Sailboat Manufacturer: Hobie Cat Company

The Hobie Cat is a double-hulled sailboat constructed by the Hobie Cat Company. Initially, Hobie did not start with boats. Hobie was a surfboard seller, but when the boat building business gained ground, Hobie brought in other lines of products such as kayaks, surfboards, pedalboards, and stand-up paddle boats. Even with all of this side-business, the Hobie cat company is still known worldwide for its manufacturing of catamarans. 


Hobart alters, the founder of the company, started as a manufacturer of surfboards in 1950. But in 1961, during a boat show, Alter happened to set up his booth beside Art Javes. Javes was the manufacturer and designer of the AQUA CAT 12 sailboat which did well at the boat show that year. 

After the boat show, Alter met with Javes and told him he was inspired and wished to enter the catamaran market, but he needed help. After this meeting, Alter set to work and in 1965, Alter built his first boat, the Hobie Cat. The Hobie Cat had almost the exact same features as the Aqua Cat, but it was heavier, and the hulls were shaped in an asymmetric way that did not have to depend on daggerboards. This design proved to be better than the Pacific Cat or the Aqua Cat and 6 years later, Hobie Cat Company went from just producing surfboards to being the largest maker, of small-sized catamarans in the world. 

In 1967, the Hobie Cat Company designed a new boat, the Hobie 14 Catamaran; it was a boat that was specifically built so that she would be easily launched into the sea. Two years later, Alter designed another catamaran, the Hobie 16. This catamaran became the most popular catamaran in the world. Over 135,000 Hobie 16 catamarans are still sailing around the world today. 

Hobie Cat Models

The Hobie Dragon

Hobie Cat designed the Hobie dragon as a trainer for racing, and for the youth. Its features and system were designed for youngsters whose age fell between 12 to 14. The twin trapeze and spinnaker options were put in place to enhance the performance of young sailors. This catamaran towered as high as 12ft, beam 7ft 1, and length of the mast is 21 ft, the weight of the boat is 230lb. It’s just the perfect ride for teenagers who like adventures or race.

Hobie 10

This project was discontinued. It was initially designed as a response to the laser dinghy.

Hobie 14

This Hobie Cat sailboat was the initial design made by Alter himself. The general shape, body, and system of the catamaran are somewhat the same as the Hobie 16; these two catamarans share almost equal body parts. The Hobie 14 is mostly known for its hull that is bent in a banana kind of bend and its mast that leans forward. The catamaran is sensitive to weight placement due to the oddly shaped hull of the boat and the forwardness of the mast.

Hobie 16

The Hobie 16 is considered the most popular Hobie Cat sailboat there is. This particular catamaran serves as a racing and a recreational sailboat. The catamaran is 16ft 7 in length and 7ft wide, she has a body mast of 26 f 6 in height, funny enough it only weighs little as 320 pounds compared to its features. Unlike other catamarans that rely on centerboards, the Hobie 16 has hulls that will act as foils to keep her from crabbing or slipping away when the wind pushes it.


The FX-One is an imported catamaran from one of the branches of the company in France. It is the successor of the Hobie 17. It was initially designed to serve as a single-handled racing and a two-person crew sailboat. In both designs, the catamarans pass for IHCA racing class, and likewise, for the two-person sailing, it passes for the class 104 multihull class too. The FX-One is 17 feet long and 8 feet and 4 inches wide.

Hobie Pacific

The Hobie Pacific is modeled after the Hobie Tiger, but it features skegs instead of the usual daggerboards. It has a much smaller rig and has no broom at all. The design of the catamaran makes it easier to handle than the previous model, Hobie 18. This Hobie Cat sailboat is suitable for sailing schools and learners. Its sail area is about 211 sq ft, and the optional spinnaker is 200 sq. ft.