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Hobie Odyssey Deluxe Tandem Kayak

Hobie Odyssey Deluxe Tandem Kayak

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The Hobie Odyssey Tandem Kayak is the perfect family oriented, go-anywhere, do-anything paddle kayak. Featuring a long, sleek waterline, a stable hull, great tracking and the ability to haul 540 pounds, plus plenty of on deck gear storage, the Odyssey opens up worlds of fun. While this fully redesigned hull accommodates two, it can be paddled by one using the molded-in center-seat position. Or, this center-seat area can be used to tote along a junior crew member, extra gear or even the family hound.

• Includes seats and paddles
• Closed deck design with raised combing
• Self-draining seats and recessed scuppers
• Ample internal storage from three hatch openings
• Colors Available:
  • Ivory Dune
  • Papaya Orange
  • Seagrass
  • Slate
• Discounts and/or coupons do not apply to this item
Item #: 352
Length: 14 ft / 4.27 m
Width: 33 in / 83.82 cm
Weight: 91.5 lb / 41.5 kg
Capacity: 550 lb / 249.48 kg
Leg Room To Peg: 44 in / 111.75 cm
Leg Room - Total: 44 in / 111.75 cm
Number of Paddlers: 2 - Tandem
Type of Kayak: Sit on Top
Hatches Incl: 3
Optional Hatches: 1
Material: Polyethylene
Made in: USA 
Size/Color Part Number
Ivory Dune 701398
Papaya Orange 701338
Seagrass 701358
Slate 701288
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By: Ryan S.  Date: Jul 29, 2018 
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This kayak does some things well and misses the mark in several other areas. What I like about this kayak is that it does not feel big and heavy like you'd expect from a tandem. It maneuvers well in the water and tracks surprisingly well. With two average/larger size adults, I was impressed with how stable it was - we were able to jump on and off into the water for swimming with ease. The carrying capacity was also impressive. At 450 pounds between passengers and gear, it never seemed like it was 'loaded up', and other paddlers commented it was still riding high in the water. Despite not being truly 'dry seats', we never managed to get our butts wet (we kept scuppers in under the seat pads, and removed them in the foot wells). The seat pads are comfortable and provide a surprising amount of support, perhaps the best in this class of entry recreational sit-on tandem kayaks, although adjusting them out on the water is not the easiest of tasks (especially as the straps age and become stiff). One of my favorite features is each passenger gets their own generously sized dry hatch (we were able to fit snorkel masks and flippers in each one). One of my favorite and least favorite features (at the same time) is the front dry storage well. Despite being insulated and very large, it has no liner/tray to prevent things from rolling into the very back of the kayak (this can be frustrating). The scuppers are essentially the only separation barriers inside the hull. The open rear storage area also felt like a wasted of space: It's not deep enough or flat enough to where you can comfortably stick anything tall without fear of it falling over (like a medium size cooler). All things considered, I believe I would have preferred another dry storage hatch in this back area (keeping in mind this is not a fishing kayak {at least not any serious fishing}; this kayak is ideal for recreational/light touring setup, so another dry storage would make more sense to me). The small side net pockets are nice for keeping things like a can of bug spray or sunscreen, or even dry box with your phone/keys handy. The paddle holders are also well placed. Other considerations are the molded foot rests felt 'shallow' to me, where I could not get full foot placement, although I have large feet so this may not be an issue to everyone. The rear stern design also means you will never be able to mount a rudder to this kayak (at least not without any serious custom fabrication); and even then figuring out pedal tracks is another issue. Not having a rudder, or rudder capability, really takes a big hit in its potential to exceed on open water and coastal environments. Also noticeably absent on this kayak are track rails and hold downs, except for the bungees in storage areas. One thing I would have liked to see on this kayak is molded carry handles. The carry handles are comfy, but molded handles just offer more secure hold options, and are found on much cheaper competitors these days. Lastly, transporting and mounting this kayak can be a bit tricky. This kayak being an older design, it does not have a true 'flat topside' for mounting it upside down on a set of racks/crossbars, but mounting it right-side up against the hull (either by foam blocks or straight onto crossbars) has produced quite a bit of 'oil canning' over time (although these older Hobie designs always seemed to have a 'soft' hull in my opinion). Overall this is a great kayak for its intended purposes. With direct competitors in this segment potentially costing half the price (i.e. Perception 13.5T), this is a tough value proposition for a few luxury upgrades. That said, if you plan on using this very often, you will notice the small details and improvements Hobie brings to the table.

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By: Mark B.  Date: Jul 16, 2018 
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Great first kayak for my son and I to use. Absolutely love it. Very stable and well made. I really like that I can move the seat to the middle to go kayaking by myself. Ordering was easy and the shipping was great. I received my kayak in under a week and I live in Florida (much faster than some local shops I went too). I would definitely buy again from Austin Kayak.

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Q: Does hobie make a bucket or pail for front hatch on a tandem odyssey? Is there anyplace on the odyssey that I could install a rod holder for the person sitting in front? Is there anyplace on the odyssey I could install gear tracks for fish finder. Thanks for your help.
A: Unfortunately, there is not a hatch liner made for the Odyssey. You can mount a Ram track on the rail of the kayak and then mount your fish finder on to the track:
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Q: Can you add a steerable rudder to this kayak?
A: Thanks for the question! There is not a place on this kayak to attach a rudder kit to it.
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Q: Can you mount a trolling motor on this kayak?
A: There is not an off the shelf solution that we can recommend, something like the Railblaza motor mount may work. It would require custom installation including drilling into the kayak.
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