The Hobie Sidekick Ama Outrigger Kit adds extra stability to your kayak. Whether you sail, fish, shoot pictures, dive, or just want to feel a bit more stable when using your kayak, the Hobie Sidekick Ama Outrigger Kit will do it. Light weight and simple to install.
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My wife and I have been sailing 2 Hobie REV 13 for 5 years. My wife decided to get the sidekicks this year, and loved them so much we bought a second set for my boat. We went out in long island sound this weekend in Stonington CT. The wind was steady and strong. We are delighted using the side kicks. Never felt like you would tip over, which I have done a few times without them. You could go much faster with them because you don't have to let up on the sail if the wind is too strong. I wish I bought these years ago, it adds so much to the experience. I also fish with my yak and it makes it much easier to sand up is you want to, you change the potion of the floats all the way down. The only issue I had is with one of the outrigger bars that slip into the pieces attached to the yak is very hard to get in and out. I think all I have to do is sand the hard plastic grip a little and it should be alright, but you would think hobbie equipment at $176.00 you would have a little better quality control. But overall we love them.
For the price of these you would think they would have been better built. First trip out the center brace turned letting the outrigger turn up. To fit this I had to install 1/2 well-nuts so the mounts could be tighten enough to hold the cross section. On this same trip one arm going to the outrigger broke loose from the piece going into the cross section letting that side out the outrigger to come off! Yes, came off while I was fishing in 40' of water in water or 45 degree. Not good. The piece that goes from the arm into cross section is glued, this glue didn't hold so to fix this I used a 3/16 bolt through the arm/plastic piece. Since I fixed these problems it works very well. The factory really need to address these problem before someone drowns from falling in while standing on the kayak while using these.
Outrigger kit. I have a PA 14 2016. I had to modify it because of the shorter beam of the kayak. I cut the center aluminum bar in half. took a 24 inch piece of pvc tubing (thick) used gorilla glue to connect them and reinforced them with an extra piece of metal inside the pvc (which I really didnt need ) . Presto, it now fits across the beam. Really easy and simple and gives me a lot more confidence in choppy water with boat traffic.
The only difficult part installing is positioning the holes. Then I used a rubber mallet to drive the rubber inserts with the screw extended. After that the rest is easy. And they actually work just like they should. Easy to inflate and install after the cross bar is in place. They give me confidence that the boat won't capsize in any reasonable wind condition. They are well worth the money.