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Hobie Cat
1966-1976
www.hobiecat.com

Before the catamarans, for which he most famous, Hobart Laidlaw (Hobie) Alter built world-class surfboards. A champion surfer himself, Alter began building his own boards in a garage at aged 16. He was soon selling 6,000 boards a year. Starting with balsa-constructed boards, he soon set the industry standard for surfboard design and construction, pioneering and perfecting the use of polyurethane foam a method still in use today. It wasn't long before Hobie had to set up a factory to meet the demand for his boards, ranked among the best boards in the world.

Sale of the surfboard business funded the development of the original Hobie 14 that emerged in 1968.

Hobie 14 started as a beach phenomenon limited to Southern California. But a 1970 feature in 'LIFE' magazine brought the Hobie Cat Company to national awareness and ultimately popularizing sailing for thousands.

Not to be left out of the equation is Alter's genius at promoting his catamarans with a new type of sailing culture. Along with friend and partner Wayne Schafer, his first employee Sandy Banks and business manager Art Hendrickson, Hobie took the new boat across the country, lining up dealers and organizing informal races.
The company began to structure informal races into classes, starting a regatta department. From days spent at surfing and motorcycle meets, Alter remembered the combination of camaraderie and competition. He believed that half the fun of competing is getting together, and knew that if people raced a Hobie theyd enjoy the boat.

Alter also knew that many of his potential customers lived far from yacht and sailing clubs, meaning the company had to organize its own events. But no one envisioned the enormity of the regatta schemes success hotels overflowing, sponsor participation, competitors headed for world championships in far-flung locations. For more than two-thirds of Hobie owners, the catamaran was their first boat and regattas continue to fuel the enthusiasm.

Coast Catamaran went public in 1971. In 1976, only eight years after the first 14-footer was launched, Hobie sold the company to Coleman Industries. Tony Wilson, a 1969 buyer of one of the original Hobie 14s, purchased the Coast Catamaran Division from Coleman in January 1989, changing the name back to its roots of the Hobie Cat Company.

Throughout the Coleman era and into the Tony Wilson period of ownership, Hobie Alter retained his ties and attachment to the company that now bears his name.

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NAME/TYPE       LOA First Built
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HOBIE 14 14.00' / 4.27m 1967
HOBIE 16 16.58' / 5.05m 1969
HOBIE MONOCAT 12 11.75' / 3.58m 1973
HOBIE 3.5 14.00' / 4.27m 1975
HOBIE 18 MAGNUM 18.00' / 5.49m 1976
HOBIE 18 18.00' / 5.49m 1976
HOLDER 20 20.33' / 6.20m 1980
HOBIE 33 33.00' / 10.06m 1982
HOLDER 17 DS 17.00' / 5.18m 1982
HOLDER 17 17.00' / 5.18m 1982
HOLDER 14 13.67' / 4.17m 1983
HOLDER 14 MKII 13.67' / 4.17m 1984
HOLDER 12 12.00' / 3.66m 1984
HOLDER HAWK 9.00' / 2.74m 1984
HOBIE 17 17.00' / 5.18m 1985
HOBIE ONE-14 13.67' / 4.17m 1986
HOBIE ONE-12 12.00' / 3.66m 1987
HOBIE 21 SE 21.25' / 6.48m 1987
405 13.25' / 4.04m 1991
HOBIE MIRACLE 20 19.50' / 5.94m 1991
HOBIE CLUB 15 16.21' / 4.94m 1992
HOBIE TRIFOILER 22.00' / 6.71m 1994
HOBIE WAVE 13.06' / 3.98m 1994
HOBIE TIGER 18 18.08' / 5.51m 1995
HOBIE MAGIC 25 24.50' / 7.47m 1996
HOBIE FOX 20.00' / 6.10m 2000
HOBIE BRAVO 12.00' / 3.66m 2000
HOBIE DRAGOON 12.83' / 3.91m 2001
HOBIE MAX 16.08' / 4.90m 2005
HOBIE FX ONE 17.00' / 5.18m 2005
HOBIE GETAWAY 16.58' / 5.05m 2007
HOBIE WILD CAT F18 18.00' / 5.49m 2008
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