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Hi everyone, I’ll be moving down to Pensacola this September and am looking to buy a Hobie Outback. I saw that the nearest dealer is Key Sailing in Pensacola Beach. Would you recommend this dealer? Or is there any reason I should drive a little further to buy from Half Hitch in Destin or another dealer? I’ve tried to find reviews for Key Sailing but i get the feeling they mostly handle rentals and tourists and that going to another dealer may be a better option in terms of service.
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I’ve done business with them over the years and have been happy. Their primary business is as a beach rental business, so don’t expect a fancy showroom. if You need something they should be able to get it.
 

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You can haggle kayak prices...the 2 I've owned I either got several hundred dollars off or several accessorieswith the price.
 

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Check with Pensacola Kayak and Sail as well. They sell a variety of stuff. They are usually very helpful, but I have not really done any price comparisons.
 

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Key sailing has been selling hobies since they've been available...If they can't hook you up with what you want,then I would google it from there,lol...
 

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Thanks everyone for the info, looking forward to being down in Pensacola
 

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So I recently had to have my mirage drive repaired due to a snapped cable and discovered in my opinion the best kayak shop around...its a drive from Pensacola as they're located at Santa Rosa Beach along 30A, but if you're up for the drive they are well worth it. Yellowfin Ocean Sports. They sale nothing but hobies and are a hobie approved repair center and a great bunch of guys that know what they are doing and want to help you. Any store will gladly sell you a kayak, but these dudes will really help you out as this is all they do, and top notch repair/service. Hell, you might become fishin buddies with them. Can't recommend these guys enough. Yellowfin Ocean Sports | Ocean Sports Gear & Apparel in Seagrove, Watercolor, and Grayton, 30A Florida
 

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There is a hobie dealer in Fairhope AL that is a great little spot. It’s called Fairhope Boat Company. He’ll let you go demo boats as well I think. Fairhope is about an hour from pcola
 

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So I recently had to have my mirage drive repaired due to a snapped cable and discovered in my opinion the best kayak shop around...its a drive from Pensacola as they're located at Santa Rosa Beach along 30A, but if you're up for the drive they are well worth it. Yellowfin Ocean Sports. They sale nothing but hobies and are a hobie approved repair center and a great bunch of guys that know what they are doing and want to help you. Any store will gladly sell you a kayak, but these dudes will really help you out as this is all they do, and top notch repair/service. Hell, you might become fishin buddies with them. Can't recommend these guys enough. Yellowfin Ocean Sports | Ocean Sports Gear & Apparel in Seagrove, Watercolor, and Grayton, 30A Florida
Thank you! Sounds like the kind of place I'm looking for as the one up where i am now is the same way. Don't mind that drive at all if it means great service. Thanks again appreciate the recommendation
 
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