3.22.2016

Square Hatch Install on the 2016 Hobie Outback

I've finally figured out how I want to set up my 2016 Hobie Outback!

Last year, I fished exclusively out of the 2015 Hobie Pro Angler 14 and while I absolutely loved that kayak, there were many times that I missed the speedier and lighter Outback. When it came time to pick my Hobie Fishing Team boat this year, I made the choice to get what I had missed.

The challenge came in rigging. Rather than just jumping in and throwing a ton of stuff on there, I took a bit of time to figure out exactly what was going to work best for me. With the Pro Angler, rigging was easy as could be thanks to the H-Rail system that comes on them. I could easily swap, add, remove, and move any of my Railblaza rod holders, camera mounts, visibility kits, and electronics with a simple flip of a lever.

On top of that, the Pro Angler has a large, water tight, square hatch on the deck that holds a couple of tackle bins. I use these for terminal tackle and little tools that I use almost every time I am out. The Outback on the other hand comes with a round hatch and while it does have a little drop in tray, the amount of space I had for this stuff was greatly reduced.

I was definitely going to miss that versatility of the H-Rails and that extra room in the hatch!!

Then it hit me...

Why miss it when I could simply replicate it?!

So that's what I set out to do and I started off by calling my local sponsoring Hobie Dealer, Quest Watersports, and ordered some parts including a square (rectangle) hatch with the tackle management system and two lengths of H-Rail bars and mounts.

The first part to go on was the square hatch and I thought I'd do a little video of that install incase anyone else wanted to do the same thing to their Hobie Outback!

The video is a bit shaky and grainy as I had to record everything with my phone thanks to some cameras not working (still not sure what's going on there). The entire project took me about 30 minutes and I did a lot of it with one hand while the other hand help the camera/phone. With two hands, the install should be a breeze!!



Here are a couple of pictures of the kayak all set up! I'll be working on another video showing how to install the H Rails on the Outback soon!!




I will also be adding two different anchors on this kayak - the Anchor Wizard and the Power Pole Micro Anchor with the help of some new gear tracks from Lucid Fishing called the On Track System. 

11 comments:

  1. Great mod adding the square hatch. I never really understood those small circular hatches. Not really enough space for anything, fishing-wise.

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    1. I'm with you! I think because so many kayaks aren't necessarily aimed at kayak fishing specifically, the round one is the more universal option. Luckily, with a bit of know how, you can pretty much add anything you want to these yaks!

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  2. Really cool looking kayak, love the mods.

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  3. That's really cool! Makes me really want to go out in our 12" of new snow and try it out.

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    1. Hmmm - well there is a runner on the back so it might be kind of fun sledding down the side of a snow covered mountain?!

      P.S. If it makes you feel any better, I don't think that we even received 12" all year!

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  4. One awesome fishing machine---thanks for sharing

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  5. What Length H-rail did you get for this mod? the one for the PA 12 or PA 14? Did you have to cut it down to fit?

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    1. I would like to know this also
      Great mod I want to install this
      Thanks

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  6. What size rails are those pro angler 12? no modification needed?

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