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H 14 vs H16 #150754
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I'm looking for my 1st cat; I've looked at a used 16, but the hulls were shot. I've found a nice H14 Turbo, but I'm not sure if I need a 16 or not. Can anyone tell me the difference between the two, other than the obvious 2'? Is it a speed thing? Does it have anything to do with my weight? I'm 190, the girlfriend is 135. Thanks

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Re: H 14 vs H16 [Re: van0000] #150755
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Does it have anything to do with my weight? I'm 190, the girlfriend is 135. Thanks


You need a 16.


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Re: H 14 vs H16 [Re: Mugrace72] #150756
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Re: H 14 vs H16 [Re: Mugrace72] #150757
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Does it have anything to do with my weight? I'm 190, the girlfriend is 135. Thanks


You need a 16.


What he said.

Re: H 14 vs H16 [Re: mbounds] #150758
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Does it have anything to do with my weight? I'm 190, the girlfriend is 135. Thanks


You need a 16.


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Re: H 14 vs H16 [Re: hobie1616] #150759
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Does it have anything to do with my weight? I'm 190, the girlfriend is 135. Thanks


You need a 16.


What he said.

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Might as well keep this quote thing rolling, which I agree with. <img src="http://www.catsailor.com/forums/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" />

Re: H 14 vs H16 [Re: Karl_Brogger] #150760
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h14 = moped
h16 = 500cc motorcycle

Both will get you to the store, but wouldnt you rather have room for a passenger and horsepower to get up the hill!

Re: H 14 vs H16 [Re: van0000] #150761
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Jeez, guys - they're 325 lbs... I'd say they're big enough to enjoy an 18 or even a 20. Neither of those, as a jib-and-main boat, is over-the-top as a first boat and either should be very reasonably priced in the used boat market, but with plenty of parts available. 325 on a 16? I suppose, but not if I could get a 20 at the same price. <img src="http://www.catsailor.com/forums/images/graemlins/tongue.gif" alt="" />

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Re: H 14 vs H16 [Re: John Williams] #150762
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I have owned both an H16 and TheMightyHobie18.

This is his first cat... i think an 18 is a lot of boat for a first boat. It could work, but also easy to get overpowered in.... (IMHO)

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Re: H 14 vs H16 [Re: ] #150763
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If you buy the 14 then,
you can raise the mast yourself with no help if needed
you can right the boat even fron turtle by yourself
you can drag it in the sand to the water by yourself
If you sail with only one person on the boat then when it comes to racing with a friend 90% of your speed is due to the captain and 10% is due to the boat ( 14 vs 16 )
The cost is less on a 14 vs 16

Sorry guys but a 14 has lot of plus' if you are new to Hobies and you are not a person who only attends races.

Re: H 14 vs H16 [Re: PeelSkid] #150764
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Sorry guys but a 14 has lot of plus' if you are new to Hobies and you are not a person who only attends races.
Yup, but two adults on a 14 is way too much. If you sail solo and are not to heavy, that's a fun boat once you learn to tack it...

Re: H 14 vs H16 [Re: John Williams] #150765
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I'd say they're big enough to enjoy an 18 or even a 20. Neither of those, as a jib-and-main boat, is over-the-top as a first boat


A Hobie 20 would be way too much boat for a first cat. It can be a handful for even experienced sailors. The Hobie 18 might be ok as long as he uses reasonable discretion. He also didn't say whether he has any prior sailing experience.

If he's looking for a very basic starter cat to go cruise around on with one or two people, he should consider the Hobie Wave or possibly the Getaway if there could be more than 2 adults. Otherwise a Hobie 16 is a classic starter cat for two adults about his size. A Hobie 18 only if he's up for more complexity and slightly more performance.

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Besides a much heavier mast (and boat to right) I think the dagger boards are a MAJOR reason why a TheMightyHobie18 is not a great choice for a first boat.

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In my opinion, the dagger boards alone are not the reason to throw out the 18 - heck, even a Snark has a dagger board. It's more an issue of the overall complexity of the boat, the additional items to rig (properly) and the increased power.

The advatages that the 18 has over the 14 and 16 for a beginner (again, in my opinion) are the increased floatation (particularly in the bows) and the ability to furl the jib in high wind.

That said, the evolution towards the Wave and the Getaway makes them better entry level cats than the 14, 16, or 18 for sure. The Wave and Getaway take all the simplicities of the 14 & 16 (no daggers, simple rigging, light mast) plus the added flotation and furler from the 18 and stick them on a super durable hull that's much better suited for a beginner.

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14 turbos have a roller furling jib. They're a great boat for light sailors that like to solo.

Re: H 14 vs H16 [Re: Jbarth13] #150769
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Being someone who started with a 16, I have to agree with John Williams on this one. You can't be serious when you say the 18 or 20 is too much boat over the 16. The 16 is harder to sail because it is, for one, the easiest boat to pitch pole next to the 14 and has a sail area that goes from bow to past the stearn. It over powers pretty good in my opinion. If it had a modern hull design, maybe it would work with that much sail. I just remember thinking how much easier the bigger boats were to sail once I got one. Leave the 16's to the "A" fleeters and get a boat that holds a little more weight.

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Lee, I think you and Mr. Williams have spent too much time on boats with boards <img src="http://www.catsailor.com/forums/images/graemlins/tongue.gif" alt="" />

IMO, the Hobie 20 is quite a stretch for a beginner, but OK for an existing sailor as their first cat, and...I also think the 16 is an easy boat to sail, and sail fast, but difficult to make go efficiently around buoys.

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I just remember thinking how much easier the bigger boats were to sail once I got one
That's why I like the 16 as a starter boat, you'll learn loads sailing one <img src="http://www.catsailor.com/forums/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" />


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>>>You can't be serious when you say the 18 or 20 is too much boat over the 16.

Ummm, so you'd recommend a Hobie 20 for a first cat??? Have you actually sailed a Hobie 20?

Here's a couple reason's why, for 99% of people, the 20 would be a very poor first boat:

1) The rigging is among the most complex of all cats with it's 4-way jib cars, barberhaulers, multiple mast rotation devices, powerful downhaul... And if you screw up the rigging, at best you'll be a little inconvenienced, at worst, you'll lose control of the boat or break something.
2) It is among the most fragile of the Hobies. Unlike the 14, 16, 18, Wave, Getaway you definitley don't want to drag this boat over beaches or pound it in the surf.
3) It is the most powerful of the Hobies. In any wind over about 10mph they'll most likely be overpowered, especially if they don't know how to depower the rig or use a trapeze. I still remember when it first came out and experienced 16 and 18 crews would complain how easily it was to get tangled in the lines and how beat up they would be at the end of the day.

As I said, the Hobie 18 could be a suitable first cat for someone who know's what they're in for. For all but maybe 1% of first time sailors, the Hobie 20 is too much.

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Re: H 14 vs H16 [Re: srm] #150773
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I think the Hobie 18 is a great beginner boat, because as mentioned above, it doesn't pitchpole like a 16. If every 8yr. kid in an Opti can figure out the boards, I expect any adult can too.
The only real drawback to the boat is raising the mast, but he's going to have to learn the proper technique sometime, and as soon as he does, no problem. And it has a rolling jib which, if the wind comes up and you are new and overpowered, is a nice option to have.

My first cat was a Hobie 18, I sailed it solo and with 2-3 kids on board, the 16 is harder to sail well and will pitch you off if you make a mistake, the 18 is more forgiving so therefore a better beginner boat.


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