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.
The kit installs with no trouble except
that the mounting bar attached to the
kayak was too close to the kayak to
release the buttons to rotate the
pontoons. I bought 1/2 inch thick plastic
spacers to raise the bar.
The pontoons add a great degree of
stability to the kayak.
I am very pleased with the pontoon kit
as installed, but think spacers to raise
the bar attached to the kayak are in
order. If I didn't like the pontoons so
well I would not have given them a 5
stare for this reason.
Easy to install and use. A useful
accessory to hobe kayak sail kit
and to stabilize kayak for stand
I bought these to replace my
heavier Castle Craft
Outriggers. These set up easily
and give me the non-swamping
feature I need when traveling
with my Labrador. So far, so
Had problems on first real OTW use.
Locking ? ferrule that fits into center bar
came unglued. Was free turning OTW
resulting in unbalanced kayak. Managed
to get it temporarily set without splashing.
Happened during tournament = not
happy. Distance from kayak also
interferes with paddle use. A safety
hazard on surf launches and landings.
Hobie needs to develop mini fishing
version of AI outrigger for Revolution
I found the Hobie AMA Outrigger kit to be easy to
install and very helpful while sailing in windy
conditions. It's stable and gives a secure feeling
in the water.
I especially want to thank the people at Austin
Kayak for there quick response. I ordered the
outrigger one day, and it was at my front door
the next. Excellent
Hobie Revo. Very easy to install. Installation was directly
behind the seat with the included hardware (wellnuts). The
amas do interfere with my natural paddle stroke, but the
nice thing is that they are easily removed. I have only had
the opportunity to test them out once and that was a very
brief trial on calm waters. I stood up to see if I would be
able to cast a lure in that position. So far "no" is my
answer to that question. Maybe with some work on my
balance and confidence it would be possible. I will update
this review when I get some hours on the water. I do like
the idea of backing plates and nuts rather than wellnuts.
Am also looking forward to other reviewers' luck with the
longer wellnuts. ACK is tops.
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 is made in china
and guess what? it failed the
first day on the water as the
plastic connector became
Purchased two sets already
heading for my 3rd set as soon
as you get the new 2013 ocean
Moken 14 kayaks on your site.
Enough said about how good
Mary, Lake Geneva, WI
This product was easy to install
and makes a tremendous
difference in the stability of
my Hobie Mirage Revolution when
They work even better than
expected. As with everything
that I have bought made by
Hobie the quality is good.
The Sidekicks will make your
sailing or fishing kayak a
more pleasant experience.