The New Hobie PA17: Kayak, or Boat? – Jerry McBride takes us through a fishing craft that defies classification.

Jerry McBride takes us through a fishing craft that defies classification.

By Jerry McBride

Kayak Fish put Hobie's latest offering through the rigors of windy flats as well as offshore chop and surf. Hobie calls it a boat, and at 230 pounds rigged, it's hard to argue with that description when it comes to the logistics of hauling and storing it. Yet on the water, this boat becomes kayak agile and quiet, while offering the stability and comfort of a skiff without the necessity of a boat ramp. Call it an enigma.

A dozen standard rodholders. Four big deck hatches. Tool-free accessory installation. Multiple options in the placement of the new ball-bearing Mirage drives, rudders and Vantage XT seats provide the versatility to function solo or with a partner.

Look for the complete review of the Hobie Pro Angler 17 Tandem in the new Summer issue of Kayak Fish, on newsstands now.

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