Hobie Cat
Hobie Cat 17

Inspired by the Class A, the Hobie Cat 17 is a catamaran made for solitary sailing. She is both simple and effective: rigged as Cat Boat, the main sail has a high aspect ratio and large surface, which results in excellent speed and tack angle. Underwater the hulls are equipped with centerboards instead of dagger-boards, which are more difficult to handle.

Hobie Cat 17 can be equipped with several different modifications: a spinnaker kit, a jib, wings... however, it's good to bear in mind that even though it's possible to sail Hobie Cat 17 twosome, the hulls are optimized for light weights.

See the Hobie Cat 17's specifications on

Main Features

ShipyardHobie Cat
ModelHobie Cat 17
Sailboat typeBeach catamaran
DesignerHobie Cat
John Wake
Building years1985
SuccessorHobie Cat FX One
CE regulationC-3
ConstructionSandwich foam/fiberglass/polyester
Appendage typeCenterboards
Rudder bladeDouble transom hung rudders
RudderSingle tiller
Main dimensions
Hull length17.0 ft
Waterline length16.7 ft
Beam over all8.0 ft
Mast length27.7 ft
Light displacement340 lbs

Rig and sails

Rig typeCat Boat 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 sailarea168 ft²
Downwind sailarea368 ft²
Mainsail area168 ft²
Spinnaker area200 ft²

PMainsail hoist measurement (from tack to head)

26.2 ft


Upwind sailarea / displacement1090.4 ft²/Ton
Downwind sailarea / displacement2389.0 ft²/Ton
Trapezes1 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 specification2000

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