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11-29-2012 06:02 AM
Re: Poor tacking on a Hobie

I have been teaching sailing all my life and even very experienced sailors find the transition from a mono-hull to a beach style Catamaran difficult. My best advice is to go out with an experienced sailor or instructor or an hour or two. Trying to teach yourself you will just develop mad habits. As for those people who say just gybe, don't listen to them, complete rubbish. Bear in mind sometimes a tack will not be successful so give yourself plenty of room near obstructions. Most point have been already raised but my tips are.
(1) Plenty of boat speed going into the tack.
(2) Make sure you are close to the wind, the track should be close reach to close reach, not reach to reach. This is a common mistake because people often have no wind awareness. Secondly as most Cats are fully battened the sails do not flap and even correctly sheeted they still travel relatively fast. On most mono-hulls if the sails are not set correctly they make a hell of a noise and the boat soon stops. Little bits of wool thread tide onto the shrouds five or six feet up make a great cheap wind indicator.
(3) When you take try to push the rudders over as little as possible, do not move until the last minute, keep weight to windward and aft. Let the jib back and slowing the boat will come through the wind. Do not straighten until you are out of the no go zone. Pull the jib across and make sure the battens in the main have popped over. Once on the new tack bear away slightly to power the boat up before trying to point to high up wind.

Happy Sailing
11-29-2012 12:17 AM
Re: Poor tacking on a Hobie

The Hobie 16 has a good reputation for a lot of things, unfortunately tacking isn't one of them. If I recall correctly the blame for poor tacking has something to do with the asymmetrical hull profile. For such a fast and responsive boat it is surprising how easy it is to get one caught in irons.
11-28-2012 09:47 PM
Re: Poor tacking on a Hobie

I've done it three ways myself:
  • Back winding the jib. Almost always works, but you lose all boat speed.
  • Heading off the wind a little to build up boat speed before tacking. Got to do this smoothly, & without using the rudders as brakes, or you get stuck in irons.
  • Gybing round ~270
11-26-2012 01:58 PM
Re: Poor tacking on a Hobie

My wife and I stayed with friends in the Outer Banks this summer and we all wanted to go sailing, so we rented 2 Hobie Getaways. I had some trouble tacking at first, but my wife (who has WAY less sailing experience) could not get her boat to tack at all. She eventually figured out the jibing method on her own...

Here's some video we took that day:

10-19-2012 11:54 AM
Re: Poor tacking on a Hobie

You may be pulling the tiller too fast and too far and stalling the boat. Take it easy and with practice you"ll master the technique. 16 are a piece of cake to tack compared to the 14 that has no jib.
07-18-2012 09:59 AM
Re: Poor tacking on a Hobie

For me the trick was not messing with the jib until the bow comes around, allowing the jib to backwind is the key, especially in light winds.
07-05-2012 06:42 PM
Re: Poor tacking on a Hobie

I really appreciate all of the feedback and advice. I realize that I was definately pushing the tiller too hard and too quickly and essentially "braking" the boat. Additionally, I'll work on jibing as well.
07-05-2012 06:24 PM
Re: Poor tacking on a Hobie


And also nothing like a boat that's really quick through the stays and tacks like a dream so you can cash in on a 5 degree header without losing much speed or distance. It keeps the racing really tactical, and is a joy with students when they start to get it "right".
07-05-2012 04:10 PM
Re: Poor tacking on a Hobie


It's really just asymmetrical hulled cats without daggerboards/centerboards that have a tough time tacking.

I appreciate monohull sailing, but there is nothing like flying a hull or the speed of a multihull.
07-05-2012 03:52 PM
Re: Poor tacking on a Hobie

in light air and chop or current let the boat sail it self up until you back wind the jib. ease the main. when the boat is turned to new tack then switch the jib and sail new tack. if the backwinded jib stops you and you move backwards then reverse the rudders and back the boat into the new tack
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