Darn it...I KNEW they were going to do this as soon as I bought a Mariner. I had heard rumors of a shorter PA last year when they introduced the Revo 11. I was torn between the Mariner and the Outback, and the comfy seat + ability to stand got me into the Mariner. Very happy with the Mariner, but had there been a Pro Angler 12 at the time it would have been a much tougher decision.
Looks like a sweet boat all around...only drawback I see is the 98 pounds without seat and drive...I would have expected them to shave maybe another 10 pounds or so off. Even with the price I think you are going to see a lot of these boats hitting the water this summer...Hobie makes a heck of a product and has good marketing. BTW, I don't think there is any way they'll retail this for the same price as the Pro Angler 14...but we'll see.
Wilderness Systems Tarpon 100, Native Watercraft Mariner 12.5