We use only Hobie Kayaks
Our first taste of kayaking was at Noosa in Qld years ago. We hired a big old double sit-on-top. Sluggish, heavy, hard to steer – but lots of fun. We played with a few more kayaks in different places and always thought we’d like to get some.
Fast forward and we own 65 acres with about 2 km of river frontage. We start with the “little yellow kayak” . Great for kids – but we adults struggled to get in and out. And it fishtailed at a snail’s pace on the water. We added a big double to the fleet – you could fit about 4 kids and an adult on it and it sat pretty low in the water.
Then one day – about 15 years ago – a Hobie kayak dealer offered demonstration paddles of various models on Merimbula Lake. I distinctly remember the moment I got into the Hobie Quest I3 and paddled with ease out into the lake. The rest is history.
“I remember thinking how easy it was to turn even though it was longer than my old kayak. It was so smooth – I was sold after about 20 metres.” [Jen Robb, KWT]
It’s all about the design features
Hobie kayaks have been our tools of the trade for a fair few years now. We’ve had to pull, push, tow, paddle, clean and transport our kayaks non-stop during busy seasons. We know them well. They do or have features other – cheaper – kayaks don’t – like:
- well balanced for safe and easy paddling;
- fully adjustable foot rests and seats;
- inflatable cushion to keep bums comfortable;
- Hobie’s rotomolded polyethylene hull – robust and almost unbreakable;
- ample storage – both dry and wet;
- easy cleaning and drying because of strategically located drain holes.
I want to buy one
Many of our guests are newcomers to kayaking.
And many leave us keen to buy their own kayak. We always suggest they visit a specialist kayak/boating outlet that can provide the best advice. Novice paddlers should consider:
- safety first – how stable is this kayak. Can you handle it in rough water?
- who’ll be paddling and where you’ll paddle;
- how you’ll load the kayak onto your vehicle – alone if necessary;
- how you’ll securely transport your kayak;
- how you’ll move the kayak from vehicle to waterway;
- how you’ll clean and securely store your kayak.
The message is – you get what you pay for. Want to try kayaking? Try before you buy with a guided tour with us 🙂 Click here to book online or grab a Gift Voucher.