One of the many great things about Hobie Mirage pedal-powered kayaks is that they are all quite capable of being fitted with a sail kit. The Patented MirageDrive pedal system allows you to pedal while sailing which helps you to maintain forward motion through turns and obtain higher speeds. Sail with ease maintaining excellent speed with or without pedalling while sailing. Easily pedal out to sail or pedal home when the wind is too light.
Typical paddle-only kayaks do not have the necessary lateral resistance needed nor do they typically have a rudder for steering. Paddle kayaks require hands-on paddling which prohibits use of rudder and sail controls for sailing. The MirageDrive pedal system allows you to pedal out onto the water to sail and pedal back if needed. You can also pedal the boat through a tack (turn). The MirageDrive pedal system’s fins act as a keel or centerboard when in the down position offering the lateral resistance needed for upwind sailing. Hobie Mirage kayaks are equipped with a hand-controlled rudder. The MirageDrive allows hands to be free for sail and rudder controls.
With their larger sails, heavy-duty amas and roller-furling mainsheet systems, the Adventure Island trimaran yaks are even more capable and are the ideal boats for those who find the idea of kayak sailing highly alluring. Kayak sailing has been proven to be a highly effective means of propulsion for kayak fishing, either for trolling or for reaching otherwise inaccessible marks & fishing locations. Due to their impressive range capabilities, the Adventure Island trimaran boats are also the perfect choice for longer-distance kayak camping expeditions as well.