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.
Mounting tips: You need to make anchor plates...can be made from plexiglass 1/4 thick....using Goop....drill & screw down first...make sure the brackets are aligned across your kayak...unscrew.....use 2 plates each side...goop the first on your kayak, goop the 2nd onto the first and screw down......do the other side....make sure they are aligned.....drill the rubber mount holes......goop the hole & goop the rubber...push into place.....do not screw down as if it is wood or metal.....just enough.... do the other side...not in the instructions is to prevent twisting.....drill a small hole for a set screw through the bar bracket& metal bar & put a small screw into it and do the same to the end opposite the snap pin on each side of the sidekicks to prevent it from twisting also pivoting...let dry a couple of days. The mounting plates help hold the bar to the kayak and give it tremendous holding power.
This product works well in terms of stability for the kayak, and it does not impair paddling or use of the drive system. Unfortunately, it does not adapt well to the Hobie PA12. The support shaft for the tubes comes in 3 pieces. The boat is wider than the center support, so the support shaft system application for the PA 12 requires time consuming dis-assembly after every use and re-assembly at each use. The unit should be supplied with a longer center support which would allow permanent mounting of that component on wider boats.
Adds stability to my old Mirage tandem for added confidence of not tipping. Easy to install. Takes about ten breaths to inflate each pontoon.
I bought these to stabilize my Hobie Oasis Kayak for when I'm using the sail. They do a nice job of giving the stability and confidence to use the sail in higher 10 mph winds.