Rigging Redbird

The Adventure Island
The Adventure Island is Hobie’s top of the line Kayak system that can be broken into a kayak, a Hawaiian style canoe and a sailing trimaran.

When a good breeze is blowing, the Adventure Island is a fast sleek craft and gives you offshore capabilities and range like no other. If the breeze isn’t giving you that much speed, you can use the mirage drive to drive you forward.

I was facing quite a few challenges with the Adventure Island. The very first thing I noticed is the challenge of not having the kind of space you would expect when you see the boat for the first time. The Adventure Island is a big kayak!  Until you get into the cockpit…

There are:

  • Two ropes; one for furling the sail and your mainsheet.
  • The dagger board
  • The dagger board hole plug.
  • The mirage drive
  • The mirage drive cassette plug

The ropes just need to be managed better and although it takes a little time to get used to, you will eventually get there and don’t even mind them after.

The daggerboard is long and will keep you wondering where to store it. When launching, I usually keep it lashed on the front hatch. But, I discovered that if you put the right side seat strap through the safety loop of the dagerboard, you are able to safely strap it with the paddle strap on the right hand side stowing it on the side of the boat leashed with the paddle straps gets it out of the way when not in use and always just inches away from you, should you need it. If I just use the mirage drive (when paddling out to deeper water, I still keep it strapped on the front hatch).

The foam plug for the daggerboard hole, when not in use is not a problem. When in use, you just jam it in tight and it gets out of the way. The real challenge is when you have the daggerboard on and the plug comes out. You won’t have anywhere to put it in.

Doing the same as the daggerboard, I took the leash off the pad eye and put the the strap of the seat through the rope loop, this gives you freedom to slide it up and down the seat strap so you don’t lose it and when the daggerboard is in use, you can put the plug in the side mesh pocket. The length of the leash is just enough that you would think it was made to do it!

The Mirage drive on my Adventure Island is always mounted. If and when I want it out, the place to put it on would be the space just after the mast or on the trampolines. I make sure I have a leash on the mirage drive at all times to prevent accidents. This is primarily the reason why I don’t take the mirage drive out of the mount in the first place; you stand a huge chance of losing it if you take it out of the well. The space is also where I put the Mirage Drive cassette plug when I use the Mirage Drive.

With all of that out of the way, the next challenge I had was where I was going to put my rods.

I installed Ram mounts via a DIY bracket system which works well. Later on I installed specialized rod holders behind the seat which is now what I use, although I took the RAM mounts off for the time being but they will be back on soon.

The mainsheet runs to the back of the kayak and should not snag anything. With that in mind, you need your rod holder to stick to the sides in a very wide “V” the place for this I believe is the aka mounting bar just behind the seat. It is easily one of the strongest parts of the kayak since this is one of the kayak’s lift points. These bars are the recommended places to hold when lifting the kayak with the akas and amas in place.

The Adventure Island is a wet ride. But then again, most kayaks are. To keep things dry, a cooler box solves the challenge and it can double as a fighting chair that you can also sit on while fighting fish. There is no fear of flipping over since the amas make the boat very stable. Putting the icebox in that place for dry storage will eliminate the use of this space of carrying more rods via crate and rod holder-tubes, you don’t want it there because of the mainsheet anyway…I tried, and failed.

On any day, I have at least 4 rods. I use two to troll and two for casting and bottom fishing. If I was to spend the whole day in the water, I could carry 6 or more rods fully rigged. The icebox contains everything from the stuff I want to keep dry, food, extra water, my phone and extra lures and many more.

The front hatch, when opened, is lined with an IKEA blue zipper bag, which I use as a fish bag. It can hold anything as small as a snapper to a medium sized kingfish. On the mast base is a dry bag with that holds the battery for my fish finder. I have temporarily glued (with a little bit of help of some waterproof duct tape) the transducer just behind the mast base and just in front of the mirage drive to keep it from moving around, it gives me very accurate readings and even water temperature! 
I have a GPS loaded with a chart for the whole of the UAE and Oman I keep it in the bottle holder in my right hand side.

The fishfinder is clamped on to the front AKA cross bar and I believe it is the best possible place for a fishfinder to be. Best of all, I didn’t have to drill holes for these modifications.

Trampolines give you more space and are also very useful when hiking out. I have used the tramps to carry an extra passenger and she even had the courage to use it as a hammock…which worked too well for her.




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