Heh bumping a 4 month old thread eh? I wonder which one the original poster eventually purchased?
I figured that I'd wait until early 2014 to purchase after I made up my mind, but there's been a lot of other stuff going on so my mind has really not had time to settle. I had also intended to buy used and save a few to several hundred dollars.
One thing that did not cross my mind at the time was the Hobie Sport, but when I saw a 2012 available for $1,200.... I was really starting to do some more research last week. I then saw that the 2014 Sport was redesigned. There's a video on YouTube of a Sport versus a Revo 11... and I think the Revo 11 won the first match, but the Sport nudged him out on the last match. They're virtually the same speed. Only problem is that I'd have the pedals set on the last notch, and I'm only average height..... but for $1,200 I was going to buy it. Only problem is that the yak was 3 or 4 hour drive away, so I had to wait until Friday after work before I was going to go pick it up.... but early Friday morning, the posting was removed.
There are a lot of rivers, bays, and there's definitely open water here, too. Wondering if I really need a "all purpose" Revo 13, or if I wouldn't be happier with a 2014 Sport *and* an Adventure/Tandem Island. Only problem is that I'm not going to be spending that kinda money just yet. In the process of changing jobs.... so I'm thinking I'll be able to wait and see what kinda changes Hobie has for their 2015 kayaks. It just never ends. One serious problem for me is that I see how Hobie updates their kayaks every year, or at least every other year it seems. It's kinda influencing me to continue the "wait and see" game, which is just giving me anxiety problems. Hopefully I can just find a good used one sometime soon so I can calm my nerves.
In regards to speed difference, the more miles you do, the more speed might matter. .25 to .5 mph difference will add up real fast on a 12-20 mile day. If someone is only looking to do 5-6 mile trips, the speed difference may not have much influence on the experience.
That's what I'm thinking. I would rarely go more than 12 miles round trip, and perhaps a half mph slower pace would actually be the more enjoyable choice.
I think that Roadrunner's comment will really be the deciding factor for me:
The Revo 13 sails better and IMO is arguably the best all-around sailer. It is not as tender (more stable), has a little more hike out room, the mainsheet angle is closer to optimal for sail efficiency.
I'm going to try to wait and get a good deal on a used 2013/2014 Revo13... so that way I'll be able to afford the sail, sidekicks, turbo fins, etc. Definitely what I'm going to try
to do, but another $1,200 Sport and/or a $2,500 Tandem Island could change my mind.
I wish Roadrunner would comment about sailing his 2014 Sport. That should be the most stable Hobie sailing kayak to date. Would be very interested in such a review...