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Hobie Outback Question #14044280 06/27/21 12:59 AM
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Is there enough room on the bow to mount a trolling motor up there? maybe with one of the quick release plates? interested in a 2020 outback but really want a bow mounted trolling motor. I was leaning toward the PA because of this, but found a decent deal on an outback so was wondering.


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Re: Hobie Outback Question [Re: AvidOutdoors7] #14044310 06/27/21 01:35 AM
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In my opinion, no. However, you can modify Water Snake trolling motor and mount it through the cassette plug... There are a lot of YouTube instructional videos on how to do this.

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Yeah, I've seen. bunch of YouTube videos with the ones that go through the cassette plug and transom mounted, Im just really looking for a bow mount option. I saw one picture online on google images of a guy who did it but wasn't sure how, and that's the only one I've seen which makes me think its either super hard, or not possible lol. Thanks for the input! if there's not a good bow mount option ill stick to looking for a PA


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Re: Hobie Outback Question [Re: CCTX] #14044994 06/28/21 12:05 AM
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Ah! That looks like quite a bit of work, but doable if I had to. I hate that there are no mounts for one like there are for the PA with the oneobjective mounts.


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Re: Hobie Outback Question [Re: AvidOutdoors7] #14045945 06/28/21 11:33 PM
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The 2020 Outback doesn't perform well with a bunch of weight on the bow. The older models do but not the newer models. I used to put a fish bag on the bow with 10 lbs of ice and a couple frozen ice blocks. After a limit of reds it was clear that was too much weight. If this is the route you want to go I'd recommend a PA14 no question


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Thanks Jerry! Good to know the outbacks can't handle the weight! definitely looks like the PA should be what I'm looking for


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Re: Hobie Outback Question [Re: AvidOutdoors7] #14046313 06/29/21 12:35 PM
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Originally Posted by AvidOutdoors7
Is there enough room on the bow to mount a trolling motor up there? maybe with one of the quick release plates? interested in a 2020 outback but really want a bow mounted trolling motor. I was leaning toward the PA because of this, but found a decent deal on an outback so was wondering.


I'm switching to a PA14 from my 2020 Outback for this exact reason. I want spotlock and run LiveScope also.

Re: Hobie Outback Question [Re: iluvfishin] #14047184 06/29/21 11:39 PM
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Same thing I'm wanting! Do y'all think PA 12 or 14 would be suitable, or stick with the 14?


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Re: Hobie Outback Question [Re: AvidOutdoors7] #14047637 06/30/21 12:35 PM
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Originally Posted by AvidOutdoors7
Same thing I'm wanting! Do y'all think PA 12 or 14 would be suitable, or stick with the 14?

The PA14 all the way.

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Gotcha! Thank y'all!


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Yes 14. It's actually a little faster than the Outback at least before you put a TM on the bow lol. I would plan on getting a trailer too. Lugging around a PA14 either on a cart or with Boonedox with a TM on the front will be heavy. You could take it off to move it but a trailer would help prevent that.


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Re: Hobie Outback Question [Re: AvidOutdoors7] #14050660 07/02/21 11:50 PM
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Ive got one more question lol! Im a fairly young/fit guy so I'm not terribly worried about moving it around quite yet, I was however planning on getting the bonnedox, until I saw the max weight capacity for it being 180lbs. Ill end up having quite a bit of weight on the yak.. Troll motor, troll motor battery, another battery for electronics (all lithium to save weight), plus my actual gear. I feel like the PA14 would be right there pushing the weight limit, and the 12 may be safer simply for that reason? I plan on getting the beach wheels for it to help with all the little bumps on the ramp not jolting the plastic as much.

also, Ive been seeing PA14's for sale with the old style boonedox with no cracking yet. If I were to get one of those would it be possible to upgrade the backing plate to the newer 9" version?


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Originally Posted by AvidOutdoors7
Ive got one more question lol! Im a fairly young/fit guy so I'm not terribly worried about moving it around quite yet, I was however planning on getting the bonnedox, until I saw the max weight capacity for it being 180lbs. Ill end up having quite a bit of weight on the yak.. Troll motor, troll motor battery, another battery for electronics (all lithium to save weight), plus my actual gear. I feel like the PA14 would be right there pushing the weight limit, and the 12 may be safer simply for that reason? I plan on getting the beach wheels for it to help with all the little bumps on the ramp not jolting the plastic as much.

also, Ive been seeing PA14's for sale with the old style boonedox with no cracking yet. If I were to get one of those would it be possible to upgrade the backing plate to the newer 9" version?


I installed the old-style Boonedox on my 2017 PA and it had a large backing plate. At the time, the larger backing plate was only recommended for camo PA's (I think)...so it's possible that you find one with the smaller plate.

If you purchase an older PA with a small backing plate, im sure you can still order a large backplate from Boonedox (or Mariner Sails) and install it without drilling new holes in the kayak.

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OP - If you end up installing the new Groovy Landing Gear, see below for an alternate wheel stowage option. I prefer this over stowing them as designed.

https://texasfishingforum.com/forum...vy-landing-gear-install-tip#Post13447917

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