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PostPosted: Wed Apr 11, 2012 4:15 pm 
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I installed the Hobie Bimini on my 2012 Oasis a few weeks ago and have had it out several times. This is by no means an all inclusive review, it's more of a first impression sort of thing.

It works great. Easy install and fully adjustable to wherever you need shade.
It is sort of over-engineered (imho). The Pro-techt homepage shows some demo reviews that make it look a little wobbly. Mine is rock solid. I purchased it from Austin Kayak.

Yesterday I was using it while pedaling the Colorado River in Black Canyon, AZ. While going upstream, the winds were at least 20 m.p.h. to my back. I was surprised to find that I was being pushed up stream, against the current maybe 1 or 2 m.p.h. without pedaling. The problem came when I turned around. The winds got stronger and it tried to push me back up stream. It was a little to much so I folded it up, which only takes a few seconds.

It can be used as a sail in light winds, but anything stronger you should just get the Hobie Sail Kit :D

It is fully adjustable to any conceivable angle you need it, all while sittng in the cockpit. Just practice it a little so you know where the knobs are behind you.

It's a keeper. It is going to see many hot, sunny days here in Southern Nevada.

Here's some pics.ImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImagehttp://i1064.photobucket.com/albums/u377/EricVegas/101_2244.jpg?t=1333176678ImageImageImageImage

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 11, 2012 4:33 pm 
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Nice post, thank you VegasEric

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 11, 2012 5:20 pm 
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Super pics!! Been very curious about the Bimini. Thanks!!


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 11, 2012 5:27 pm 
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Excellent... thanks

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 11, 2012 7:24 pm 
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Great set of photos, things go so much better with pictures. You brought your topic home with the variety of photos you posted - thanks,
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 12, 2012 1:58 am 
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Hey everyone I'm glad you liked the pictures. This forum is a real wealth of information. So many knowledgeable people with so many good ideas. I look forward to contributing to this forum in the future.

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 20, 2013 4:43 pm 
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Can two bimini's be installed / has anyone done it?

I'm seriously thinking of getting an Oasis - and one added way to persuade the mrs to jump on would be some sun shade for her sitting up front.


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 21, 2013 7:55 am 
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We might go for one up front for my wife in our Oasis.

I would appreciated the width of the mounting bar.

That bar could be used to mount a lot of stuff from fish finders, GPS and maybe attach a Torqeedo Kayak 403 motor rather than depend on mounting the holding ball permanently in the plastic.

Thanks again.

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 26, 2013 9:42 am 
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Using the plug in cart wheels in the back like that makes it really heavy - move the wheels up to the middle plugs in front of the back seat - and the boat will balance, it's 100% more easy to wheel it using the forward scuppers

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 26, 2013 3:38 pm 
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Nice set up Vegas Eric, I'm glad to see another Nevadian on here. I fish Willow beach alot. Huge stripers. Looks like you beached where the Hot springs is. Ive been fishing out of Goverment wash lately. I'll look out for the Bimini on a Oasis next time I'm Out at Willow.


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 02, 2013 6:07 pm 
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Grampa Spey-The width of the base mount is 3 1/2".

Barraspalding-I don't know where you would mount it on the front of an Oasis. I saw one mounted on the side of an Old Town. It ran horizontal just above the water line. But I don't think I'd want to mount it there.

JBernier-Thx for the advice on the plug-in cart.

Bassman-It seems like I'm down at Willow Beach at least once a week (I'll be doing a Hoover Dam trip from Kingman Wash in the morning). I plan on getting an outback in about a week. So I hope to see you out there sometime.

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 03, 2013 5:52 am 
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Thanks Eric. If this base mount is sturdy enough to support a Bimini, it should be able to support many other items.

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Grampa Spey-The width of the base mount is 3 1/2".

Barraspalding-I don't know where you would mount it on the front of an Oasis. I saw one mounted on the side of an Old Town. It ran horizontal just above the water line. But I don't think I'd want to mount it there.

JBernier-Thx for the advice on the plug-in cart.

Bassman-It seems like I'm down at Willow Beach at least once a week (I'll be doing a Hoover Dam trip from Kingman Wash in the morning). I plan on getting an outback in about a week. So I hope to see you out there sometime.

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 23, 2013 10:29 am 
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We did a similar installation with my colleague at Hobie Mirage Outback.


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 23, 2013 9:42 pm 
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Great video johnnybravo. It really shows how easy it is to mount the bimini and sidekick amas. Thanks for posting!

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