Sometimes You Gotta Do What You Gotta Do

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Sometimes You Gotta Do What You Gotta Do

Post by islandspeed2001 » Wed Oct 21, 2015 8:27 pm

As most of you know, I have been an avid Hobie fan for years. This in my opinion is one of the finest fishing kayaks made today. It is quality construction with a manufacture that stands behind their product. I have enjoyed both my Outback and my Pro Angler 12.

You reach a point in your life where you begin to look for things to make life easier :D While I can still do a 6-8 mile trip, I sometimes question why I decided to bite off so much :scratch:

Three years ago Keastman & I had the opportunity to look at a product that was just being introduced. We both fell in love with the boat and it headed to the top of our wish list. At that time there were a couple of things which held me back from going ahead and purchasing one. Recently I had the opportunity to fish from this boat for couple of days and discovered a whole new world out there:

I could cover the distance, fish and return in 2 hours from my normal 6 hour trip

As I already had a trailer, the weight issue (for me) had gone away

I could still paddle and pole

This was even more stable than the Pro Angler

Plus, this is one cool looking ride

Introducing the Solo Skiff :cheers:

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A look at the deck layout. Simple, clean and sleek

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Rigging the Solo requires that you keep the clean lines already built into the vessel. Very few add-on's were added as there was plenty of storage under the seat area and the upfront built-in cooler can also be used as a storage compartment or livewell. All mounting was done with YakAttack gear trac. As you will note in the pictures below, I added a 12" track to each side of the seat area. With the gear track, I have many options of what I want to add for the day of fishing (rod holders, paddle holders, etc.) You will also see that I added the Hobie rubber mesh side pockets.

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I did add a Hobie hatch to the front. This is going to be used as a battery holder for the Fishfinder/gps when I figure out what I want.

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While I can still paddle and pole, here is the biggest deciding factor on getting to my spots quickly

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Re: Sometimes You Gotta Do What You Gotta Do

Post by islandspeed2001 » Wed Oct 21, 2015 8:39 pm

I purchased a new trailer similar to the one I had for the Pro Angler. This Magic Tilt trailer ended up being the perfect trailer for the Solo. It was a perfect fit for the new boat :salute: Took me about 30 min's to adjust the bumpers for that perfect fit.

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You won't believe how thick this roto mold boat is! While the boat only weighs 140 lbs, look at the thickness of the poly :roll:

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So far, the handling of the Solo Skiff is excellent. It tracks extremely well paddling or when poled. I had one back in the flood grass flats and was surprised with how it handled. Stability is better than what you find on the Pro Angler. I was actually able to walk around the Solo without fear of falling.

The motor will hit a top speed of 15 mph which is plenty fast for me. At my age there is no need to be in a hurry ;) The built in gas tank on the motor will hold a quart of gas which will give you a full throttle range of 5 miles. While I doubt I will ever go through a tank of gas, I will be carrying a small container of gas if needed.

If you would like to look at one of these in person, SZ is the retail dealer for Solo Skiff.
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Re: Sometimes You Gotta Do What You Gotta Do

Post by RLend » Wed Oct 21, 2015 8:48 pm

Congrats on a clean and sleek new fish catching machine. Looks great!
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Re: Sometimes You Gotta Do What You Gotta Do

Post by chaoshere » Wed Oct 21, 2015 8:57 pm

Congrats on the new ride. ....looks cool.

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Post by Kudzu » Wed Oct 21, 2015 8:58 pm

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Re: Sometimes You Gotta Do What You Gotta Do

Post by SuaSponte » Wed Oct 21, 2015 9:44 pm

Grats Jerry, it looks great. Glad you decided to move along ;)
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Re: Sometimes You Gotta Do What You Gotta Do

Post by SuaSponte » Wed Oct 21, 2015 9:45 pm

Btw if we go out sometime you gonna put a tow rope on there :D
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Re: Sometimes You Gotta Do What You Gotta Do

Post by islandspeed2001 » Wed Oct 21, 2015 9:57 pm

SuaSponte wrote:Btw if we go out sometime you gonna put a tow rope on there :D
You don't need a tow rope with that PA
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Re: Sometimes You Gotta Do What You Gotta Do

Post by SuaSponte » Wed Oct 21, 2015 11:35 pm

islandspeed2001 wrote:
SuaSponte wrote:Btw if we go out sometime you gonna put a tow rope on there :D
You don't need a tow rope with that PA
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Just give me a heads up so I can pedal ahead of you :lol:
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Re: Sometimes You Gotta Do What You Gotta Do

Post by DaveInYak » Thu Oct 22, 2015 12:26 am

That's one sweet looking ride Island!

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Re: Sometimes You Gotta Do What You Gotta Do

Post by keastman » Thu Oct 22, 2015 1:08 am

Jerry, that sure is a purdy boat. I like keeping it simple. Ya going to get a push pole or just use a stand up paddle?

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Re: Sometimes You Gotta Do What You Gotta Do

Post by EIGHTWGT » Thu Oct 22, 2015 5:46 am

Looking good !! :D :D
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Re: Sometimes You Gotta Do What You Gotta Do

Post by islandspeed2001 » Thu Oct 22, 2015 6:57 am

keastman wrote:Jerry, that sure is a purdy boat. I like keeping it simple. Ya going to get a push pole or just use a stand up paddle?
Stand Up Paddle works or I can use the 8 ft pole off the Micro when I get it installed.
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Re: Sometimes You Gotta Do What You Gotta Do

Post by NCF12 » Thu Oct 22, 2015 8:26 am

Congratulations very nice! Classy and "cool" looking. Enjoy and be safe.

Curious to ask...

What h.p. is your outboard? What range of h.p. can be (safely) used on a SoloSkiff?
Compared to a fishing kayak how will the SoloSkiff's hull stand up to oysters, rocks, etc.?
How much chop (light, moderate, etc.) can this SoloSkiff handle?
Can more than 1 person fish from this SoloSkiff?
Can you launch from a typical kayak launch or do you need a more conventional boat ramp?
Before buying this SoloSkiff did you consider a Gheenoe (what I've been considering)? If so, what helped you decide on a SoloSkiff?

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Re: Sometimes You Gotta Do What You Gotta Do

Post by Redbeard » Thu Oct 22, 2015 8:27 am

How well does it paddle? Just thinking if it could be used as a paddle craft for tournaments like the Jax Classic. I am starting to think it would be nice to spend more time fishing and less time paddling! Like you said, you do reach that point in life where you think about things like that!

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