It has been decades since Hobie supplied boats for Nationals events.
The Alter cup was actually an opportunity for manufacturers to showcase their boats. Since the Alter Cup was a one design regatta, it didn’t really matter if the manufacturer’s boat was the fastest in it’s class - everyone was racing the same boats. But since manufacturers are no longer willing to front the cash to build the boats, it has gone to BYOB (generally of older designs). Again, if a manufacturer is concerned that they won’t be able to sell a dozen or so race tuned boats after they’ve been raced for one week (at a discount, mind you), then that really doesn’t speak well for the growth of the sport.
Okay I get it now. The boats in the Alter Cup were all made by a single manufacturer and were in a sense, supposed to be equal. I misunderstood and thought the race was like a test bed for new designs from different manufacturers. My bad.
1984 Hobie 16 Redline Yellow Nationals, "Yellow Fever"
Opelika, Al / Lake Martin
1990 Alter Cup using Prindle 18-2s:
Prindle 18-2 #244 "Wakizashi"
Prindle 16 #3690 "Pegasus" Sold (sigh)
AZ Multihull Fleet 42 member
(Way) Past Commodore of Prindle Fleet 14