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Re: So I bought a Hobie Eclipse Mirage...
« Reply #45 on: April 30, 2017, 02:41:19 PM »
Absolutely goofy fun. Great workout too. I'll keep you posted on the downwinding, I'm certainly going to try it.
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Re: So I bought a Hobie Eclipse Mirage...
« Reply #46 on: April 15, 2019, 02:43:30 PM »
Hi PB - you ever get that Eclipse DW session in?  Very curious.
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Re: So I bought a Hobie Eclipse Mirage...
« Reply #47 on: April 15, 2019, 09:27:42 PM »
Yup, it was hard, but it was fun. I'd do it again. You can catch any bump with a mirage drive, even ones you missed. Just chase them down. It constantly wants to round up, but if you're quick on the rudder and bang the drive fins flat on the bottom of the board it controls somewhat OK.
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Re: So I bought a Hobie Eclipse Mirage...
« Reply #48 on: April 17, 2019, 05:55:06 PM »
It's occurred to me that the mirage drive would make great propulsion for a R2AK vessel. If they could be mounted on the transom of a monohull, or somehow on a multihull, that would be awesome. If they could stay immersed. I have no idea regarding the relative efficiency merits of one human powered drive vs another, but on the R2AK it seems that paddle and oar driven craft are in it for the adventure, but the winners are sailboats with pedal-driven-propeller auxiliary power. Last year it was so light that the pedallers/paddlers/rowers had a say in the outcome. But the dual-pedal driven sailboat won.

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Re: So I bought a Hobie Eclipse Mirage...
« Reply #49 on: Today at 12:59:03 AM »
Just off the top of my head I'd think the Mirage drive would be ideal. With the pedals together the flippers are straight down and act as a fairly efficient centerboard. With the pedals away from each other the flippers are flat against the hull. And of course they can be pulled out easily and even replaced by either a plug or a better centerboard. The locking mechanism is stout. I don't know if Hobie would sell them individually, but they might get behind a serious effort. R2AK looks like a blast.
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