The Adventure Island is the perfect fit for those looking for a highly versatile and capable vessel that can be used in various waterways and conditions - especially in situations where speed and the ability to cover longer distances is paramount. Whether you're just looking for something to get out on the water for thrills, ambitious expeditions, fishing endeavors or all of the above it's hard to go wrong with the AI. As a sailboat it is easy enough to manage and can be transported via car-top or trailer and is quick and easy to rig. As a kayak it's fast, efficient and surprisingly stable in it's own right. As an outrigger it's simply one of the best fishing platforms on offer. If you can see yourself using the AI in all of these configurations, we're confident in recommending it to you. 2020 Model: $7990
The Hobie Adventure Island is an aptly named craft that is difficult to define in just a few words, but if we had to we'd call it a hell of a lot of fun. To define the AI (as it otherwise known) in a single sentence we'd call it an incredibly versatile boat that can be used in a variety of waters and conditions in a triad of configurations.
In it's full glory the AI is a trimaran sailing vessel that is surprisingly capable given it's form. With a sail area size of around 5.4 square metres and a mast of around 4.6 metres in length, the AI is capable of generating rather respectable speeds. Thanks to the amas (otherwise known as pontoons) the AI is also incredibly stable, which is a confidence inspiring feature for novices and advanced users alike. Featuring a simple-to-operate roller-furler operation of the sail is simple enough to use without the threat of a head-concussing boom swinging precariously in strong winds. It is the consummate solo crew sailing kayak that is perfect for everything from relaxing or thrilling day trips on lakes, bays or open ocean to overnight camping trips, multi-day expeditions and a myriad of fishing pursuits. Because it is also equipped with a MirageDrive pedal-powered propulsion system it can also be pedaled aroud with surprising efficiency, which is a nice back up in case the wind drops off. The AI is also supplied with a paddle, so that's always an option for propulsion as well.
The AI can be stripped of its sail, amas and akas to convert it to a kayak and this is one of the reasons the AI is so versatile. If there's not enough wind to go sailing you can always use it as a kayak. It pedals well, paddles well, is fast and efficient through the water and equally at home on rivers as it is open ocean. Ideal for touring and overnight camping trips, it's also an excellent for kayak fishing.
But wait... there's more. The AI can also be rigged as a Polynesian style outrigger. By rigging one of the amas the boat becomes an outrigger style craft that is supremely stable making it a fantastic option for fishing in scenarios where stability is valued. By adding a tramp (fitted between the akas) some 12 square foot of usable deck space is added, offering even further utility that comes in handy for all sorts of things. It's surprising how efficient the AI is when pedaled around used as an outrigger.
- Crew: 1
- Length: 16' 7" / 5.05 m
- Beam (Amas Folded In): 44" / 1.12 m
- Beam (Amas Out): 9' 6" / 2.90 m
- Capacity: 400 lbs / 181.44 kg
- Fitted Hull Weight: 48 kg
- Fully Rigged Weight: 65 kg
- Mast Length: 16' 6" / 5.03 m
- Sail Area: 65 ft² / 6.04 m²
- Hull Construction: Rotomolded Polyethylene
- MirageDrive 180 with Turbo Fins
- Four Detatchable Akas with Carrying Bag
- Kick-up Centerboard
- Kick-up Island Rudder
- Lowrance® Ready
- Patented Roller-Furling Sail with Battens
- Roller-Furling Main Sail
- Two 8” Twist and Seal Hatches with Gear Bucket
- Two Color-Coordinated Amas
- Two Mesh-Covered Stowage Pockets
- Two Molded-In Rod Holders
- Two-Piece Carbon Composite Mast
- Two-Piece Paddles with On-Hull Storage
- Vantage CT Seating