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PostPosted: Tue Aug 05, 2014 4:33 pm 
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I just saw this article about 2015 Hobies going to vantage seats and Mirage Drives with roller bearings. I assume this will apply to AIs and TIs? Cost difference? Id like to know before I pull the trigger on a 2014 TI. Id love to have those seats on a TI over the current ones. Much dryer :D I'm guessing I should wait for the 2015s? :?

http://m.kayakfishmag.com/news/vantage-ct/


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 05, 2014 5:20 pm 
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WOW!!! I think I will have to find aa way back out of retirement to trade in my 2012 TI when they migrate these upgrades to the Islands...

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 05, 2014 5:34 pm 
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Did anyone else notice that the red tandem kayak in the pic looks very much like a TI, but there are no aka's mounted to it. Possibly there are finally releasing their best kayak (hands down) to the market finally as a stand alone kayak (like the adventure). If they do it's about time in my opinion, my TI in kayak mode is the best kayak I have ever owned.
Bob

Edit: I know it's an oasis but wanted to put my hint in for a TI kayak (made you look lol)


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 05, 2014 6:06 pm 
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Looks like the Vantage seat rumours are true? 8)
The pull to open scuppers are a great idea as well!
Looking forward to MORE info Hobie!

PS: Bob, it's hard to tell from the pic but I'm guessing it's an Oasis. I share your sentiments though on the TI's benefits.


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 05, 2014 7:28 pm 
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Looks like I will be machining a set of fairing blocks to bolt onto my 2013 AI to accept the pins on the new seat. I assume the scupper drains will work on previous models?


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 06, 2014 2:30 pm 
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http://www.kayakfishmag.com/news/hobie- ... re-island/



oh sweet sweet AI...


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 06, 2014 2:39 pm 
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The drop down centerboard, in my opinion, is the best new feature on the AI.

While still not a fan of the new seat (but I have not tried one yet) this looks like a nice cross between the old AI and TI. Maybe just what the doctor ordered. Has sail size been increased?

Is the market about to be flooded with used AI and TI's?


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 06, 2014 3:34 pm 
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Wow alright! 8)
Very revealing pics:
-extra sail batten
-redesigned drivewell plug
-the AMA look concave as well as longer

Where are the water funnelling handles?


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 06, 2014 3:46 pm 
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What, no jib? :lol:


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 06, 2014 4:00 pm 
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stringy wrote:
Wow alright! 8)
Very revealing pics:
-extra sail batten
-redesigned drivewell plug
-the AMA look concave as well as longer

Where are the water funnelling handles?

Two foot taller mast.
Stringy, I think (hope!) the apparent concave ama is due to wide angle lens distortion, as surely a convex bottom would be more logical.

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 06, 2014 4:09 pm 
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The interesting thing is that so many of us find the current TI the better all around boat, even if you go solo. This new AI, provided you know you aren't going to take a passenger, could bridge that gap and provide the best of all worlds.

My Pro Angler might be for sale.


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 06, 2014 7:59 pm 
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I remember Tom thinking the AI hull should be taller, guess they listened. Can't wait to see the new specs on the TI. I'm also interested to learn more about the drive bearings. Should mean less maintenance, but will they be bullet proof against salt.


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 06, 2014 8:06 pm 
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More floatation! Double bungees! Put Hakas on it and it's the Bat Boat! :lol:


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 06, 2014 11:35 pm 
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Obviously they have listened closely to this forum...

WHERE ARE THE HAKAS????? :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 07, 2014 6:47 am 
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The New A.I. will also be more long? in addition to being wider?

http://www.kayakfishmag.com/news/hobie- ... re-island/


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