I installed this kit on my 2008
Wilderness Systems Tarpon 160.
The pulleys were put 10-12 from
bow and stern, on top edge of the
deck. This is a huge improvement
compared to my last anchor
trolley setup that was installed
from rear grab handle to the
middle of the boat. I used wire
coat hanger, tape and some
extended wrenches that I cut and
welded together to get the nut
and bolt fasteners to attach the
pulley at the bow. My one issue
is that the rope included greatly
changes in length wet vs. dry.
Example: The trolley line is
very tight when parked on my car
roof and then slack once I get it
wet on the water. I may change
the rope out for something with
less variability. Great kit.
A bit pricey but works perfect
as long as you take your time
during installation. Lets you
concentrate on fishing while
placing your yak in the best
position relative to the
Nice design, to bad the screws
were the wrong size, and the
holes were the wrong spacing. A
hassle but worth it.
Workes Great, installed on my
outback pretty easy
Could come with a couple more
eyelets but great
anchor trolley otherwise. Has
held up well in the
salt water for about a year on
my other yak.
I have a couple of beefs with this
package, although I don't think
they detract from its function or
quality (which are both good).
I have a 2005 Quest which has the
single paddle retainer, so I
needed to use the eyelets included
with the kit. My boat doesn't
have an aft hatch cover, so I had to
use well nuts for rear block.
The kit only included two well nuts,
but now I needed four ( I
couldn't get my arm through the
midship hatch to use the
washer/nylock arrangement for the
eyelets. Throwing in a couple
more wellnuts would probably be a
The second issue I ran into was
driling out the rear block to accept
the 3/16" bolts (the instructions
have you do this if you wind up
using wellnuts for either block).
When I tested the fit of the bolt
after drilling it, it was snug, and
when I pulled sharply, the outer
cover of the block separated from
the inner cover, and a fine spray
of itty bitty polymer ball bearings
went everywhere. While it is
fantastic that you can open the
block in this way to service the
bearings, I sure wish there was a
snap clip or something that
would prevent it from happening
accidentally (or maybe wrap a
piece of tape around it so that its
obvious that the block can be
separated). I think I'm still short
a few bearings :)
It would also be handy if Hobie
added a cleat to the kit!
All that being said, the quality of
the components and instructions
is very high. I suspect that owners
of newer boats will have fewer
issues, but if you have a previous
generation Hobie, add a few
extra wellnuts and stainless bolts
to your order, just in case!
Grate idea and product. Installation instruction is terrible. Works very well.
Installed on my outback and works great.Hobie makes
installed reasonably well - operates easily. i'm a novice but i
imagine on those windy fishing days this will be extremely valuable
to correctly position my kayak-very simple system.
After returning a different brand of anchor trolley because the instructions were unintelligible and parts were missing, I bought the Hobie brand. Instructions were clear, installation was fairly easy, and it works great. My advice to anyone buying accessories for a Hobie kayak: Insist on the Hobie brand!
Great little kit and well worth the money. Instructions were excellent....One warning though, the instructions told me to drill a 3/8" hole to install the well nuts. Not good. The well nuts they provided were to skinny and kept slipping out of the hole after being screwed down. I found some fatter ones thru ACK and ordered them..seem to work better.
Good kit, I added a stainless steel ring to make attaching to a pole easier. Good videos online if you have questions during install.