What is a Catamaran? |
Learning to Sail Your Hobie Cat |
Local Catamaran Venues
Hobie Cat Events |
What is a Catamaran?
The word catamaran is derived from the Tamil word kattumaram
meaning a multi-hulled boat. This provided an opportunity to
build a light weight structure with less wetted surface
enabling the device to achieve speeds far in excess of the
more traditional mono hull sail powered vessels. This makes
these boats much faster than a typical sailboat of
equivalent size, with speeds often in excess of twenty
advent of the Hobie catamaran provided an ideal platform for
young sailors to learn to sail fast and lightweight boats in
the surf... hence the name “beach cat”. The durability, ease
of sailing at speed, and the portability of the design made
the Hobie Cat one of the most popular boats of the 20th
century, with over a hundred thousand of the Hobie 16 boats
built to date.
Hobie catamarans typically come in sizes from fourteen feet
to twenty feet, and require a crew of one to two people
depending on the boat. The maintenance is minimal; as the
boats are transported by trailer, they do not need a “slip”
or “dry storage” facility.
Sailing a Hobie Catamaran to the extreme of “flying a hull”
with skipper and crew both out on the trapeze is an
experience not easily forgotten!
Learning to Sail Your Hobie Cat
Most people can learn to sail
a Hobie Cat in light wind within a day with proper
instruction. If you do not have a sailing instructor there
are many ways to learn how to rig and sail the boat. The
local Hobie Cat community (Hobie Fleet 23) offers Hobie
University every spring; a 2 week intensive on-the-water and
off-the-water course taught by veteran catamaran sailors –
and it’s free!
Also, there are many books
and video resources available, such as the DVD - Hobie Cat
Sailing: A Step-By-Step Guide.
a catamaran in Texas is fun, exhilarating, and inexpensive.
There are many locations available for year round enjoyment
of this exciting sport right here in North Texas. The most
popular location is Hobie Point on Lake Lewisville. Hobie
Point also happens to be where Hobie University is held for
the on-the-water portion of the course.
Lake Grapevine, Lake Ray Hubbard, and even White Rock Lake
are convenient and popular destinations. And if North Texas
is not enough to satisfy the avid sailor, the Gulf Coast is
less than a day’s drive away.
There are numerous Hobie Fleets that are assembled to
provide a base from where to organize events such as The Mid
America competition as well as many social events such as
Snooze & Cruze.
These Fleets, comprised of like minded sailors, are
friendly, yet competitive. Most Hobie fleets offer help to
new sailors, provide an opportunity to travel to other
venues, and participate in the many social events year
Hobie Fleet 23 (www.hobiefleet23.com)
- Local North Texas Hobie cat sailing fleet.
Hobie Cat (www.hobiecat.com)
- Hobie Cat company website with lots of information.