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Old 02-17-2019, 03:44 PM   #1
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Default Hobie Pedal vs Prop drive

I promise I am not trying to start a feud but wanted to share what I saw at a recent Kayak tournament. I may have been the only Hobie(PA14), we had a dozen or so paddlers and 6 or so PROP drive yaks. Some of the paddlers were impressively fast.

I was 5th out and with adrenaline pumping, we were all moving at close to top speed. I easily passed 2 of the prop yaks and one mentioned he knew he couldn't keep up with the Hobie drive.

What was most surprising to me was you could hear the turbulence and propeller noise from 1/4 mile away! I expect they would be much quieter at slow speeds but I cant imagine trying to stealth into tailing Redfish with a prop.
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Old 02-18-2019, 12:13 PM   #2
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Generally, when I'm sight-fishing redfish in the marsh - it's too shallow for the drive unit, so the only noise you get is from your paddle/push pole. I'm aware the Hobie drive is faster than the Propel drive from Native - but hands free reverse has been a "life saver" in many situations. To each his/her own - find what suits you best and fish on!
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Old 02-18-2019, 05:48 PM   #3
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Iíll keep my instant reverse, and you can keep the speed. I am more than satisfied with my Old Town Predator PDL.

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