New Hobie Mirage on the horizon? COMPASS!

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Re: New Hobie Mirage on the horizon? COMPASS!

Postby arpie » Sat Sep 02, 2017 11:23 am

No little 'side wells' for me to leave all my loose lures to sit in tho! :idiot:

I have my 'go to' lures sitting there for easy access!! :wink:

I'll definitely go 'for a ride' in one when they come, just for fun - tho I can't see me getting one - just way too heavy for me. :cry:

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Re: New Hobie Mirage on the horizon? COMPASS!

Postby pdfarrell » Sat Sep 02, 2017 11:51 am

Definitely being launched as a "budget" Hobie.

This video about Lowrance Ready system mentions the Compass, and then refers to rest of the Hobie range as '"premium" models.



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Re: New Hobie Mirage on the horizon? COMPASS!

Postby Yakass » Fri Sep 08, 2017 9:33 pm

The price in the US is $2000 ...... so still AUS$2500+ here, I reckon.


A tad more I would say. Once you factor in shipping costs it's more likely to be $2700 - $2800. I'm guessing $2790, maybe $2750

What does this have that the Revo 13 doesn't??


For starters, greater primary stability - large people, beginners and inexperienced paddlers will feel more comfortable in the Compass I'd say. Also has a simplified PA style inverted rudder so it's going to turn on a dime. Gear mounting tracks as well. But in some ways it's more about what it doesn't have and while some may see it as a bad thing I actually see it as a good thing. No 180 drive, so no reverse and a lot of people don't need or even want that. Its also going to be simpler to service and field repair. It also doesn't have a front hatch. In any case, it's actually quite different to the Revo if you look close.

I find it interesting that they design and introduce the Mirage 180, and then go and introduce a new model that comes with forward only Mirage drive


They did this in order to keep the price down, which is exactly what Hobie dealers have been asking Hobie for for the past few years. I actually prefer the GT drive. Not only is it bullet proof, it has a higher potential upgrade path. Those of you who have put Flow Fins on your V2 or GT drives know what I am talking about. Besides, reverse isn't something that I have ever felt that I 'needed'. I can understand why those fishing in skinny water for cod, jacks, etc would benefit from it, but not so much open water anglers like myself. People will be welcome to upgrade to a 180 drive if they wish, though that'll cost a couple hundred(ish) more.

No grab hamdles, how do you load it?


You load it with the grab handles that are molded into the boat, much like early Revos, Quests and Adventures. So no, it does indeed have grab handles.

No little 'side wells' for me to leave all my loose lures to sit in tho!


No, but it wouldn't take much imagination to set up a handy storage set up on the inner walls of either side of the boat. This is actually one of the concepts about the yak that I love - it's a blank canvas

Definitely being launched as a "budget" Hobie.


Thats the plan, yes... and it's high time. While some may frown upon the minimalist design I think it's a great thing. Less is more. Simplicity is a good thing.
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Re: New Hobie Mirage on the horizon? COMPASS!

Postby l2andom » Mon Sep 11, 2017 9:28 pm

Yakass wrote:
Thats the plan, yes... and it's high time. While some may frown upon the minimalist design I think it's a great thing. Less is more. Simplicity is a good thing.


I am also with the less is more. I started off fishing on the kayak with a bit too much and that didn't last very long. Now I only take out 2 rods and a small box of lures (sometimes only 4 lures and usually 2 different ones with a replacement each). Looking forward to seeing these on the water and giving one a go. I almost pulled the trigger on a PA but this actually appeals to me a lot more.
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Re: New Hobie Mirage on the horizon? COMPASS!

Postby grimo82 » Wed Sep 20, 2017 1:27 pm

Yakass wrote:
The price in the US is $2000 ...... so still AUS$2500+ here, I reckon.


A tad more I would say. Once you factor in shipping costs it's more likely to be $2700 - $2800. I'm guessing $2790, maybe $2750

-smack on - Nowra retailer advertising presales at $2790! - expensive in my opinion for a craft with less features then the current suite.

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Re: New Hobie Mirage on the horizon? COMPASS!

Postby Nativeman » Thu Sep 21, 2017 6:19 pm

grimo82 wrote:
Yakass wrote:
The price in the US is $2000 ...... so still AUS$2500+ here, I reckon.


A tad more I would say. Once you factor in shipping costs it's more likely to be $2700 - $2800. I'm guessing $2790, maybe $2750

-smack on - Nowra retailer advertising presales at $2790! - expensive in my opinion for a craft with less features then the current suite.

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Re: New Hobie Mirage on the horizon? COMPASS!

Postby l2andom » Fri Sep 22, 2017 3:22 pm

I had a Revo that I sold and was going to pick up a PA, but looking at picking one of these up instead. Lots lighter and similar shape. Got an Adventure Island for whatever else. Not too worried about the 180 drive, if I really want one I'll just buy one. Haven't had any issues with the drives before the glidetech til I sold my revo, so don't see me really needing the reverse in a hurry. I use my paddle quite often anyways.
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Re: New Hobie Mirage on the horizon? COMPASS!

Postby Shuggy22 » Fri Sep 22, 2017 5:25 pm

All over the less is more also!!
For me thats the awesome thing about yak fishing, simplicity! Just the yak some rods pfd and lures or bait.

Like Arpie I'll be keen to give one a spin when a demo model arrives at the local.

Very interesting indeed :D
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