Hobie Mirage Island TandemThe Hobie Tandem Island has been out for a bit now, but I hadn’t had a chance to play with one until our Demo Day event since we can’t seem to keep them in stock! I’ve been on the Hobie Solo Island several different times in varying conditions and always loved it, but the only downside was that you were out there by yourself and this experience should really be shared! You can always outfit the solo with the trampoline set and take a friend with you, but it’s just not the same as the experience with the new Hobie Island Adventure Tandem.

My fiance and I were blown away at how AWESOME this new boat is.  Per usual, Hobie made the kayak very comfortable and user friendly **No sailing experience necessary.**  You can control the sail and rudder from either seating location, so if one person needs to take a break to dig in the cooler for a tasty adult beverage, you don’t need to roll everything up. The sail is controlled with 2 lines, a furler line to roll the sail up, and another line to adjust the trim of the sail. The rudder is just as easy with pull cords for the up down lines and a new upgraded larger steering handle. We took turns with the controls and eventually ended up with my fiance controlling the rudder and me controlling the sail. After tooling around for a bit, we decided we should let someone else give her a try since I could see the drool on the shore from out in the water.

I have been sailing with my dad since I was young and find the Tandem Island is a great compromise for those not wanting to invest in a full on sail boat and still have the versatility of a kayak. One of the greatest things about the Tandem Island (and the solo Island for that matter) is that it’s so easy to put together and take apart. From a distance it looks like it might take about an 30 minutes to an hour to set up, but in reality, it’s 5 – 10 minutes. The sail is light-weight and easy to stand up and click into the secured mast receiver and the AMA arms attach to the outrigger and kayak body with untold ease.

With that said, it’s also a great boat to take out without the sail and AMAs attached. Hobie has also made most of the accessories that are available for the Solo Island Adventure work for the Tandem Island as well, such as the trampoline sets and trailer cradles. This is a perfect couples/family activity boat and you can even go it solo easily, or bring along a furry friend! After our wedding, I know exactly what my next big purchase will be!

As always happy paddling, peddling, sailing or whatever the case may be!

Kate Wilder
ACK Customer Service