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 Post subject: Sidekick spin?
PostPosted: Mon Mar 26, 2012 7:01 am 
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We picked up some Sidekicks last week and took them out on the bay this weekend. It was pretty choppy and we noticed several times they would catch a wave and flip over. After that they would remain inverted for a while until another wave caught them just right (or I hit it with a paddle). We loved them and they did a great job. And even inverted they would help counter a sudden wind gust... but does anyone have advice or a mod for this?


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 Post subject: Re: Sidekick spin?
PostPosted: Wed Apr 04, 2012 2:26 pm 
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TalonDJ,

You may have the setting too low. Mine would spin till I elevated them just above the water or barely touching it. It still can happen but to a lesser degree. You do not need to have them running deep to give you protection from a turtle.

Sadly the only other fix is to get very pricey fixed pontoons. They are out there but a lot more than the Sidekick.

Check out mingle's rig at teh bottom of page 2 of this post
viewtopic.php?f=11&t=41471&start=15

Hope this helps
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 Post subject: Re: Sidekick spin?
PostPosted: Thu Apr 05, 2012 10:20 am 
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I had them in the max 'up' setting.

Fortunatly they still provide turtle protection inverted.


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 Post subject: Re: Sidekick spin?
PostPosted: Sat Jun 02, 2012 1:49 pm 
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HI,
I have a related question regarding sidekick spin, that I would like to direct to Matt or someone at Hobie. I'm trying to decide between buying Hobie's sidekicks and Scottys kayak stabilizers, for a non Hobie Kayak( OC Prowler 13). I notice, that the Sidekick's pontoons rotate around the outrigger arms and the Scottys pontoons are fixed and stationary. What advantages/disadvantages does this spin, have on the performance of the outrigger? What advantages/disadvantages are there between the two systems? Please note that, my primarily purpose for mounting the outriggers, is to stabilize my Kayak when sailing.
Mahalo and Aloha,
Nak


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 Post subject: Re: Sidekick spin?
PostPosted: Mon Jun 04, 2012 11:37 am 
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Having them adjustable I think is a bonus - but if you are fine with them being fixed then go for the more $ route... it's all up to the user.
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