When you mention Hobie® to a kayak angler, you’ll almost always get to talking about the Hobie MirageDrive® pedal propulsion system but with the recent release of the paddle-powered Hobie Quest 13, now you’ll get the paddle enthusiasts talking Hobie too.
The new Quest 13 debuted at last year’s Outdoor Retailer trade-show in Salt Lake City, where Hobie fishing product manager, Morgan Promnitz, pointed out the boat’s new and improved features including upgrades like a higher, drier seat, flat deck for standing, map pockets and extra space for mounting accessories. Promnitz explained that the boat is designed to appeal to both hardcore anglers and weekend adventurers.
On the water the Quest 13 matches good looks with great performance. The narrow vertical bow, long keel and rounded stern slice through the water with little resistance and razor-straight tracking.
The rotomolded polyethylene hull features generous below deck stowage, ample space for tackle boxes or tents, plus moulded rod holders at the perfect angle for trolling.
The deck layout is another signal of Hobie’s commitment to performance. The low-slung seat keeps the angler closer to the water, improving stability and decreasing wind resistance. A flat frame surrounding the cockpit will comfortably hold track-mounted accessories while the centre console keeps electronics at arm’s reach and out of the way. A large, Bungee-secured stern cargo area accommodates everything from additional tackle to a Hobie Livewel. An optional Twist and Stow rudder with foot steering gives paddling anglers even more control.
The Quest 13 comes standard with the Lowrance Ready System, a built-in transducer mount and pre-installed through-hull cable plugs. This allows anglers to install their own transducer and run the associated cables without any drilling or gluing.
Like all Hobie kayaks the Quest 13 is constructed with quality components, beautifully finished plastic throughout and accessories that are second to none.
Length: 3.96m / 13ft
Width: 72.3cm / 28.5 inches
Cockpit width: 63.5cm / 25 inches
Capacity: 160kg / 350lb
Weight: 32.2kgs / 71.2lbs
Hull: Rotomolded Polyethylene
For more details and full specifications head to your local Hobie dealer or visit: http://hobiecat.com.au/fishing/kayaks/quest-13/
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