Very new to the kayak deal and trying to choose between these. It’s a Hobie mirage sport 10 footer vs a Jackson Cuda 12 footer
the jackson comes with a new fish finder gps. I will often launch in Everglades city and fish against the mangroves. Lots of times I’ll be very shallow and I’m worried I’ll destroy the Hobie drive system
weight is an issue as I’m 60 and will put the kayak on top of my suv. Price is the same. So it’s drive system v. Gps. What say you yak experts?
Weight is not that different in the 2 kayaks, 61# vs. 70#...
I'm 68 with a failing heart issue so 40# is my limit, I like my Native Ultimate 12... there is a guy on another board selling (2) 14.5's that can be rigged as Solo or Tandem around 55# for $600.00 each, and saw a CL ad for (2) Ultimate 12's Solo only around 45# for $500.00 each. Native Ultimates paddle well and are rather easy to stand in as well.
When I fish over there it's usually timed around a low tide... last of the outgoing, to dead low fully exposed oyster bars, and the first couple hours of incoming with most time is spent weaving in/out of oyster beds in the shallow hard bottom bay. Most of the people I fish with paddle, however one guys wife does pedal her hobie around.
Fishing beautiful Destin / Ft Walton Beach area!
The ability to be hands free is a big deal. No longer having to worry about doing the dance of constantly putting the rod in a holder to pick up the paddle and back again is really nice. The other thing that I was unprepared for is just how useful the rudder is. I've never paddled a kayak with a rudder but just drifting down a tree line is way easier with the rudder. No need to pick up the paddle to change direction, just make a little adjustment to keep your course out of the trees.
If that Hobie is used then you should check into whether or not it has the 180 Drive. Thats the newer version that does reverse. I can't tell you which boat is for you but I'd say that if you can test them both out it would make the decision easy.
How heavy are you? (no offense intended)
I'm not a Jackson guy, but here's my 2 cents on the light weight Hobies.
I had a Sport and I loved it, but I soon "outgrew" it. I'm 5'7"ish and was 200lbs at the time. The Hobie sport fit me like a glove, the weight made it easy to car-top and carry up a flight of stairs to my apartment balcony at the time. My problem was that I prefer going offshore and I was close to exceeding the weight capacity between my expanding **** and the amount of gear I was taking with me. I also found out that the shorter the kayak, the worse the paddling; it would be an effort to paddle in a straight line.
After a while, I traded up to a Revolution 11, which was about the same weight and had more capacity and a decent front hatch.
- light weight
- comfortable for the shorter kayaker
- limited space in the cockpit
- limited weight capacity
- shorter hull meant it was a pain in the **** to paddle when it either got too shallow to use the fins, or when punching through the beach surf under paddle power.
So to sum it up, the Hobie Sport is great, but make sure it works for you.
If you don't need to stand in the kayak, but still want a lightweight Hobie, I would recommend the Revo 11.
If you want to stand, and still want a relatively lightweight Hobie, consider the Compass (less bells and whistles means less price and weight).
Pro Anglers: fuggeddaboutit
For what its worth, I took my dad out in a Hobie Sport one time. He is taller and lighter than me: 5'11" 180lbs, I think his inseam is 32". He fit in the kayak and had a good half day of fishing. Might be a bit cramped if you are planning a long trip or usually take a lot of gear with you.
My advice on a paddle yak is do not skimp on the paddle. Mine is a $450 custom 24oz Epic and i don't regret it one bit.
I bought my used Native from there and it was a great operation, they have lots of used stuff in their lot too.