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I'm looking for an used Hobiecat Catamaran for my daughter and I. I have found a lot on craigslist from $800 - $3000. I actually like the more vintage looking ones, but can anyone suggest a good model and year for a Hobiecat Catamaran?
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How old is you daughter?
Hobie Wave, Nacra 450, Mystere 4.3 are good starter boats for female skipper.
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Re: Hobiecat Catamaran

She's only 8, it would be something I would control for a while and that she could grow into and take it out herself in a few years.

Thanks for the tip!
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Re: Hobiecat Catamaran

A Hobie is gonna be a BIG handful for an 8 year old to handle.
build a puddlecat with her and now she has her very own boat for less than the cost of a clapped out Hobie, in less tiime than it would take to get that clapped out Hobie seaaworthy, and no need for a trailer.

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Re: Hobiecat Catamaran

If you are set on a Hobiecat for her (I know my daughter will have one when she is old/big enough) go with a 16. They are inexpensive, parts are readily available, it seems like everyone has owned/sailed them, they are lots of fun, and they can take a beating. Stay away from the new plastic ones. The hulls are not repairable and they flex way too much. If you can find a 14 with a jib that is also an option. The regular 14's with only a main are a bear to tack.

I used to be heavily involved with Hobies before I needed a bigger boat. PM me if you want more information on what to look for when buying or about the sailing qualities.
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Oh yeah, check out the Hobie forum for great people with piles of knowledge. Just do a google search for it.
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Re: Hobiecat Catamaran

I agree on the 16. She can grow into it and the whole family will have a blast sailing it. I had one a few years ago and it was almost as much fun as my windsurfers. My wife loved it.
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