You know, I think Hobie did this design right. It doesn't happen with my often but I kind of like this Max.
More info on design details can be found here :http://www.hobie-cat.net/download/manuels/max_gb.pdf
Today I also remembered that I keep a full excel price listing of a French Hobie agent in La Rochelle France. This is one of the most valuable information sheets I have on the competition. So I figured that it was worth to take a look and see if it also lists the Hobie Max. And it does !
Hobie Max Club (the resort version) : 11.566 Euro's
Hobie Max Race (getting more interesting) : 12.578 Euro's
Hobie Max Race+ (the one that is very interesting) : 15.600 Euro's
As a comparison Hobie Tiger STX is listed at 14.525 Euro's, although it also list the spinnaker as optional with the Tiger (1900 Euro's)
Basically the MAX in the race version (selftacker, snuffer, pentex, etc) is just below a Tiger rigged as an F18.
I hate to inform Hobie though that both a VWM Blade F16 and the Stealthmarine F16 (race version) sell in Europe for just under 14.200 Euro's (respectively 14.165 and 14.189 Euro's). Fully rigged with selftacker, snuffer, pentex, etc. I really didn't expect the "more challenging to build" F16 boats to actually be cheaper.
Texel has apparently measured the first Hobie MAX and here is the Texel handicap data :
Length overall : 4.90 mtr
waterline length : 4.85 mtr
Weight ready to sail : 142 kg (including spi etc)
mainsail area : 14.10 sq. mtr
mainsail luff : 7.47 mtr
jib area : 3.70 sq. mtr
jib luff : 5.15 mtr.
It is rated by Texel at 109 (incl. spin) despite the fact that it has skegs instead of daggerboards. Hobie 16's are at 117.
This Hobie MAX could turn out to be surprisingly fast boat.