In the mid-1960s, Hobie Alter had a vision for a lightweight, inexepensive toy to play with when the wind ruined the waves for surfing. Using the techniques he pioneered in the surfboard industry, he conceived the Hobie 14 – the first true beach catamaran. It wasn’t too long before there were thousands of them, and the World Hobie Class Association was formed to help control the chaos.
Rules were drafted to maintain the one-design aspect of the boats, which makes competition a test of sailing skill and not the thickness of one’s wallet. “The Hobie Way of Life” summarizes how Hobie sailors and their families feel about a sailboat that gives them an irresistible sense of freedom, camaraderie, excitement and fun. Hobie Catting means instant friendships wherever Hobie sailors meet with other Hobie sailors. Participating in a fleet picnic, points regatta or overnight flotilla puts you with people who have the same fun-loving interests.