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The Last Hobie 18 from Hobie Cat.

Added by damonAdmin on Apr 06, 2005 - 02:42 PM

Damons Note: Recently a Hobie 18 was listed in our classified ads which claimed to be the "last Hobie 18 to ever leave the Hobie factory". I was intrigued by this claim and contacted the seller to find out how he ended up with such a special catamaran. Here is his story.

In the fall of 2004, I was looking for a new Hobie 14 Turbo. I did not know that Hobie Cat USA had discontinued selling the 14 in the states here some years ago. When I called Hobie Cat to inquire about the 14, I not only learned that the 14 had been discontinued, but was also told that Hobie had just announced the discontinuance of the 18 as well.

Footnote: The 2004 Hobie 18 catamran is located in Phoenix, Arizona.

Stiletto 27 - 25 Years Later

Added by damonAdmin on Apr 10, 2004 - 03:21 PM
Every once in a while we will run an article on the "super sized" beachcats that are out there. These performance oriented catamarans fill a unique niche in our sport. This article first appeared in Yachting Magazine, August, 1979.

THERE ARE, to be honest, few really new production boats, vessels of such original conception that they demand a different yardstick by which to judge them. In recent years, the first Hobie cat and the J-24 are two examples of new concepts that have succeeded, but there are far more failures--hoats with a single, brilliant idea that are lacking elsewhere, boats whose builders have just enough funds to go off half-cocked, boats that are exciting but not quite thrilling enough to cause cautious buyers to break from convention.

And if the person who builds a genuinely different boat faces these odds to begin with, the creator of a new concept in multihulls has an even greater problem making the leap to credibility, just because it's a multihull. Given this state of affairs, the early success of the 27-foot Stiletto is remarkable: Not only is it a boat that breaks ground in several directions at once, but it's a catamaran as well.

Modern Tips for Sailing the Hobie 16 Catamaran

Added by damonAdmin on Feb 05, 2004 - 11:13 PM

First the disclaimer: We’re not the best Hobie 16 sailors in the country but we have won a few events and we were 4th at the 2003 Continentals. The following isn’t the gospel truth just the best we’ve been able to figure out so far.

Crew Weight: The minimum allowable class weight, for adult racing, is 285 lbs combined helm and crew. Most teams try to be right at minimum weight. I think 300 lbs is more ideal over a wide variety of conditions. Liza and I are at minimum but we have trouble when the wind kicks up over 20 knots.

Footnote: Thanks to Bob Merrick for sharing his experience with other beachcat sailors. If anyone else has tips to share be sure and add them to this article as comments.

New Poll -- Catamaran Sailors, do you race?

Added by damonAdmin on Nov 20, 2003 - 04:15 PM
How many beachcat owners race their cats? In this poll I would like to get a measure of what percentage of visitors to TheBeachcats.com race their catamarans. Please vote in the new poll whether you are a racer or not. The poll can be found on the right side of this page, or visit the polling booth to vote.

Performance Sailing Catamarans vs. Monohulls

Added by damonAdmin on Jul 07, 2003 - 07:05 PM
Here we will discuss the main differences between catamaran sailboats and dinghies. I sail and race both, and this, in my humble opinion, is what I consider to be important to know for racing catamarans. Note: This concerns beach cats and non-planing monohulls (keelboats and dinghies). If you're sailing an Aussie-18 or F-40 Cat, I have no idea.

Footnote: Thanks to Chris Jackson for sharing his knowledge.

Build your own A Class catamaran!

Added by damonAdmin on Apr 23, 2003 - 12:26 AM

Ever thought about building your own catamaran? Here's an illustrated guide to one sailors project building a beautiful A-Class catamaran out of plywood. A big thank you to the builder, Chris Williams, for letting me share his work with the rest of the beachcat sailors.

General ...... ?

Added by jcm on Mar 31, 2002 - 12:20 AM
Hey Damon, looks very good. Nice work.

You might consider adding a "General Noise" or "general squawk" or whatever category. For notes like this that don't really fit into the stories category. Or will that start to then get too "chatty"?

Maybe a classifieds section? For members trying to sell off stuff?

Anyway, it looks great.


Yahoo down or at least flaky (03/25/2002)

Added by Lance on Mar 25, 2002 - 03:15 PM

Looks like the Yahoogroups list is not quite working properly. I made some posts early this morning that did not go through and there has been only one other post made since midnight.

I don't know how much of a pain it would be for Damon but I would much rather have our list here rather than at Yahoo if we could keep most of the same features (archive search, read & post from web, picture and file archive). A bonus would be to have an email address from here as well. What does everyone think?

Lance Hallmark

Hobie 18 Magnum

St. Pete, FL

----comment from Damon----

Thanks Lance, I can handle all the features you mention except posting from the archives.

I am considering offering TheBeachcats.com email addresses, they would include POP3, IMAP, and webmail interfaces so you could use "Yourname@TheBeachcats.com" from anywhere. I can't do that for free however, and neither can Yahoo, starting April 24th they start charging $30 per year for "Yourname@Yahoo.com" POP3 service.

I could match that and maybe put together some other TheBeachcats.com packages like your own website named either www.TheBeachcats.com/Yourname or Yourname.TheBeachcats.com. I would appreciate comments on this subject.

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Damon Linkous

We need content!

Added by Damon Linkous on Mar 06, 2002 - 10:42 PM
We've had a few links submitted but very little other content so far. Please submit Links, Stories, Product Reviews, Tips and Tricks etc., so we can make this site a great resource.

If you've contributed something good to the Beachcats mail list in the past please put it on this site. If you know of something you think belongs here, but you didn't write it, please contact the author for permission and then post it here for the benefit of everyone.

If you have questions about submitting content, post them as comments to this story so everyone can learn.

passwords on new site

Added by eidietis on Mar 05, 2002 - 05:42 PM
No one will ever log in if they have to remember these ridiculous passwords. Are we trying to get into the pentegon computer? I hope I am overlooking a way of changing password.
Why yes, you are missing a simple way to change the initial password! Click on "Your Account" at the top, and then click on "Change Your Info" and look all the way to the bottom of the page. Fill in both password blocks with your desired password and click submit. Thanks for the question, everything is new to all of us. Of course it's all obvious to me because I built it, but I need to know of anything that doesn't work as you'd expect, or is just plain annoying like the password thing. Damon Linkous, Moderator
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