I'm new to this forum and this will be my first post. If I have repeat anything here, please let me know where I may read up...Thank you.
Last summer I bought a Hobie I9 inflatable while on Vacation. Since then, I have thoroughly enjoyed myself fishing and crabbing out of this light craft. I am now ready to move to the "Heavy Weights!" However, I have 2 problems.
1) I live in Victoria (Vancouver Island) BC. The closest Hobie dealer has sold his business and the new owner is only selling bikes. I try contacting another dealer up island but have gotten no response. I'm now ready to cross the border to buy my Hobie.
2) I'm undecided whether I should consider getting the Hobie Adventure or Hobie AI. I may consider sailing down the road once I have more xperience. Can any of you "Peddler" tell me the difference of sailing w/ the Hobie sailing kit modify to rig on the Adventure as supposed to sailing on the AI? Pros & Cons, any comments or personal experiences are appreciated.
Does it cost more to buy the accessories if I should upgrade to AI down the road?
I live on the West Coast and will generally do my Kayak Fishing in Salt Water. Cold, Rough and Windy conditions on the ocean occurs regularly. My main interest has expanded to doing Kayak Fishing, Camping and Touring which is why I've narrow the contenders to the models mention.
So far, I've met a few Kayak fisherman but not many KF Camper/Tourer. As traditional kayakers here on the island call it, I'm a "hybrid", not fully kayaker or fishermen.
Last but not least, are there happy Hobie kayak owners that can suggest dealers that they've purchased and has had a good outcome? I'm considering driving as far down as Oregon state to get the best boat and rigged w/ fishing accessories.
Thank you to all Hobie Peddle peers for your help!