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Hobie Unveils 360-Degree Rotating Pedal Drive

Tags: boat boats tech
DATE POSTED:January 13, 2020
The Mirage Pro Angler 14 with the new MirageDrive 360 pedal-drive tech.
The Mirage Pro Angler 14 with the new MirageDrive 360 pedal-drive tech. (Courtesy Hobie/)

Hobie has unveiled its MirageDrive 360, a 360-degree rotating pedal drive for kayak fishing boats.

The MirageDrive lets anglers to maneuver a 2020 Mirage Pro Angler 360 12 or 14 fishing kayak in every direction—backwards, forward, sideways, diagonally—or spin the kayak on its own axis.

Also new are Kick-Up Fins, which automatically retract upon impact. The idea is to let anglers go into shallower waters without having to worry about damage to the drive system’s underbelly.

A close-up look at Hobie's MirageDrive 360 pedal system.
A close-up look at Hobie's MirageDrive 360 pedal system. (Courtesy Hobie/)

“The MirageDrive 360 completely changes how you engage with your boat and the environment,” Philip Dow, lead design engineer for Hobie, stated in a press release. “For example, if you’re fishing along a shoreline or highly contoured underwater structure, you can follow those nuances exactly with boat placement. Similarly, with the Kick-Up Fins, shallow and structure-filled waters become far more manageable. Hobie’s MirageDrive 360 completely redefines boat control.”

Can the MirageDrive 360 do what a trolling motor can do? According to Hobie, yes. It can hold a kayak in an exact location and direction against wind or current.

For more information, visit: hobie.com

Tags: boat boats tech