Class History

This 1979 Hobie Alter catamaran was the first to bring high-performance sailing to the masses. The “Cat that Can Fly” is priced right, easy to rig and sail, and can be launched from any beach—no yacht club required. Max offwind speed has been certified at 24 knots (28 mph), giving crew harnessed in shoulder-to-shoulder trapezes the ride of their lives. With more than 135,000 built, this iconic little cat is the most popular in the world and continues to lure sailors into the “work hard, play hard” spirit of the Hobie way of life. hobie16-sailplan.gif

Boat Specifications

Length: 16 ft 7 in (5 m)
Beam: 7 ft 11 in (2.1 m)
Mast: 26 ft 6 in (8 m)
Sail Area: 218 sq. ft (20.25 sq. m)
Weight: 320 lb (145 kg)

Hobie 16


Flying Scot

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The class-legal 6:1 downhaul features 29 mm Carbo triples for a powerful system with short stack heights that allow more room for sail adjustment.

Aussie Jib Halyard

This 4:1 system significantly reduces compression load at the mastbase for easier tacking, mast rotation, and consistent mast bend.

Carbo Ratchamatic® Mainsheet

2629Lightweight, low profile, and very strong, 57 mm Carbo® Air® blocks have an enormous working range and despite their lighter weight, a higher working load than standard blocks. These load-sensing blocks seamlessly engage the ratchet as loads increase, but unloaded roll freely during mark roundings and gybes. Ratchet engagement adjusts to a higher or lower load depending on strength and style. Holding power is as high as 10:1.

40 mm Block - Swivel' Becket40 mm Fiddle Block - Swivel57 mm Triple Ratchamatic® Block - Swivel' Cam Cleat40 mm Triple Block - Swivel29 mm Cheek BlockStandard Carbo-Cam® Kit - X-Treme Angle FairleadMicro Cam Base - Swivel' 16 mm Sheaves29 mm Triple Block - Becket' Cam Cleat29 mm Triple Block - SwivelStandard Cam-Matic® Cleat - 15022 mm Cheek Block
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