Posts Tagged 'hobie cat'

it’s a Hobie affair

something is amiss.

I think that maybe, just maybe, the skipper of Sunfish 3929 is having a bad influence on me.

he keeps cheating on 3929 with a big ol’ Flying Scot.

and now I’ve gone and sailed a a non-Sunfish sailboat.

that’s right: I sailed a Hobie Wave.

I just let the boat do the work.

 

I haven’t even sailed my Sunfish a single time this year.  we’ve been too busy, yadda, yadda, yadda (I’m good at making excuses…).

it was my first time on a boat with 2 hulls.  first time on a sailboat that wasn’t a Sunfish (or smaller).

and I liked it.

the water was warm, winds were decent, the location was spectacularly beautiful – perfect conditions to sail comfortably, but not risk tipping the Hobie, particularly since I had guests!

that’s right: 3 girls (women, really… my wife and 2 of my friends’ wives) fit more than comfortably with me on the Hobie.  I can’t say that could ever happen on my Sunfish.  well, you could try it, but it would be quite cramped, and make sailing difficult!

I could go into more detail about the other Hobie that (tried?) sailing at the same time as us, but that’s another story for another day.

should my Sunfish be jealous?

 

 

 

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how sailors drive

this was a pretty clever comic I saw on Instagram the other day. 


ht: @hobiecatcompany 

Alcort Catfish sailboat vintage ads

here’s another odd sailboat that was produced for a while by Alcort, in addition to their Sailfish and Sunfish lines.  it looks like the date shown on this first picture is 1965.  that is about how old I figure my green Sunfish is, so there’s a good chance that someone has one of these in their garage or at a cottage on a lake and might even still be using it.

Wayne (he’s since passed away) posted about this little sailboat on the Sunfish Forum:

Pre-dates the production HobieCat. Designed by George W. Patterson, built and sold by Alcort, Inc. from about 1964 to 1969 at which time Alcort sold its whole sailboat business to AMF. AMF dropped the Catfish in favor of the more Hobie-like Trac Cat (Windrush) licensed from an Austrailian builder.

thanks again to blackbelair for sharing these vintage ads with me.

I also previously posted these vintage ads:

AMF/Alcort vintage sailboat ads

AMF/Alcort Hilu sailboat vintage ads


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