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#11044381 - 08/15/15 08:45 PM Pedal kayaks-what are the maintenance needs?
Topwater Dude Offline
Green Horn

Registered: 06/23/10
Posts: 16
Are there annual maintenance requirements?

Other maintenance issues?

#11045284 - 08/16/15 11:52 AM Re: Pedal kayaks-what are the maintenance needs? [Re: Topwater Dude]
Thinwater skinner Offline
Pro Angler

Registered: 04/23/09
Posts: 693
Loc: Stephenville, TX
I can only speak for Hobie yaks. After each trip, in salt, you should wash down the yak and mirage drive. I do not oil the mirage drive each time, but I can tell when a light lub is needed.The rudder lines are almost maintenance free, but on occasion I will adjust and tighten the lines. Only when needed.

Hope this helps. Not much to take care of on the Hobie yaks.

Good Luck and happy yaking.

#11045395 - 08/16/15 01:16 PM Re: Pedal kayaks-what are the maintenance needs? [Re: Topwater Dude]
RealBigReel Online   content
Extreme Angler

Registered: 01/31/06
Posts: 1187
Loc: Stephenville, TX
I have the Mirage drive but not the Hobie kayak. You may need to make sure the mast rods don't get bent running into rocks etc. May have to loosen a fin to bend them back.
I like my fins really tight. Loose fins are good for low speed acceleration but tight fins are better for the long haul
My drive needs oil every trip or it will screech like a banshee.
I have had to tune my up drive with a wrench about once a year. Tighten the cable nuts. Need to make sure that the drive is aligned correctly vertically when the pedals are together and coordinated motion. It is easy to get way out of alignment if you don't watch what you are doing.
My kayak STRIPER. I don't go too fast but I go pretty far.


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