Class History

Designed by the legendary Hobie Alter in 1969, the Hobie Cat 16 is one of the most popular catamarans ever. Inducted into the Sailing Hall of Fame, this two-person, double-trapeze cat is simple to rig, easy to sail, and amazingly fast. Thousands of sailors and fun seekers enjoy "The Hobie Way of Life" and make the social and racing activities offered by fleets around the world central to their sailing lifestyles. 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


Hobie 16 jib halyard, downhaul, mainsheet40 mm Carbo Fiddle - 265540 mm Carbo w/Becket - 263757 mm Carbo Triple - 260457 mm Carbo Triple Ratchamatic w/Cam - 262929 mm Carbo T2 Single - 214629 mm Carbo T2 - 214629 mm Carbo Triple w/Cam,Becket - 347Carbo Cam Cleat - 365X-Treme Angle Fairlead for 365 - 375

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Aussie Jib Halyard

The 4:1 system reduces compression load at the mastbase for easier tacking, mast rotation, and a consistant mast bend.


The 6:1 mainsheet system has a short stack height to fine-tune the main.


The low-profile 6:1 mainsheet system features the load-sensing Carbo Ratchamatic®. Allows more mast rake for fast upwind sailing in a breeze.

Hobie 16 jib29 mm Carbo T2 Single - 2146Swivel Base w/Micro Cam and 16 mm - 46240 mm Carbo Cheek Block - 264440 mm Carbo Cheek - 2644Carbo Cam Cleat - 365Carbo Cam Cleat -  365X-Treme Angle Fairlead for 365 - 375X-Treme Angle Fairlead for 365 - 375

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Jib Controls

Jib Sheet: Two 29 mm Carbo T2's tie together at the jib clew for maximum adjustment and a continuous 2:1 system.

Jib Car Controls: A swivel base with micro deck organizer reduces friction when the car is pulled outboard.

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