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Hobie Cat 16

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The Hobie Cat 16 is probably one of the sports catamarans the most popular and the most widespread ... more than 130,000 are sailing worldwide. Evolution of the Hobie Cat 14, she became longer and larger but keeps hulls asymmetrical and shaped like banana. This form allows her to avoid centerboard and was designed to pass the California rolls.

Initially designed like pleasure boat, the Hobie Cat 16 became one-design, though she keeps her fun temperament, with its large sail area, she does not like to have course too close to wind direction but as soon as you bear away she goes really fast but instable..

See the Hobie Cat 16's specifications on

Main Features

ShipyardHobie Cat
ModelHobie Cat 16
Sailboat typeBeach catamaran
DesignerHobbart (Hobie) Alter
Building years (first/last)1969 / Still in production
Number built135000 (2013)
CE regulationC-3
ConstructionSandwich foam/fiberglass/polyester
Appendage typeHulls
Rudder bladeDouble transom hung rudders
RudderSingle tiller
Main dimensions
Hull length16.6 ft
Waterline length15.2 ft
Beam over all8.0 ft
Draft (max./min.)2.0 / 0.9 ft
Mast length26.0 ft
Light displacement320 lbs

Rig and sails

Rig typeFractional Sloop with rotating mast
MastFore beam stepped mast
Rig materialMast and boom in Aluminum
Standing rigging material1x19 strand wire
Number of rows of spreaderNo spreader
Spinnaker typeAssymmetrical spinnaker on bowsprit
Upwind sailarea203 ft²
Downwind sailarea310 ft²
Mainsail area148 ft²
Jib area55 ft²
Spinnaker area161 ft²

PMainsail hoist measurement (from tack to head)

24.4 ft

IFore triangle height (from mast foot to fore stay attachement)

14.8 ft


Upwind sailarea / displacement1402.3 ft²/Ton
Downwind sailarea / displacement2135.7 ft²/Ton
Trapezes2 set(s)

SCHRSSmall Catamaran Handicap Rating System: rating introduced by ISAF in 1992 to allow to different catamarans to race together.

rating (2013)

Portsmouth-YardstickPortsmouth Yardstick is an empirical system of handicapping used for small sailboat (dinghies included).


Auxiliary engine

BrandNo engine

Based on specification2013

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