Another large, bungee-secured stern cargo area accommodates everything from additional tackle to live bait and the optional Twist and Stow rudder with foot control will help keep you moving in the right direction. That does not make the information any less interesting. You wouldn't want to hand carry the boat very far either. I just got an older model hobie outback hank Parker fisherman edition. If you like spinning around in random circles gawking at mother natures amazing beauty then by this kayak without a rudder. The next digit is the year the kayak was built, and the last two numbers will be the model year of the kayak. Blue is a rare color, hope you get them back.
As posted above, more sails than boats. I have loaded this kayak with ~340lbs and it still paddled well although it did sit a couple inches lower in the water. Serial number location on Hobie Kayaks Serial numbers on Hobie Kayaks are located on the transom or rear of the hull. I bought my quest about 6 weeks ago. We stuffed the front hatch with bedrolls and the back hatch with food and cruised into the Great Dismal Swamp.
Determine of the boat was stored inside or outside. The Drive could use multiple pedal mounting points further down the shaft for different lengths of stroke. I just took this Hobie in today on consignment. I had a 2010 Outback that cracked in the same area that you are discribing. Coming out of the water was super easy. Also hull colours and metal anodising can help if original.
About the only negative is the tracking. I can't say enough about the Hobie Mirage drive system and their kayaks. Those figures are a bit rubbery. Dosn't seem to be a real correlation, in most cases the boat manufacturer has the sails made by some one else and I doubt that much attention was paid to ensure that the sail number cooresponded to the hull. If there are blocks of numbers given to Europe, chances are few of those boats will be in the U. Any clue what something like this might be worth? Post your H-16 sail number, and the month and year your hull was manufactured, as determined by you hull number.
If you want a fun kayak that can go fast this one is great. The plyon posts are what the trampoline is supported by above the hulls. Plus, the Quest 13 can be fitted with Hobie's optional Twist and Stow rudder system, simplifying boat handling and allowing you to quietly stalk choice spots. If it is a 2008 or prior boat, then the area just in front of the mirage drive well is a known weak spot. Just a extra deterant, It would make some noise to pull or cut the roof racks off plus they would have to cut the cable off later. It took some effort getting through the surf, but with persistence I made it with only moderate heavy breathing. Oddly I didn't have the rudder and thought the boat tracked very well.
Only thing I find with the mount location, if you don't mount to the front it makes for a long reach. My only beef is the footwell stays wet, but you can ride your feet higher on the footrests to compensate. We did once and actually bent the rods on the flipper mechanism. If you want to camp, plan on putting eyelets on the front deck to bungee waterproof bags. Fishing from this yak is easy and provides great storage capabilities. It has the ability for light touring but is more for the serious angler. It also is a very comfortable albeit wet ride.
The handles on the bow and stern are flimsy and could be designed to be more sturdy. It is stable, handles very well and paddles easily also. It is easily accessed and can fit a cow striper in the hull with no problem. This boat was designed for fishing so the hull tends to be flat. The dual power option allows me to stay up with and beat kayak buddies 10 - 20 years younger than me - especially on long trips. There is more infor on the Hobie 14 in this thread:.
So I chalked it off to the wind and paddled it for about an hour. Newer boats have a rectangular, raised ridge around the serial number to make it easier to find. That being said, this kayak is great. I watched in horror as my boat was hung up and the river was pounding on it. This one does not seem to have a serial on the stern like most boats to. Not that it matters, but it would be neat to know that really is my boat with all it's little Prindle relatives. They claim you can stand in this but I have never tried that.
The weight of the yak is tolerable for loading and unloading the yak off the roof of my truck. Now I go a lot and find it hard to stop kayaking when I'm out there. I cannot say that this was a very satisfactory outcome and I would probably not buy another Hobie product again. Somewhat inexpensive over its Hobie brothers and all around a great boat. A is January, B is February etc. Enjoyed so much that I bought the revolution which is basically the same hull with the mirage drive, but more fun to fish in the currents offshore.