Wonder if those who have seen the new Outback can answer a few questions I thought of after looking at the pictures posted on forum. Wish Hobie would upgrade its site with current pictures! Anyway....forum with pictures...
http://kfs.infopop.cc/groupee/forums/a/ ... 5571063061
Anyone have any pictures of new boat showing new layout? !!!!!
Has the area around the drive support notches been redesigned and reinforced to prevent leakage? Have the mast hole mount hole leak been fixed?
Is the new improved rudder coming on the Outbacks or Adventure only? Can it be added to Outback? Bigger rudder might help the wandering the boat seems prone to and would help a lot in the waves as well as less prone to breakage..
Any word on new fin availability? How much longer are they?
How big is the new center hatch (in front of the seat). That is where I would put the battery box and wonder if it would fit. Also would stash my small tackle boxes if there is enough clearance. Wish they would have made it square but I guess the option of adding a hatch is there as long as the area is a little higher than it was in the old hull and the size of the flat area hasn't decreased.
How much was the same area raised? Hopefully its higher so flooding will be less likely (especially if a square hatch is installed).
The front hatch looks usable so I can finally store rods inside the boat. Anyone done this? Badly need that feature when coming through the surf.
Anyone know the size?
Couldn't tell if front hatch opens and lays flat, only opens half way, or comes completely off. Be nice if its removable so it will be easier to load rods.
Are they still putting bungies over the front? I like to put a bag up at the bow to break the waves as the scooped bow just funnels a wave right into your lap.
Is there still a small hatch under the seat. Hope not as it just adds a leak point.
Has the seat and or seatback changed? Almost looks like there is a slot molded for the seat to fit into. If its changed to much I couldn't put an aftermarket seat in the boat.
Any changes behind the seat?
Did they move the drain so its in a useable spot? Thought about just putting another one in on the side below paddle holder as its easier turning boat on its side than propping front of boat up then turning it on side to drain through current hole.
Any changes to the rod holders or flat areas around them (I need flat spots for mounting electronics).