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Hobie 16

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The Hobie 16 is THE quintessential beach cat. Fast, fun and still dishing out the thrills after all these years.


The catamaran that started a revolution. The Hobie 16 is still the most recognizable and iconic fiberglass catamaran. With over 100,000 built, the 16 expanded the worlds’ view on what fast, beach launched fun could be like. The Hobie 16 came out in the 1970s and yet is still raced around the world and up and down the west coast. New 16s come equipped ready to go fast right out of the box - Dacron sails, carbon-fiber rudders and double trapeze are included. The durable fiberglass hulls are timeless - they are light and stiff, ensuring years of speed and dependability. The Hobie 16 still offers fleet numbers larger than any other fiberglass catamarans. New 16s continue to be sold and add to the fleet fun, coast to coast and worldwide.

    • Asymmetrical Hulls - No Daggerboards Required
    • Carbon Fiber Kick-Up Rudders
    • Race-Ready Dacron Sails
    • Mesh Trampoline
    • Double Trapeze System
    • Harken Blocks throughout
    • 6:1 Mainsheet with traveler system
    • Black Anodized Aluminum Mast with Comptip
    • Dollies, Trailers and Other Accessories Available


    • Length Overall: 16' 7"
    • Beam: 7' 11"
    • Draft (Rudder Up): 10"
    • Mast Length: 26' 6"
    • Sail Area: 218 sq ft
    • Weight: 320 lbs
    • Crew: 1-4
    • Hull Construction: Fiberglass/Foam Sandwich
    • Hull Color: White


Is this the Hobie Cat I've always seen and heard about it?

That is correct! The Hobie 16 is easily the most iconic catamaran ever designed. It's still built to this day by Hobie Cat in Oceanside, California.

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We can walk you through the process from start to finish. Below read our most Frequently Asked Questions that will answer a lot of your questions.

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I've read all about your boats, but I still have questions... can you answer those?

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What about shipping and boat delivery?

Despite their size, we are able to ship most boats safely and inexpensively. For the Hobie 16, the safest way to ship is on a dedicated trailer. Please select the trailer add on option (Add Trailer - Carnai Road Base w/ Mast Stand) below before adding to your shopping cart. Our team will fully assemble your boat (to the extent possible for transportation) before arranging delivery to you. Shipping rates vary based on where you are located but will be calculated in the shopping cart. Due to dealer territory restrictions, West Coast Sailing reserves the right to cancel an order if shipping into another dealers territory. To confirm if we can ship a new Hobie 16 to you before ordering or to discuss options without a trailer, please contact our team at or by calling or texting 1-502-285-5536.

If you would like to pickup your new Hobie 16 from our store in Portland, OR, please select the 'No Trailer (In Store Pickup Only)' option below before hitting ADD TO CART. In the shopping cart, please enter our address (709 N Columbia Blvd, Portland, OR 97217 United States) to display the In Store Pickup method

Why West Coast Sailing

We represent a dozen sailboat brands from all around the world. Our dinghy sailboat inventory is second to none, with at least 100 boats in stock in our warehouse at any time. Our staff has extensive experience sailing, racing, rigging, coaching and delivering boats worldwide. This is what we do:

  • Selection – 70+ models of boats from manufacturers around the world.
  • Service – Our staff is focused on helping you Own The Water.
  • Experience – The team here has decades of experience on all types of dinghies.
  • Inventory – Over $1 million of boats and parts inventory in stock at all times.
  • Logistics – We have experience shipping boats all over the world, at reasonable rates, quickly.
  • Rigging – We rig most boats by hand, and stand behind our work.
  • Long Term Support – We are a leader in our industry, and we didn't get here by cutting corners. We have your back.
  • Apparel and Accessories – We have the apparel, accessories, trailers and dollies to go with each boat.


Due to the high demand for sailboat and kayak products, the team at West Coast Sailing is working hard to bring in as much inventory as possible. We receive multiple shipments over the course of the year with our allocated number of specific models and colors. Current and future availability changes often and we make every effort to post updates to our website. 

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  • Availability: IN STOCK - This indicates the option selected is physically in stock at our warehouse in Portland, OR for immediate shipping or in store pickup. Our team will contact you within one business day of receiving your order to discuss these details.
  • Availability: PRE ORDER - This indicates the option selected is on one of our next shipments but has not yet be received. Please contact our team to place a deposit.
  • Availability: SOLD OUT - This indicates the option selected is not currently available for preorder due to extended or unknown lead time.

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  • 5
    Hobie 16s

    Hobie 16s are absolutely amazing! There isn’t one water sport I haven’t been involved in & in the Extreme sense of the word. Commonly Jumping 20 plus feet on Wind Surfing boards not to mention Kite boards. After doing any water sport you can think of since 1973, the Hobie 16 is an absolute stand out in my mind. After owning 4 H-16’s & 1 H-18 & racing H-20’s (Miracle 20’s) not to mention large mono hulls I believe the H-16 is the stand out overall. No dagger boards to deal with when sailing in & out of the impact zone on the Texas coast. The H16 can feel loose on the water whether on the Lake or catching & surfing waves on the coast.
    I realize a lot of the population is on the instant gratification kick & don’t want to invest the time to rig the Hobie & get proficient in Sailing skills & prefer to squeeze a throttle on a Seadoo & go fast but after doing Hobie 16’s for over 30 yrs, the Hobie can be insane in extreme conditions or extremely relaxing taking family & kids for rides or even using it as a beach taxi to go up & down the beach to your favorite places. If you can’t swing a new one, buy a used one but take someone with you that knows them inside out to find a good one. I’m from Ft Worth Tx
    & know no one at this company or site. (Just a FYI). Good Luck

    - Rick Holliday

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