" Posted July 06, 2006 08:01 PM
Unfortunately, these will not be items that can be fitted to older Adventures. This will have a bunch of new molded-in hardware to make it work. There are beefy crossbar attachments, ama strut attachment and mast base hardware. You can assume that this also makes the basic Adventure a bit heavier.
The desire was to make it adaptable, but the reality is it required new hardware.
Here is the full release details:
New Product Announcement
It is with great pleasure that we announce the newest addition to our product line-up, a product so unique that it will cross-over (our) Sailboat and Recreational Kayak lines of distribution. At the Outdoor Retailer Show that takes place in mid-August in Salt Lake City, Utah, we will be introducing the Hobie Mirage Adventure Island, a 16' Trimaran "Sail/yak" that incorporates the patented Hobie Mirage Drive into a unique sailing machine unlike any other sailing craft on the water. Here are the features that make the Adventure Island so special:
A boomless, roller-furling sail rig similar to the rig on the Hobie Bravo with plenty of sail area for excellent performance, completely manageable from the cockpit with the pull of a line.
Two retractable amas that fold up against the side of the boat, again with the simple pull of a line, for easy docking, maneuverability, and transport.
The cockpit is the stable platform of the Hobie Mirage Adventure Kayak, offering full versatility as a pedaling kayak when conditions are not convenient for sailing. All 2007 model year Adventure Kayaks, including the Fish model, will have inserts molded into the hulls so that they may be upgraded to an Adventure Island with a kit available through (our) Parts Department. The ama colors will be limited, and the Adventure Island will cost more when purchased via an upgrade kit rather than purchased initially as a complete boat package.
The Hobie Mirage Drive allows the boat to be pedaled while under sail, or simply pedaled with the sail furled for versatility not found in any other sailboat.
The Adventure Island is loaded with additional standard features such as a daggerboard; oversized "Twist and Stow" rudder; Turbo Fins; Mast and Sail Cover; and an Aka/Daggerboard Bag.
The Adventure Island will be offered in two color packages: Golden Papaya and Red Hibiscus. Both options include beautifully color-coordinated sails.
Now that we've got your attention, the best news is that the Hobie Mirage Adventure Island will be released at an Introductory Retail price of $2,995!
Our expected availability date is September 1st.
This message has been edited. Last edited by: Matt Miller, July 06, 2006 08:17 PM
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