So glad Hobie Alter finally got some recognition in the MSM, albeit in his death.
In the multihull world, three names stand out, IMHO – Charlie Cunningham downunder with his Quickcat and a string of Little America’s Cup challenges and victories, James Wharram with his immensely practical seagoing cats and Hobie Alter, the biggest name of the three, who developed the Hobiecat and brought sailing to the masses.
I met him at his garage one day in Mordialloc, Victoria and he was the loveliest man, with a deep love for cat sailing. He was Australia’s pioneer.
Revolutionized oceangoing cruising cats with simple, low-tech designs which were affordable for people. He also revolutionized two-girl crews, something I’m planning to do too on my humble craft.
His Hobiecats, virtually indestructible GRP cats, could be bounced around by huge Hawaiian waves, crashed onto rocks and still survive.
I don’t like them, being garish and ugly but one has to concede they brought fun sailing to the masses.…