Hobie Mirage Tandem Island
Back in July, Lakeland Boating art director Christy Tuttle Bauhs and her husband, Mark, rented a brand new Hobie Mirage Tandem Island through Chicago Jet Ski Rentals out of the city’s 31st Harbor and had a blast. Here’s what she had to say about the experience:
“While searching for a fun activity to do after work when the kids were away at summer camp, my husband stumbled across a Groupon that advertised a Hobie Mirage Tandem Island rental through Chicago Jet Ski Rentals. The Groupon deal made it a no brainer, so we scheduled a trip!
"After a short lesson from Chicago Jet Ski owner John Gibbs, we were off and sailing. Neither of us had ever really sailed before, but the sailing kayak was very easy to pilot. Surprisingly, we were pros in about 2 minutes. The sail controls can be operated from either seat, and there were controls for both of us to steer and operate the rudder. The pedals, which use cool Mirage Drive technology, were easy to push — even after 2 hours on the water! We moved pretty fast under pedal-power, even without a breeze.
"This was seriously the perfect introduction to sailing. The sail was a cinch to bring in and out, and when we caught a good breeze, wow… we were flying! The outriggers made me feel safe, even while crossing bigger boat wakes.
"Based on our trip, we’d highly recommend this Hobie experience!”
Photo by Christy Tuttle Bauhs