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Mirage® Tandem Island Reviews

by Hobie
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  • 18' 6" Length
  • 10" Width
  • $6,199 MSRP

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(7 Consumer Reviews)

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As a 60 year old, I...

As a 60 year old, I thoroughly enjoyed sailing and pedaling/paddling my 2014 Dune Hobie TI with my son and girlfriend and our dog (though never all at once 😁). I ordered almost every transport option and took it across the Southwest and Texas. Beaching, trailering, cartopping on my older Ford Escort wagon and docking in San Francisco Bay all proved manageable (even alone) due to my many options available. The Hobie Trax carts, roof rack pads along with my custom rear bumper Thule bike rack system (and a cleverly placed type IV throwable PFD) made launching alone at ramps or beaches surprisingly easy. As a 63 year old, I am now looking forward to purchasing a 2016 TI and perhaps subbing at least one of the newest 2017 Mirage drives into it!

We purchased our TI over a...

We purchased our TI over a month ago and all I can say is...... "Wonderful". We do understand what other writers say about how heavy it is but with the dolly this problem is solved. I hope to see you guys out there! Fair winds everyone!

I bought a 2015 for my...

I bought a 2015 for my sons (age 13 and 15) to use at the beach and at a lake. I have had it at the beach so far and I find it very difficult to manage in the surf. The boat is BIG!!! Very unwieldy. On just the third trip, I ended up with two broken akas while trying to beach it. I was thinking this was a kayak, ie. something I could car top and that even one person could manage easily taking it in and out of the surf. This is not a kayak. It is a big boat. I was greatly discouraged from car topping it as this would be unsafe and ended up spending a lot of money for a trailer. There is no easy way that I can see that one person could easily manage this in the surf, particularly one of my sons. Beginning to understand the thing about the two best days in a boat owner's life.

I have taken mine out 3...

I have taken mine out 3 times now and all I can say is WOW! It is a great machine, as in 4 modes of propulsion, Paddle, Mirage Drive, Sail, and Electric Motor! Extremely flexible craft! One or two persons easily control this boat! I have THE original Adventure Island Prototype (Single Seat) and what an improvement this is! Get the Trampolines and Spray Guards as this is a wet boat when getting your sailing thrills! It is well worth the money! The 3 Hatches are roomy too! I have a 26' Sailboat but will probably end up using this craft even more than that! Downwind performance does lack a bit, but not concerting enough to downgrade! Upwind it tacks well when peddling through the tack! What else can I say about this boat other than....get one, you won't be disappointed with it at all!

Although the Hobie Tandem...

Although the Hobie Tandem Island (TI) is a bit expensive, it comes with a lot of versatility. It comes with 2 turbo mirage drives (the foot pedal system, and turbo means larger fins), which are quite nice when the wind quits and you still have to get home. When really pushing we can get the boat up to 6 knots.

The sail rig is great for when you have wind, and it comes with outriggers to keep you upright. A 25 mile trip is quite easy in this boat.

As a kayak, without the sail rig and outriggers, it is still a fun boat. It has a bit of freeboard, so bring the sail rig on windy days.

Got this in 2010 at the...

Got this in 2010 at the end of the season. Sail it in tidal river off Ches. Bay. Great fun...sails great as single or double. Can go over 10 mph in the right wind and seas. Would give it a 10 but have had multiple small repairs... not nearly as robust as a regular Hobie Cat.

Reviewing the Hobie TI, ...

Reviewing the Hobie TI, without the sailrig and aka's, and with just paddles:

With the sail rig, it's nice and stable, and will perform as expected, speedy a little leg effort on the Mirage drive with the sail out and you can get a long way. It is great for island hoping in coastal waters, a 25 mile trek is not a big deal.

Without the sail rig, it's a heavy, long boat. It will haul a lot, and, again, Hobie's Mirage drive make it really easy to get around, 6 to 10 miles are no sweat.

Without the Mirage drive and rudder and a little breeze, and shallow water, it gets weather cocked like crazy and starts to become what you would expect of a 18' 6" boat with lots of freeboard, just like a canoe.

What I really like about the TI (Hobie Tandem Island) is the support from Hobie. They have a great set of forums to post questions, modifications, repairs, etc.

It's a great boat, especially because you can take someone out for a ride with you.

That said, I still love my wood 17' Chesapeake from CLC, I just don't want to ever have to choose just one boat.