this kayak is incredible. it has been smashed on rocks and endured a beating like no kayak ever should and emerged with minor scratches. not only is it indestructible, but it is a perfect size for one person. I launch it in the surf and it handles wonderfully in the waves. plenty of usable space and its great speed and stability has made it my go-to fishing kayak for offshore excursions. I launch with my buddy who has a newer Hobie angler with a mirage drive and easily outpace him while he pedals hard. all in all this kayak is possibly the best kayak I have seen in similar ranges, i would highly recommend this to anyone
I have used the Maui for surf launching and recreational ocean paddling for a few times now and it doesn’t disappoint. In the surf it’s stability allows ofne to launch and surf with ease, making for fun return trips. On the open water it glides fairly well however in chip there is hull slap which makes it difficult in wind. However it is a great recreational kayak that will make great memories on the water.
The Maui also has a great stern cargo area. We were doing field research, collecting crabs, and were able to fit all of our gear and have access to it while sitting. (plastic milk crates work well for organizing gear.) The hull shape of the Maui lends itself to some hull slap it the water is anything but a mirror surface.
I should also note that the Maui I paddled was old, had been used and abused, and took on water. So I imagine that the excess water weight I carried in the hull didn't help the perceived slowness of the kayak.
All in all, the Hobie is a good solid kayak I would recommend it those looking to get into the sport of kayaking.
I would definitely recommend the Hobie Maui for whatever you want to do.
With a few dry sacks you can bring anything with you. With a few folding chairs and a cooler, we basically Kayak so that we may find beaches that others can’t get too. But we also take full day trips as well, and these boats prove they are very tough. This Summer I will fish off of mine. That review will come later.
Draw-Backs, your going to get wet, how wet is your choice. All SOT kayaks, your going to get wet. Also I noticed about a cup of water each time in the body of the kayak when I am out. I have had this problem also with other kayaks. For a safe,fun and yet well controlable easy to paddle kayak, You can not beat this Hobie Maui for value and Quality. Go get on, You will not regret it.