The Hobie Passport 12 from Hobie closely resembles the earlier model Outback kayak, offering the same width length and very similar shape, but with the simplified design and construction methods presented in the new Passport series.
Offers great storage capacity in the bow or stern cargo area with internal stowage in the twist and seal hatch conveniently positioned directly in front of the seat.
The rear storage well is easily capable of fitting a Livewell or fish catch bag (you’ll be needing that) and there is also storage space at the bow underneath the bungee cord. An extra round hatch can be added here if required and SLH are more than happy to install this for you if required.
The Passport 12 includes a built in transducer scupper system for easy installation and reliable operation of your sounder. Integrated gear tracks on the gunnels provide a convenient mounting position for your fish finder, as well as rod holders, cameras and more.
Other handy features include two flush mounted rod holders and under seat tackle storage utility.
In comparison to the Passport 10.5, the 12′ model offers slightly more speed (due to hull length) better stability (due to width) and with a bit more storage utility and an integrated transducer scupper, the Passport 12 is the superior model for kayak fishing
The Passport series of kayaks feature a rather clever and virtually maintenance free steering rudder, although it’s nice to know that there is an steering upgrade option in the form of the Passport XL Rudder.
SLH recommends the Passport 12 for kayakers who are planning to chase fish around in rivers, creeks, lakes, bays and estuary systems. It is well suited for larger users and is definitely a better option for larger payloads than the 10.5 model.
The Passport 12 is most often compared to the Compass and Outback models, but is significantly less expensive. It doesn’t skimp on performance though and is guaranteed to perform and serve you well.
Hobie Passport 12 Specifications
SLH offers Passport customers a choice on which MirageDrive they would prefer. Kayakers who place a higher priority on the ability to pedal in reverse can upgrade to an MD180 KU MirageDrive, whereas those who prefer simplicity and or like the idea of saving money can opt for the standard GT KU drive.
Hobie Passport 12 Features