PRO ANGLER 14 WITH MIRAGEDRIVE 180
ten years ago, Hobie Kayaks invented a whole new wheel with the first pedal-powered kayak. Not only was the idea outside the box, but the flexible fins and push pedals (inset) were out of this world. Last summer, Hobie added reverse to its MirageDrive system. Pull a cord attached to the drive and the fins rotate 180 degrees to let you push the boat backward. The new Turbo fins are just as efficient and fast as the originals. Switching into reverse is a snap—it takes only a second to reach down and pull the cord. We tested the Pro Angler 14, one of Hobie’s biggest and heaviest boats. It’s also well set up to fish hard. This is a battleship, armed with huge gear wells, tackle storage in the deck, and vertical and horizontal rod holders. We fished the boat everywhere, but the wide beam and high sides make the PA14 a natural for open water. We were able to pedal offshore, stand and cast in ocean swells, and lean over the side and land big fish with no chance of tipping over. This boat is so big that it comes with a single-blade canoe paddle for picking through tight spaces. It would be almost impossible to paddle very far without the MirageDrive 180. Like most of Hobie’s MirageDrive boats, the PA14 can be rigged with the EVOLVE electric motor or a sail kit.
score: 91.5 website: hobiefishing.com price: $3,449