Quest 13 Description
It's hard to get more basic than paddling and fishing—two of humankind's earliest ways of interacting with Mother Nature. The Hobie Quest 13 combines these two ancient arts in this purpose-built boat that incorporates the features fishermen need: Covered bow and stern stowage compartments, ample space for coolers, tackle boxes or camping gear, plus molded-in rod holders. A large rear cargo area provides storage for extra tackle, crate systems, or a Hobie Livewell. Plus, the Quest 13 can be fitted with Hobie's optional Twist and Stow rudder system, simplifying boat handling and allowing you to quietly stalk choice spots.
Quest 13 Specs and Features
- Structure: Rigid / Hard Shell
- Cockpit Type: Sit on Top / Open Cockpit
- Seating Configuration: Solo
- Ideal Paddler Size: Average Adult, Larger Adult
- Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate
- Ideal Paddler Size: Average Adult, Larger Adult
- Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate
Quest 13 Reviews
The Quest 13 kayak, produced…
The Quest 13 kayak, produced by Hobie, is a solo paddle kayak with a sleek and swift hull. It has the ability for light touring but is more for the serious angler. The 13’ length along with the fully rigged weight of approx. 70 lbs. make this kayak easy to carry and maneuver by anyone. The hull features a large below deck stowage, ample space for tackle boxes or camping gear and built in molded rod holders for your trolling pleasure. Another large, bungee-secured stern cargo area accommodates everything from additional tackle to live bait and the optional Twist and Stow rudder with foot control will help keep you moving in the right direction. We highly recommend the Quest 13 as an all-around light touring boat or heavy use angler platform.
Bought the Quest a number…
Bought the Quest a number of years ago after spending 2 weeks if testing 8 or 9 different kayaks. It has been a big part of my life since. Very comfortable and stable on the water, while being able to keep up with the pack regardless of what they are paddling. Build quality was also best of the boats U tried. Going a couple miles offshore to fish was easy. Enjoyed so much that I bought the revolution which is basically the same hull with the mirage drive, but more fun to fish in the currents offshore.
Now I live off the grid on a small island in Panama and paddle the Quest about 3 miles across dolphin bay every morning, and pedal the revolution when I am fishing. Actually I don't get to pedal much as the Revolution is the choice of most of our visitors, but having those 2 boats on our dock is a dream come true
I bought my first and only…
Bottom line up front...this…
The boat is stable, tracks well and has ample room for lots of stuff. The paddle holders are uber convenient, and the rod holders are a nice addition for those of us who fish. I thoroughly enjoy my time in this kayak, and while I have not faced truly big waves, she weathered 2-3 foot swells in Sound quite nicely.
If it's a solid open water boat you are looking for, the Quest 13 would serve you well. I am upgrading my son to a Quest 11 next year, that's how much I like mine.
My first yak was a Hobie…
I have paddled many different…
I like the way the kayak "feels" on the water and it paddles well. The Quest 13 lacks the glide of my WS Tarpon 140, so I gave it a "9".
Have always liked the Hobie…
The Quest 13 tracks reasonably well but does require concentration to stay online. I intentionally did not get the rudder (At the suggestion of the dealer) to learn the proper handling and paddling skills first. Good Choice !
Finally, I really purchased the Quest at a good price and after selling my Wilderness on Craig's I would tell my friends to buy a Quest. I did water test both the 11 & 13 and both were great. My size dictated the 13 made more sense. I remain a loyal Hobie fan !!! Good design, good price, great dealers...
Great boat. Coming from an…
I have used my Quest a couple…
- Tracks pretty well when not windy.
- Workmanship is ok but could be a whole lot better. A lot of flaws in the hull.
- The side compartments are very useful for holding map, lotion, pliers, etc.
- The 8" hatch is terrific with an easy open latch.
- The molded in paddle holders are handy but a little hard to strap paddle down
- The paddle that comes with the boat is great quality and I see no need replace.
- The forward hatch is huge and great for storing bulky items.
- Hobie has been a first class company for 40 years but their customer service really sucks.
- Wish it was 10 pounds lighter.
- Need a rudder to track in any wind.
- Needs better hand grips to lift comfortably
- The hand grips on the bow and stern are attached with a small line. I like the straps used on the Tarpon series much better.
- Like may of these sit-on-tops there is too much water on the cockpit, Hobie doesn't give you enough scuppers.
- Last, Hobie sold me a 2009 model, but checking the serial number it was a 2008. After many lies by the dealer (central Florida Panhandle) and Hobie, they agreed to exchange. I had to drive another 240 miles at my expense to exchange.
I bought my Quest used, it is…
Quality: everything seems well made and holds together well. One of the nice thing about Hobies is the availability of spare parts, I go to my local Hobie Dealer and can replace things as needed. My old inner cargo nets were sun worn and needed replacing, they had them in stock and it was easy to replace. My local shop gave me an older style 8" hatch and I mounted in the stern where the Hobie logo is. Now I have an extra hatch for what ever. For fishing this has a huge rear area that will hold two milk crates with room to spare. My Kayak came with the rudder system and I find with the rudder she tracks well, with out it she tends not to. This boat was designed for fishing so the hull tends to be flat. I have gone over every Elkhorn Slough outside of Santa Cruz, CA and never ran aground in 4 inches of water. They claim you can stand in this but I have never tried that. It is very easy to get in and out of.
I give her a 9, the only draw back, it came with pre-molded hand grip in the hull, which I found uncomfortable and not very usable for any great distance, have since added a set of the normal handles on and that fixed the problem, and I understand they now come that way. I have used it a lot, and can say it is a good purchase and if you look at used Hobie prices they hold their value as well.
I purchased my Hobie Quest in…
One thing to look at when comparing the Quest to other models is what they come with. There were much less inexpensive yaks out their, but by the time you add all the standard gear that comes with the Quest they are comparable in price, the paddle, seat and hatches are included, and the seat is definitely not a cheapie.
As far as the basics this kayak has you pretty much covered, a top notch quality hull with a flat finish on top and smooth on the bottom, and the following goodies:
- a big, easy-to-access, water tight front hatch - if you're on the water and you want to access the hatch, you'll have to get used to shimmying forward on the yak with your feet dangling over the side, this is the only way to do it with good stability, it's really simple to open with one hand, no straps to wrestle, just a single bungie.
- 8" water tight round hatch - excellent hatch, easy to access while sitting, holds a hobie dry bag or plastic trays or just gives access to hull storage.
- side pockets with mesh retainers - perfect for pliers, lip grabbers or even a spare bottle of water, and even packs of plastic bait, love these things.
- deluxe seat - the seat is really well padded, some say it's much better than the '06 model seat, however I think the older model was a little taller at the back, if you are approaching 6 feet tall, you might find it a little short. Handy pocket in the back, I keep keys and wallet etc. here, it's not waterproof so I keep my wallet and cell in a ziploc.
- drink holder ...will fit some pretty big beverage containers, or a small container in some sort of individual cooler
- an area for rigging stuff between the legs with a tray - plenty of space here for various mounts, and a tray for a small tackle box. Only thing I find with the mount location, if you don't mount to the front it makes for a long reach.
- rod holders - these are kind of loose and shallow, so just make sure you keep your rod leashed. I haven't had a rod pop out yet, but then again I rarely use them for trolling, more as holders. ok for bigger rods
- foot pedals - easy to adjust, can be adapted to control a rudder, if your under 6 feet you'll probably have a couple recesses in front of the pedals to keep stuff, I often have a bottle of water or a small bait container up their.
- behind seat recessed storage area - this area is huge, my 7 year old can sit back their comfortably. You could easily stash a crate and a couple dry bags back their. Combined with the front storage I'm sure you could carry a weekend's worth of necessity type camping gear.
I bought mine with the Fisherman kit, which came with a few extras;
- a tackle bag with 3 x 8" round tackle boxes - this thing is great, I have a tray setup for each type of fishing that I do. The bag came with a leash so I hook it to a seat strap and keep it in a crate behind the seat, works well.
- a paddle leash - this is the coil retracting type, I find it a bit heavy and the spring is too strong, it adds a fair amount of weight to the paddle feel, I'd prefer something lighter and less bulky, I realize loosing a paddle is not much of an option, but the paddle does float, and I can keep a spare pack paddle in the huge hatch.
- a deluxe buggy with inflatable quick connect wheels - this thing is almost awesome, first thing I do is set the yak on the buggy after I unload it off the car, then I gear up and wheel it down to the water and right into the water, then I just lift up on the back and the buggy drops out, it can then be stored either upside down in the rear scuppers or in the hatch. My only peeve is with trying to get the buggy back under the yak when heading in, for some reason I just can't do the reverse. I usually end up tying everything down, partially unloading then tipping the yak to get the buggy back on. Otherwise this buggy makes for really light effort even over sand and rocks.
Why a 8 out of 10 rating? The boat itself was a little wetter than I anticipated, sure if I was lighter it would probably be fine, but with a 350lb capacity I expected a little drier, not a biggie tho I can use scupper plugs, however if I could have demo'd it first I might have gone with a drier option. The tracking isn't great, I knew that when I bought it, it's not an issue when slow paddling, but if your trying to carry some speed and cover some distance it's a PITA, I will be putting the rudder on soon. The accessories, getting the buggy back on after a day on the water can be a pita, the seat could be a little higher, and the rod leash could be better.
The part I really like about the issues is they can all be corrected and I can make this work, I'll be paddling this for many years to come.
I bought my Quest in October…
Just back from a 6 hour…
My only beef is the footwell stays wet, but you can ride your feet higher on the footrests to compensate.
I purchased the Quest…
Tracking: I've heard rumors of this boat not tracking well. I purchased the yak with the rudder system and have had no issues with its ability to track. Furthermore, with the rudder system, I was surprised with its ability to maintain a straight line.
Hatches: The front hatch, despite its likeness to a toilet bowl, is awesome. It is easily accessed and can fit a cow striper in the hull with no problem. The 8" hatch in the cockpit is nice, but I do agree with the previous review in the fact that it needs a bag system to get the maximum utilization.
Rod Holders: The cockpit offers up a flat section (just above the cup holder) between the leg rests that can be used for a front position rod holder (Scotty). The two molded in rod holders behind the seat are fairly shallow and would trust them in rough water. Two PVC pipes will do the trick to ensure you don't lose any gear.
Performance: I have no problem getting the boat up to 5mph with a little extra effort. Speed is sufficient. The hull slaps a little in rough water, but it really doesn't pose any problems. Stability of the boat is great.
Miscellaneous: The side compartments, with the mesh cover, are a great idea. I used it to store various tools, such as; lip gripper, pliers, knife, etc. This is a great idea and wish it was utilized in other yaks. The weight of the yak is tolerable for loading and unloading the yak off the roof of my truck. It's not Pungo light, but it’s certainly not Fish N dive heavy.
All in all, I love this boat. There is a sense of safety due to its stability and the comfort is unmatched as compared to other boats I have demo'd. I have fished long hours without the slightest soreness in the back or legs caused by poor layout. Fishing from this yak is easy and provides great storage capabilities. A little pricey, but I'd buy it again if I had to do it all over again.
I bought my quest about 6…
My next trip with the Quest was out in the ocean off the coast of Mendocino. It took some effort getting through the surf, but with persistence I made it with only moderate heavy breathing. Once out in the ocean I again noticed my yak didn't track. Again I thought it was the wind but started having some doubts. I spent most of my paddling time concentrating on going in a straight line. If you like spinning around in random circles gawking at mother natures amazing beauty then by this kayak without a rudder. You will absolutely love it!
At one point I swapped yaks with my buddy. He has a Tarpon 120. It tracked very well without a rudder. I found his Tarpon way uncomfortable, but trackable. So I got back into mine and new I needed a rudder.
So now I have a rudder on my Quest and I absolutely love this kayak. I have rated it an 8 out of ten because I am pissed off about not getting a rudder when I bought the boat. That was just stupid and the sales people didn't educate me to this. Perhaps they did not know since it is so new to the kayak market.
That being said, this kayak is great. If you want a pretty fast yak that is probably the most comfortable SOT today, buy a Quest. The rudder system kicks ass and is very user friendly and intuitive. The adjustable foot rests are one of the points that sold me on this model. They are adjustable enough for me to get a tight, yet controlled fit... I feel as if I am in a Porsche 911.
The hatches are big and friendly. I ended up with some water inside, so I configured another secret bungee system and this seemed to help. The 8" nut hatch needs a bag inside so items stay easily accessed. What I really love is the HUGE tank well on the back. Room for two air tanks, or abalone gear, or milk crates, or bait boxes, or whatever. The more stuff I can get onto my yak the happier I am!
I paid about $1200 for the yak, seat, paddle, rudder, anchor, some extra straps, and of course... Uncle Sam.
If you did not read this whole review, DO NOT BUY THE QUEST WITHOUT A RUDDER!!!