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PostPosted: Sun Oct 20, 2013 12:22 pm 
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There are two kayaks available locally. One is a 2012 is super shape. For $2K. The other is a 2008 or 9, second owner, couple scrapes on the bottom, includes sail. For $1200. Since I am new to this game (and 70 years old) I want to buy used to see how it works out. I am the kind of guy who would sell the used one and buy new if I really like the kayak. So I wonder to myself which one is my best decision, knowing that I would try to recover my investment if it works out.

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 20, 2013 3:29 pm 
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If I had your choice, I would buy the 2012 model and the price is good if it is in great shape. Newer design/components. If you buy the 2012 and like it, no need to buy another. Bob

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 20, 2013 10:06 pm 
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The Oasis was redesigned in 2011 and has several significant improvements over the 2010 and older models. The newer is somewhat faster, has a higher weight capacity, gained a bow hatch, better seats, duel steering controls (allowing you to solo from the front seat for the first time), longer front cockpit, significantly upgraded Mirage Drives (from 2008), stronger Drive locking mechanisms (from 2008) among others. It also runs drier for the front seat passenger. If, for any reason you want to sell it, it will have a greater resale value as you can already see, so the higher price is not wasted. You also mentioned that is in better condition. The older Oasis was an excellent boat, but the benefits of the newer model are compelling IMO.

I sold my 2008 to get a 2011 and find the additional capabilities well worth the difference! 8)


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 21, 2013 6:18 am 
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Thanks guys.

I will get a 2012. Is $2000 a fair or good price? What would be a "steal" for that kayak in excellent condition, no extras?

Pete


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 21, 2013 6:19 am 
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We owned a 2007 oasis and traded it in for a TI in 2010. We didn't like the boat because it didn't have enough storage, could only be driven solo from the back seat ( which make the bow stick way out of the water and is hard to steer in wind). We also had a revo which was much faster so my wife was always circling around me taunting me to keep up. The 2012 version has all the problems fixed and still has some of the 2 yr warranty left ( a big deal).
Hobie is continously improving their products and the newer oasis is a very good boat I feel you will be much happier with the newer model. It will also have a much higher re-sale/ trade in value when you upgrade to the TI ( we all end up doing that lol).
Another really big factor for us was car topping the old oasis was very difficult ( no hand holds) where the new oasis or the TI are both ten times easier to car top.
Hope this helps you
Bob


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 21, 2013 9:15 am 
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The 2014 models run about $2850 plus tax and they hold their value well. Any changes from 2012 to 2014 are relatively minor, so you're getting essentially the same boat. In top condition, it sounds like you're getting a pretty good price at $2k, but this is not to discourage you from using your negotiating skills!

You mentioned no extras. If you are getting this from a dealer, you may want a few of those extras and you may get the dealer to throw them in or at least offer a discount, since Hobie extras are somewhat expensive. There are three accessories that are most important IMO:

1: A cart can make moving this heavy boat around easy and lets you roll it right into the water without the need for a launch ramp. For most applications the basic wheels are more than adequate.

2: If the boat doesn't come with a large rudder, you should get one. It's like getting a handling package for your car -- increases low speed maneuverability and requires fewer steering corrections in windy, choppy water. It does come standard on some models now -- not sure about the Oasis.

3. ST Turbofins do for performance what the large rudder does for handling. Even the ST fins (smaller, less expensive) are a nice performance improvement over the standard fins. My 81 year old friend (who is pretty fit) uses the Turbos so I'm sure you'll be able to handle them with no problems. They increase speed, acceleration and efficiency. If you get a sail later, they, along with the large rudder, will compliment the sailing in the form of larger "daggerboard" and better helm control.

I'm also a big fan of the "i-comfort" sat pad for my bony butt -- extends my comfort range from about 45 minutes to over 2 hours easily. But not everybody needs this and it isn't as important as the other items. You can always consider this later if you find it appropriate.

We're looking forward to your first report with your new boat! 8)


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 21, 2013 2:55 pm 
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PeterLewis43 wrote:
Thanks guys.

I will get a 2012. Is $2000 a fair or good price? What would be a "steal" for that kayak in excellent condition, no extras?

Pete


Great price for a buyer..... $2000! :D

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