Are Hobie Cats hard to sail?

There have been over 135,000 of these boats produced since 1969 and they are the second largest boat fleet in existence. The H16 is simple to rig (especially on a beach) and pretty easy to sail, although capsizing is par for the course and regarded by some as fun.

Can you sail a Hobie Cat solo?

The 16 gets a little unmanageable solo in much above that. Also, my usual way to depower the 16 is to sail it sans jib, when the wind’s up there tend to be waves, and it gets really hard to tack with no jib and waves!…Solo H16 Sailing.

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samcc99us Post subject: Solo H16 Sailing Posted: Fri Jul 16, 2004 12:08 am

Can you leave a Hobie Cat in the water?

Not a good idea to leave in the water. The gelcoat will absorb water and pit / crack. The rig slaps around and every moving part gets jostled and worn rapidly.

How fast can a Hobie Cat sailboat go?

How fast can a Hobie cat go? The design of the Hobie Cat 16 allows it to reach maximum speed approaching 24 knots. This speed is equivalent to 28 miles per hour. Hobie catamarans have been used extensively in world championship competitive racing.

How much wind do you need to sail a Hobie Cat?

In my experience, there is a minimum “ideal” wind level for the boat too that is probably around 4-5 knots. Below 4-5 knots, you start having problems with the battens in both sails.

Is a Hobie Cat good for beginners?

People have learned basic sailing on Hobies, but really, the aren’t ideal. They are much less forgiving than smaller monohulls.

Is a Hobie 16 hard to sail?

Are Hobie Cats easy or hard to sail? Compared to most other boats of their sizes, Hobie Cats are remarkably easy to sail and are highly suggested for new boaters that want to dip their toes in the water.

How much wind do you need to sail a Hobie 16?

Post subject: Re: How much wind is ideal? ASDASC – Sailing a Hobie 16, solo, in 12 – 15 mph wind is okay for some, but not for all. I believe it has a lot to do with the person’s weight and level of experience.

Can you moor a Hobie Cat?

Mooring a Hobie is not recommended as it will cause deterioration and discoloration of the hull. If, however, it has to be moored for a short time the main thing to remember is make sure everything is snug and secure. Obviously the first thing to do is tie the boat securely to the mooring.

Which Hobie Cat is the fastest?

the Fox
With a D-PN of 60.4, the Fox is the fastest of the Hobie family.

Are catamarans easier to sail?

Catamarans however, because of their extra stability and room, allow for much easier movement around the boat as they do not heel. For this reason catamarans are often considered “easier” to sail.

Does Hobie Cat still make catamarans?

The Hobie 16 is easily the most iconic catamaran ever designed. It’s still built to this day by Hobie Cat in Oceanside, California.