Hobie Kayaks

Premium Pedal Drive Kayaks

We are the leading supplier of Hobie MirageDrive Kayaks in the UK & Ireland including the entire range of kayaks and accessories. Browse through the information on our site, if you need any further assistance please don't hesitate to contact us by phone, email or call in and see us.

Hobie Mirage Drive Kayaks

Hobie Passport mirage drive kayak

Hobie Kayaks Passport 10.5

A lightweight and simplified design with all the main features of a mirage drive kayak, yet at a fantastic price. Great for cruising calm waters and a spot of fishing.

Hobie Passport 12 mirage drive kayak

Hobie Kayaks Passport 12

All the benefits of a Mirage Drive kayak in an affordable package... the Passport 12 will take you on your next fishing or exploring adventure without breaking the bank!

Hobie Compass mirage drive kayak

Hobie Kayaks Compass

The Mirage Compass offers a combination of features from the best-selling Revolution and Pro-Angler models in a simple, great value, high performance package.

Hobie Outback 2020 mirage drive kayak

Hobie Kayaks Outback

One of the best fishing kayks out there. Kitted up with the latest features in the kayak fishing world so that you can easily outfit with accessories and tech as you wish. Superb for inshore waters and inland waterways. A top spec fishing kayak powered by Mirage Drive 180.

Hobie Kayaks Revolution

Hobie Kayaks Revolution 13

The Hobie Revolution is the most popular out of the range. Its an all-rounder, a superb balance between speed and stability. Its sleeker design is still stable enough for fishing, touring and exploring.


Hobie Kayaks Revolution 11

Smaller version of the Revolution 13, provides responsive handling while maintaining great stability. Ideal for small to mid-sized kayakers wanting a lightweight and nimble pedal drive kayak for general exploring and fishing.


Hobie Tandem Mirage Drive Kayaks

Hobie Kayaks Compass Duo

Hobie Kayaks Compass Duo

A stable tandem pedal kayak with plenty of deck space for carrying gear or smaller extra passengers! A popular choice for family fun and tandem kayak fishing.

Hobie Kayaks Oasis

Hobie Kayaks Oasis

The Hobie Oasis is long, sleek and fast through the water, and will cover longer distances with ease. The ultimate two person pedal kayak for touring and fishing.


Hobie Pro Angler Series

Hobie Kayaks Pro Angler 12

Hobie Kayaks Pro Angler 12

The Hobie Pro Angler is the ultimate fishing kayak equipped with MD180 with Turbo Kick Up Fins, Guardian Transducer Sheild, Vantage ST Seat, Tackle Organisers, Rod Storage and a whole host of other cool features. This 12ft model is great for calm inshore waters and inland lakes and canals.

Hobie Kayaks Pro Angler 14

Hobie Kayaks Pro Angler 14

The Hobie Pro Angler is the ultimate fishing kayak equipped with MD180 with Turbo Kick Up Fins, Guardian Transducer Sheild, Vantage ST Seat, Tackle Organisers, Rod Storage and a whole host of other cool features. This 14ft model has a huge carrying capacity with loads of deck space. Very popular with freshwater anglers fishing large reservoirs, lakes and lochs.


Hobie Island Kayaks

Hobie Kayaks Tandem Island

Hobie Kayaks Tandem Island

Double the fun. The Hobie Tandem Island is for 2 people. It has a huge 8.4m2 sail to propel you along at quite awesome speeds. You do not have to be a sailor to sail this fantastic kayak / trimaran.


Benefits of the Hobie Mirage Drive

  • The Mirage Drive is simple and easy to use.
  • Your feet rest naturally on the pedals and you pedal effortlessly similar to a bicycle.
  • The larger muscles in our legs produce more powerful propulsion versus arms using a paddle.
  • In addition, correct paddle usage requires training and practice.
  • You also stay drier as pedalling eliminates drips that you get from using a paddle.
  • The Mirage Drive is quiet and creates no splash.
  • The Hobie Mirage Drive leaves your hands free for fishing, photography or holding a drink


The Hobie Mirage Drive propels the boat easily and smoothly, and reaches hull speed with minimal effort. It also generates significant static thrust.


This is what the manufacturer say:

"Even we were surprised at the efficiency of the Mirage Drive. In a test to compare the efficiency of the Mirage Drive, we measured the heart rates of several kayakers at varying speeds in several paddled kayak models. In every case, the heart rate-or effort expended to maintain a particular speed-was three to ten percent less for pedalling versus paddling."

Translation? The Mirage Drive converts the effort of the human body into forward thrust more efficiently than a paddle! Allow us to explain. The Mirage Drive creates less turbulence in water. This becomes apparent when you compare the wake of a Hobie Mirage to the wake of a paddled kayak. With each stroke of the paddle, you'll see two vortices, or whirlpools, on the surface of the water.

These vortices are connected underwater, and there is considerable energy in these rotating masses of water. There are vortices in the wake of the Mirage Drive, but since the Mirage Drive acts on a much larger volume of water, they are much smaller and therefore contain less energy.

To create forward thrust on the water, a boat must move water backward. It can either move a little water quickly, or a lot of water slowly. The key to efficiency is to move a lot of water slowly with the least amount of turbulence. The volume of water that the Mirage Drive acts upon is approximately proportionate to the area that the fins sweep in one cycle, or about 226 square inches.

The volume of water that a paddle acts upon depends on the type of stroke. A basic stroke would act upon a volume of water proportionate to the area of the paddle, or about 90 square inches. This is just a fraction of the area "swept out" by the Mirage Drive, which explains the difference in efficiency.

Why not use a propeller? Human-powered propeller drives are typically smaller and therefore less efficient. We compared the performance of the Mirage Drive to a propeller drive, and found the Mirage Drive to be faster and more efficient. Studies on tuna and penguins show that oscillating foils such as the Mirage Drive are more efficient than propellers. Oscillating foils can make use of vortices that are naturally shed from anything going through the water to offset the vortices that would normally be generated by fins.

This equates to less turbulence in the water. The Mirage Drive fins "feather" into the flow when not pedalling and create very little drag; a propeller creates significant drag when it is not spinning. The back-and-forth motion of the pedals provides a long, smooth stroke. Pedals that go in circles on a boat have a much different feel than pedals on a bike.

On a boat, there are portions of a circular motion that are more difficult, so the cycle is not smooth. The back-and-forth motion allows the pedals to be positioned much lower in the cockpit.

The Mirage Drive allows any length of stroke desired, and performs well with both short and long strokes. The pedals easily adjust to accommodate different size peddlers.

The oscillating motion allows the use of a simple chain and cable system that is unaffected by sand and dirt, without the use of complicated seals.

The fins shed seaweed because they do not make a full rotation. The Mirage Drive fins fold up next to the hull for beaching and in shallow water by simply putting one foot forward.