In my conversations with other owners of Hobie kayaks, I have noticed that we seem obsessed with making modifications. I know I've drilled a lot of holes in mine over the years! Here is one I found in an Australian forum on Hobies. I spent less than $20. and it is one of the best changes I have made.
Roller Furling: Adding roller furling to your mast gives you the ability to roll or unroll your sail around the mast, from where you are sitting in the kayak. Why would you want to do this?
1. When the wind comes up at the end of a fishing day, you can sail home and pedal at the same time. Not only is it easier to get home, it's a lot of fun!
2. If you are sailing and the wind gets too strong, you can reef some of your sail to reduce it's size.
3. What a great way to troll! I plan to take my kayak offshore this summer to troll for bigger fish.
4. When the wind is too strong to fish, go sailing instead!
Here is all you need:
1. A bow knuckle. Usually used for boat biminis, they are available at any boat store. I have an extra one if you want it.
2. 2 stainless washers with 7/8 inch inside diameter.
3. A thrust bearing with 7/8 inch inside diameter. Less than $10.00 at Miller Bearings on Parramore in Orlando.
4. A small diameter piece of line. Ten feet should be long enough.
5. A small cleat.
Slip the bow knuckle on the mast and insert the mast in the mast hole. Tighten the set screw. You will have to grind a small groove underneath the bow knuckle to attach the elastic downhaul on the sail. I used a Dremel tool. Slip one washer under the bow knuckle, then the bearing, and then the second washer. You are almost done! The mast should now spin freely. Use the mainsheet line to unroll the sail from around the mast. Attach a second thin line to the bow knuckle and wrap it in a clockwise direction around the mast. This will be used to roll the sail up. You could run this line between the pedals and back to you. I felt it would be in the way there, so I ran it along the port side of the kayak back to where I sit. Add a small cleat to secure the end of the line near you. You are now done, except for some tweaking to get the system just right for you.
If you want to see this setup, contact me here. Now go fishing!