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Sticking with the cat theme this week! Go Hobie!

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Enjoying your Hobie Products in Winter

Winter should not stop you enjoying your water sports. In fact, some of the best boating conditions are experienced in winter. The winds are generally lighter, the seas and water ways flatter, but the most important rule about sailing or kayaking at this time of the year is to stay dry and stay warm. 

Alistair Kelsall, Captain of the South East Queensland Island Club, discusses how he stays warm, dry and protected throughout the cooler months. To continue reading, see here: http://www.sunstatehobie.com.au/enjoying-your-hobie-products-in-winter/

Hobies and Americas Cup

When Larry Ellison gave an acceptance speech after Oracle Team USA won the 2013 Americas Cup, he commented,

“This will all be worth it if a few kids get interested and take up Hobie Cat sailing.”

Well…fast forward a few years… and not only is there a Hobie® Wave competition for kids, called the Americas Cup Endeavour program, https://www.americascup.com/en/endeavour.html but both the official Americas Cup defender and challenger are skippered by former Hobie sailors and Aussies to boot…. Jimmy Spithill and Glenn Ashby (pictured sailing the Wildcat)

We can’t help thinking that the Kiwis, who happen to have won every race of the Cup final series so far, took a leaf out of Hobie’s MirageDrive® book after discovering that leg power beats arm power. With their pedal powered hydraulic system rather than the traditional grinder pedestal powered system, they seem to have better control of their foil and wing systems.

Back to the future

Vice President of Hobie® design and Engineering, Greg Ketterman created the Hobie Tri-Foiler (pictured above) back in the 90’s. It was a revolutionary sailboat which rode on foils that automatically adjusted ride height and pitch/roll. It easily reached speeds of over 30 knots with a minimum of effort. It wouldn’t win the Americas Cup, but some of the principles are in use by the current contestants.

GO HOBIE!!!

Mal and Trish Gray

Hobie enthusiasts since 1981

Hobie Dealers since 1991

Enjoying your Hobie Products in Winter

Winter should not stop you enjoying your water sports. In fact some of the best  boating conditions are experienced in winter. The winds are generally lighter, the seas and water ways flatter. But the most important rule about sailing or kayaking at this time of the year is to stay dry and stay warm. It might look sunny out there but a splash of water on you and then the wind chill factor reduces your core body temperature in no time at all and you want to go home. Or worse, the other person wants to go home because they didn’t invest in the right gear. The right protective clothing can be just as valuable than a good PFD, if not more because you will actually enjoy it benefits all year round rather than having to wait till your swimming and need the bouncy of the PFD.

To enjoy these conditions means wearing the right gear, and that gear has proven to be a combination of a light water proof layer of clothing that can be warn all year round and then the addition of thermal clothing underneath at this time of the year. The Kokatat Tempest Jacket combined with the matching socked pants keep you dry. They have been used now for many years by our members with no real wear or leaks. The Gill range was recommended to be warn underneath during the colder months, the combination of which keeps you both dry and warm and out there for longer having fun.

An added safety feature of the Gill Hydrophone is that they do not absorb much water, a very important point if you ever fall in, thicker pants like tracksuits absorb water and decrease your ability to stay on the surface with ease.. Thin Thermal products do not absorb so much water which does not decrease your buoyancy. 

As for quality, don’t settle for second best either, you pay for what you get with any good quality product and after 3 years of year round use, my Kotatat’s do not leak and still seal around the neck and wrists.  Kokatat are one of the world leaders in kayak clothing technology and whilst others try to copy them, I have never seen them match the durability found in the Kokatat range. The Tempest Jacket feels tight around the wrists when you first purchase them but after a short time they will fit snuggly. Don’t forget your feet either, they get very cold at this time of the year and a good wetsuit type boot or shoe is ideal for kayaking or sailing. Add socks under neath your water proof pants and your as warm as can be. 

This article was written by Alistair Kelsall, I have been using these products for 3 years now without ever having one issue with them. We often turn up to Wivenhoe Dam at 6.00 am in the middle of winter to take advantage of the Westerlies that come though here. Believe me it is cold, and I mean very cold but in the gear that I have discussed here, we are warm and dry and can have fun in the cold. It is the only brand we recommend to the Island Club sailors and it was our need for such a product range that lead Sunstate Hobie to carry this line of clothing. 

View the range here…

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Flashback Friday! This was found by Trish in the archives…The very first of the Hobie Fishing competitions – The Bass Bash– hosted by Sunstate Hobie in 2004 on Lake Macdonald.

Have you taken any action shots or some picturesque shots of your Hobie? We have recently setup a gallery for all of our customers to contribute their favourite moments captured out on the water whilst using their Hobie. Simply go to Sunstate Hobinators and upload your best Hobie moment.

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To subscribe please visit our website at www.sunstatehobie.com.au and click ‘Subscribe to our newsletter’.

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Hobie® Fleece-lined Beanies

Keep warm this winter with a Hobie fleece-lined beanie! Perfect for those cooler mornings on the water, and fashionable enough to wear around town. Available in two colours; black or grey and come as a one size fits all design.

Priced at $39.95

We have a limited number of 2017 ex-Australian Championship Pro Angler 14 kayaks in stock. If you have ever wanted to have tournament ready kayak without the fuss – these kayaks are ready to go. Used for three (yes, three) days, these boats are fully-rigged with the latest and greatest components to make your fishing experience the best it can be. Fitted with a Lowrance Elite 5 Ti, Powerpole Micro Shallow Water Anchor, Livewell XL and Heavy Duty Cart – no corners have been cut! Add to that the unique Camo colourway and new MirageDrive® 180 – you are set to go. For more details on these kayaks, please give us a call or pop into store.

Queenslander!

No we are not talking about State of Origin! we are talking tournament kayak fishing! With the Port Macquarie round held this past weekend, it was good to see a strong QLD contingent battling it out for the win in some challenging conditions. Good bags of fish were weighed and we hope to see that form continue heading into the Gold Coast round to be held at the Broadwater on July 22-23. At last years event, we had 44 anglers fish the round and this year we are hoping to see many of our customers, new and old, out there having some fun! Lets break the 50 anglers mark!! The addition of ‘divisions’ to the tournament structure has meant there’s never been a better time to come and try tournament fishing out. 

We will be hosting the round so there will be familiar faces around, make sure to come by and say hello! For any further information, feel free to call or drop into either store or go online to http://www.hobiefishing.com.au/bream/

Photo courtesy of Hobie® Fishing Australasia

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A nice Longtail Tuna caught by Paul off his Revolution 13.

Have you taken any action shots or some picturesque shots of your Hobie? We have recently setup a gallery for all of our customers to contribute their favourite moments captured out on the water whilst using their Hobie. Simply go to Sunstate Hobinators and upload your best Hobie moment.

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