I'm probably using the incorrect terminology, but this weekend, the mirage drive started to have a significant issue. When I peddle, the front fin moves just fine, but, the rear mast + fin does not.
I'm in the process of disassembling the drive.
Other than having to bend the front drive mast a couple of times, I've had no issues with the Mirage drive.
There is a problem with the rear fin/mast assembly somewhere. Here's the video from youtube. I should have made a second video, but, if I hold the teeth of the chain drive on the rear fin drive, I can move the fin mast freely. If I hold the teeth on the front chain drive, I can not move the fin.
My guess--there is a disconnect somewhere between the rear fin mast assembly and the drive axle?
In the video, the rear fin mast is filmed first, and the front fin mast is filmed second. I know the video only shows a subtle difference, but in the water, the rear fin does not move.
Of course, the big Hobie dealer in Dallas is closed today and tomorrow; so I ordered the 180 turbo drive from Austin
I could have just replaced the sprocket and repaired the set screw housing; but, I have the feeling the stump collision set some other issues brewing--might as well suck it up and get the 180 turbo now
I went to Purtis Creek about 3 weeks ago, fished in the standing timber out there, just floating . . . and I'd hit stumps, just out of sight under water, broadside because of a wind that picked up and pushed me into them. Quite unnerving. I wasn't standing but I assume that if I had been, it would have knocked me off balance and out of the kayak.
Always an issue . . . I suppose this will be the big selling feature for the new Jackson with its drive able to lift up and over something like that.