduction of Island owners to one another where dreams of sailing to places unknown and countless adventures can become a reality. Because we will be working with Efren and Daniel of the Hobie Island Adventurers, the club will also have a focus on kayak fishing, as the two of them are very experienced coastal anglers.

For those that are interested in joining or finding out more about the club, we encourage you to visit the Island Adventurers Website and forum.

The inaugural event of the club, “Sail N Tails” will be taking place Monday May 27th between 9 AM to 4 PM at 1304 Monument Dr., Freeport, TX. Here is the itinerary for the day:

9:00-10:00 am: Meet and greet and set up your Island at the boat ramp next to the Coast Guard Station on Thunder Dr. and Militia Dr.

10:00 – 10:30 am:  Safety briefing and final call/decision on sailing route to rig.

10:30 am:  Launching of the islands for sailing and fishing.

12pm:  Lunch at rig or at the sailors discretion.

2:30-3:00pm:  Return to launch point.

For more information visit adventureislanders.com
or
Visit Forum: adventureislanders.boards.net

Also, check out one of their videos where they take ACK’s Jerron out beyond the breakers to do some Tandem Island fishing:

 

 

Hobie Adventure Island TANDEM Fun

Hobie Mirage Island TandemThe Hobie Tandem Island has been out for a bit now, but I hadn’t had a chance to play with one until our Demo Day event since we can’t seem to keep them in stock! I’ve been on the Hobie Solo Island several different times in varying conditions and always loved it, but the only downside was that you were out there by yourself and this experience should really be shared! You can always outfit the solo with the trampoline set and take a friend with you, but it’s just not the same as the experience with the new Hobie Island Adventure Tandem.

My fiance and I were blown away at how AWESOME this new boat is.  Per usual, Hobie made the kayak very comfortable and user friendly **No sailing experience necessary.**  You can control the sail and rudder from either seating location, so if one person needs to take a break to dig in the cooler for a tasty adult beverage, you don’t need to roll everything up. The sail is controlled with 2 lines, a furler line to roll the sail up, and another line to adjust the trim of the sail. The rudder is just as easy with pull cords for the up down lines and a new upgraded larger steering handle. We took turns with the controls and eventually ended up with my fiance controlling the rudder and me controlling the sail. After tooling around for a bit, we decided we should let someone else give her a try since I could see the drool on the shore from out in the water.

I have been sailing with my dad since I was young and find the Tandem Island is a great compromise for those not wanting to invest in a full on sail boat and still have the versatility of a kayak. One of the greatest things about the Tandem Island (and the solo Island for that matter) is that it’s so easy to put together and take apart. From a distance it looks like it might take about an 30 minutes to an hour to set up, but in reality, it’s 5 – 10 minutes. The sail is light-weight and easy to stand up and click into the secured mast receiver and the AMA arms attach to the outrigger and kayak body with untold ease.

With that said, it’s also a great boat to take out without the sail and AMAs attached. Hobie has also made most of the accessories that are available for the Solo Island Adventure work for the Tandem Island as well, such as the trampoline sets and trailer cradles. This is a perfect couples/family activity boat and you can even go it solo easily, or bring along a furry friend! After our wedding, I know exactly what my next big purchase will be!

As always happy paddling, peddling, sailing or whatever the case may be!

Kate Wilder
ACK Customer Service