Hobie Cat
Hobie Cat Wild Cat

As a successor to Tiger, Hobie Cat had the ambition to create a champion. Advised by regatta sailors, sail-makers and designer Martin Fisher, Hobie Cat Europe proposes a radical and revolutionary sailboat. This is the first Formula 18 which adopts wave-piercing bows, but beyond that everything are performance oriented, high aspect ratio appendages, wing mast and details like spray-rail that serve as stiffener.

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Main Features

ShipyardHobie Cat
ModelHobie Cat Wild Cat
Sailboat typeBeach catamaran
ClassFormula 18
DesignerHobie Cat Europe
Martin Fisher
Building years (first/last)2009 / Still in production
PredecessorHobie Cat Tiger
CE regulationC-3
ConstructionSandwich foam/fiberglass/polyester
Appendage typeDaggerboards
Rudder bladeDouble transom hung rudders
RudderSingle tiller
Main dimensions
Length over all20.7 ft
Hull length18.1 ft
Waterline length18.0 ft
Beam over all8.4 ft
Draft (max./min.)5.2 / 0.6 ft
Mast length29.9 ft
Light displacement397 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 spreader1
Spreader anglePushing (diamond)
Spinnaker typeAssymmetrical spinnaker on bowsprit
Upwind sailarea228 ft²
Downwind sailarea409 ft²
Mainsail area183 ft²
Working jib area37 ft²
Jib area45 ft²
Spinnaker area226 ft²

PMainsail hoist measurement (from tack to head)

28.0 ft

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

18.8 ft


Upwind sailarea / displacement1264.8 ft²/Ton
Downwind sailarea / displacement2272.4 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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