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What's a Hobie 16?

Updated: Jan 11, 2022

The Hobie 16 revolutionized multihull sailing. The Hobie 16 was unleashed on the Southern California beach scene in 1970 and sailing was instantly transformed. The beach-launched Hobie 16 brought the sport to legions of speed-loving sailors. The catamaran’s lightweight, asymmetrical fiberglass hulls provide lift and its dual-trapeze rig lets you and your crew member harness its sheer power. Now, 45 years and over 100,000 boats later, the Hobie 16 occupies a coveted spot in the Sailboat Hall of Fame and consistently delivers big-grin sailing and world-class racing. Fly a hull and you’ll understand the global obsession!


  • SPECIFICATIONS *

  • Crew: 1-4

  • Length: 16' 7" / 5.04 m

  • Beam: 7' 11" / 2.41 m

  • Capacity: 800 lbs/362 kg (US) / 529 lbs/240 kg (EU)

  • Weight: 320 lbs / 145 kg

  • Draft w/ Rudder Up: 10" / .25 m

  • Mast Length: 26' 6" / 8.07 m

  • Total Sail Area: 218 ft² / 20 m²

  • Hull Construction: Fiberglass/Foam Sandwich

  • Height From Floor to Bow: 23.5" / 59.69 cm

  • Height From Floor to Stern: 24" / 60.96 cm






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