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Trimaran kayaks

Hobie Adventure Island, Papaya yellow

Then we have the Adventure Island (AI), which incorporates the Adventure kayak hull. The AI is a trimaran, a sea kayak and an outrigger - 3 boats in one. This easily makes it the most versatile & modular boat in Hobie's fleet (that statement includes their catamarans) so it's easy to see why it is becoming so popular. For starters, everything just mentioned about the Adventure kayak applies - just leave the akas, amas and sail behind and you have a traditional kayak at your disposal.

But if you fit on one pair of akas and an ama, suddenly you have an outrigger yak that offers unsurpassed stability for fishing - ideal for fishing in any conditions. Alternatively the entire thing can be rigged with 2 amas and sailkit for trimaran sailing action. The furling mainsail system is very handy for trolling purposes and of course the overall sailing capability allows for impressive speeds, bringing islands and reefs (that are otherwise inaccessible by paddling/pedalling) into range. They are simply fantastic for fishing (although doing so with sail and both amas attached requires a bit of forethought) and once experienced & mastered it is hard to go back. The AI is the ultimate kayak fishing platform for off shore adventuring. There's simply nothing else in the same neighborhood (and is the author's kayak of choice). 

Hobie Tandem Island TI

Except for Hobie's new Tandem Island (TI), that is, which is much the same sort of thing, only bigger, heavier and capable of seating an extra passenger. If you find the thought of kayak sailing strangely provocative, and would like to share the experience, the TI is probably for you. It should be noted, however, that the extra size and weight comes at a cost, which is that of ease of manageability.

While the TI can be car-topped there is no question that a trailer is the best way to haul one around. It should also be added that due to the extra weight, greater care has to be taken when wheeling it around on wheelcarts - especially the ones that plug into scupper tubes. In a lot of situations, TI users would be well advised to set up the boat into it's full trimaran configuration at waters edge, and de-rig it at waters edge before wheeling it back along soft beaches, or steep ramps. The less time the TI spends sitting on a wheelcart fully rigged, the better.


If you're still reading you are now a lot more clued in on the suitability of the various Hobie kayak models and with any luck are closer to figuring out which models you should be looking at closely. As complete as Hobie kayaks are, however, they do not come supplied with wheelcarts, and this is because there are numerous wheelcart options available and they aren't all the same. You might want to look into our wheelcart guide for more information on that front. 

In closing, we'll offer one last piece of sage advice to think about when you buy your first kayak. Don't get too far ahead of yourself by over-accessorizing it when you first get it. Its far easier to make good decisions on what - if any - extra accessories you may need and where best to install them. Spend some quality time on your kayak before rigging it up with rod holders, sounders, anchor trolleys or any other accessory that requires being installed to the hull. With a bit of on-water experience under your belt, you'll figure out the very best way to go about kitting it out.