The Hobie Mirage Cassette Plug is used to fill mirage drive opening when the Mirage Drive is not in use. The plug is not intended to completely seal the opening, only to stop splashes and any gear from falling through the opening when the Mirage Drive is not being used. Opening remains to allow water to continue to self-drain from the cockpit area.
Arrived fast & fit perfect! I like to use mine in the front seat of the 2-man kayak so my dog can sit up front and not get too soaked!
The plug wasn't what I expected, it does not stop water from entering the kayak. However it does fill the hole and stops smaller items from falling through.
This must be a cash cow for Hobie. I kayak camp a lot. When camping, and with Mirage drive installed, what do you do with this cassette plug. My center hatch is too full of stuff to put it there conveniently. Consequently, it must be stored on the boat. A wave or being careless, whatever, it is lost again. It has no point of attachment to tether it.
Good OEM part.