Is The Hobie Cat 16 Dead?
They say a cat has nine lives, and in the sailing world Cat owners will probably agree to some truth in that. Question is; Is the Hobie Cat 16 dead? A few years ago I was at the outdoor retailer show and saw the Hobie guys there. Because I sail my Hobie 16 all the time, my affection for the 16′ runs deep. So you can imagine my excitement as I headed toward their booth, I felt like I recognized a family member and could help but stop for at least a quick chat.
To my surprise, all they Hobie dealers wanted to talk about was the Hobie Island…the new rave. After all their talk, I wanted to say, “Is the Hobie 16 dead?” I sure hope not! I know there are many Hobie 16 lovers like us all over the U.S. and around the world who love sailing their 16’s, because we hear from you all the time! Why would Hobie want to do away with a boat so well loved and cherished by owners across the globe still looking for parts, sails, tramps, tillers, rudders and often the entire package. It’s a quick learn on a Hobie 16 and an easy thrill when you fly a hull. Since our 16 is almost to the status of family member, I was feeling a bit cut as if my Hobie Cat 16 was now a dignified “has been” that was put out to sea (pun definitely intended) and the Hobie Wave was supposedly the newer, sportier and sexier upgrade. Really? But seriously, really?
Let’s fast forward to June 2013, the latest issue of Sail Magazine. On the very last page, what do I see? An ad for Hobie 16, a simple phrase in bold letters covered the top of the sail, “My Life. My Hobie”. Four little words that sum up my affections for my Hobie. It was like a peace calmed my sailor heart and a steady excitement rose up inside of me. The Hobie isn’t dead! Since seeing this ad, my mind is now flooded with questions and future possiblities. If Hobie hasn’t given up on their classic 16 model, what’s in store for the future?
- Will their be a Hobie 16 revival?
- Will Hobie 16 Nationals grow bigger with new added interest?
- Better sail colors? (Grey has never been my favorite color)
- Will new technologies make the Hobie 16 sailing experience even better?
What do you think is in store for the future of the Hobie Cat 16? What do you want to see in the new 16’s? Would you rather buy a brand new 16? I know we have a Hobie following out there, we want to hear from you. Where will your Hobie take you in the future?