Stealth, Hobie or Malibu

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mobynick
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Stealth, Hobie or Malibu

#1 Post by mobynick » Mon Apr 04, 2016 11:20 am

So I'm soon to be relocating to Flinders Island Tassie :grin: I want a good yak to chase tuna and kings from + the bread and butter species. Must be able to handle swells (just in case), surf launches and be shark proof....big issue is wind, it needs to be able to handle wind. needs good hatches near my knees not up the ends of the yak where you need to shimmy over tackle boxes and squid jigs. Long distance paddling possible in case I'm crazy enough to go from island to island across bass straight :lek:

So stealths seem to be the main contender, but which one?
Are hobies really worth the extra $'s hell you could nearly get a proper sailing boat for the money?
Would the mallibu stealth do the job, they have been down to $600 here when on sale, have hatches I like and a rudder.....being a cheep bastard I know but I could get one for the mrs or my daughter....

thoughts??????

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Re: Stealth, Hobie or Malibu

#2 Post by tommo1 » Mon Apr 04, 2016 11:48 am

Mate from what you describe Stealth is the best bet.
Hobie's and Malibu's are heavy and will not handle surf well. As far as there other qualities go (wind handling etc) I can't comment as I have no experience with them.

The best Stealth for your needs imo is the 500. If you are stable in a yak then the 525 will be great as well (depending on your size)
If you are a big unit then the 500 or 525 would be better

If you were more petite then 475 or 460 would be better suited to you needs

I paddle a Evolution 495, the predecessor to the 500 and it suites my needs perfectly.
Give Dennis a bell at AKS
Hope that helps
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Re: Stealth, Hobie or Malibu

#3 Post by Lazybugger » Mon Apr 04, 2016 12:26 pm

Sprockets son Phil is studying in Tassie atm and takes his Pro-fisha down. He has caught a few tuna on it as well from memory. Don't think he is on here but is contactable on the shed.

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Re: Stealth, Hobie or Malibu

#4 Post by ShortyK » Mon Apr 04, 2016 7:58 pm

I have both a Hobie and a Stealth, and for offshore work you can't go past the Stealth, so easy to paddle and handle surf conditions easy, plant of storage room that is handy without have to move to the front to get to the big hatch. They are a pleasure to paddle.
PB's from Yak:
Flathead 59cm, Bream 35cm,
Tailor 25cm, Moses Perch 28cm,
Wild Bass 40cm, Travelly 27cm,
Whiting 33cm, Eaustry Cod 28cm,
Snapper 51cm, Impoundment Bass 40cm
Reef shark about 2m, Spangeld Emperor 28cm
Longtail Tuna 118cm, Spanish Mackerel 117cm
Wild Yellow belly 37cm.

There is nothing more relaxing than a day on the water in a Kayak.

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Re: Stealth, Hobie or Malibu

#5 Post by mobynick » Mon Apr 04, 2016 11:56 pm

Thanks guys stealth it is.....I was 90% certain you just helped cement the idea.

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Re: Stealth, Hobie or Malibu

#6 Post by Seeker » Tue Apr 05, 2016 8:03 am

just to muddy the waters..... dont forget clark ski or pinnacle ski's....both glass and hold there own against stealth (so im told). With Dennis now stocking all three im sure we will be seeing a lot more of the clark and pinnacle on Aussie beaches

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Re: Stealth, Hobie or Malibu

#7 Post by Salty Dog » Wed Apr 06, 2016 4:54 am

Dennis is definitely the guy to talk to for everything Stealth.

Depending on how big you are, how good your balance is & how fast you want to go/need to go to get out of foul weather there are different models that might suit like the Profisha 575, Profisha 525, Profisha 475, Fisha 500, etc, etc.

I'd do yourself a favour & give Dennis a call & tell him all about yourself, what you want you want to do, what the conditions that you will be paddling in so that he can suggest what's most likely to be best for you.

Good luck with it. I bet you will enjoy whatever you get.
Regards, Adam.

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Re: Stealth, Hobie or Malibu

#8 Post by scatter » Wed Apr 06, 2016 8:05 pm

Lazybugger wrote:Sprockets son Phil is studying in Tassie atm and takes his Pro-fisha down. He has caught a few tuna on it as well from memory. Don't think he is on here but is contactable on the shed.
Not Phil, James.
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Re: Stealth, Hobie or Malibu

#9 Post by Lazybugger » Wed Apr 06, 2016 9:45 pm

scatter wrote:
Lazybugger wrote:Sprockets son Phil is studying in Tassie atm and takes his Pro-fisha down. He has caught a few tuna on it as well from memory. Don't think he is on here but is contactable on the shed.
Not Phil, James.
Dopey me.... Should have just said bald bastard son who fishes hard.

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