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PostPosted: Mon Mar 31, 2008 4:22 am 
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So I was fishing the Forgotten Coast Kayak Fishing Classic this past weekend in Florida and we fished the flats for Reds

There were oster bars all over the place and when the water went out it was swallow

What do some of you do? Do you just keep the mirage drive out and paddle? Or do you peddle until you hit?

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 31, 2008 1:49 pm 
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I fold them up and break out the funny stick thing people say is called a paddle.
I rarely, if ever, pull the drive while I am fishing.
I fished the Lousianna tourney two weeks ago and it was flippers up most of the day back in the grasses but even then I never pulled the drive.
Those peddles make a handy foot rest too ya know. :)

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 31, 2008 3:37 pm 
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I agree with Synovis. Welcome to Synovis by the way. I also was fishing this past weekend at dead low tide. I kept my drive in, but rarely used it. That's the only negative I see with the Mirage drive.


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 01, 2008 4:53 am 
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I had them up and even had to pull them sometimes

I was using a loaner boat from the local Hobie Shop Wilderness Way and didn't want to screw them up

In my AI - I am now going to figure out a way to store the mirage drive when and if I have to pull it

thanks guys

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G'Day Al,
Have you tried the 'twilling' technique that works well in shallow water? RR details it here:
http://www.hobiecat.com/community/viewtopic.php?t=8783
Unless the water is extremely shallow you shouldn't have to pull the drive - just bungee the crank and use the paddles. We have paddled in about 3" of water in our tandem and had no fin damage as they do tuck up nicely.
Where to put the drive when pulled is a problem. It's a shame it doesn't fit in the front hatch (Hobie are you listening? :wink: ).
If removed it should be tethered first. With a long tether you can safely sit it in the rear well with the pedals hanging over the rear X-Bar. I regularly remove it in my AI when in Adventure only mode and I want to paddle. I actually enjoy paddling the Adventure and have found that removing the drive and installing the plug adds about 1km/h (GPS) to my paddling cruising speed. It will sit in the footwell, sideways, sitting on the folded up fins and I still have enough room for my feet in the scallops. :)


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 01, 2008 2:42 pm 
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Tall Tails ,Jason, fishes a Revolution in that area all the time. He just flips the fins up and all is good. If your still in the are let me know and I will get you a ride in his Revolution. Thanks for participating in the event, here is a link to the site if anyone is interested in what went on: http://www.fcka.net/cat001/modules.php? ... pic&t=1770

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 01, 2008 4:54 pm 
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where you there?

I am back up in the NE in the cold

thanks for the offer

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No I had conflicting events that weekend wish I could have been there!

here is where I was http://www.hobiecat.com/community/viewt ... highlight=

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Hey yakman,
Glad you were able to make it down for our tournament. As you found out, the water can get very shallow over and around the oyster bars on a falling tide. Normally, I don't pull my Mirage Drive except when launching or returning, and it is always leashed when I'm on the water anyway. When you pull one pedal back and hook it with the installed bungee cord, the drive only extends down about 2 inches below the hull so I just leave it in place when on the water.

However, my best invention for use around the oyster bars is my PVC poling/measuring stick that I carry in my port side bungee. I use this for everything, including short distance paddling when launching or returning, pushing off oyster and other shallow bars and pushing my way over or thru a shallow mud flat, sand flat, or grass bed. Here you can see my Sport pulled up on one of our oyster bars with the Mirage Drive installed. Note my poling stick on the port gunwale.

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Here is the Mirage Drive installed--note the leash attaching the drive to an eyestrap inside the port-side bulkhead.

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Usually. it is easiest to remove the drive when on the water where the water is deep enough to pull it up and out. I then place the drive on the bow (with leash attached!) as you can see here. Hope this helps.

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