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Hobie Cat 17 SE

The Hobie Cat 17, here in "SE" version, is a 17’ single handed beach catamaran designed by Hobie Cat and John Wake. She was built by Hobie Cat (United States) and made of sandwich foam / fiberglass / polyester. The production started in 1985 .
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Hobie Cat 17's   Main Features
Model Hobie Cat 17
Version SE
Type of hull Catamaran
Shipyard
Designer Hobie Cat
John Wake
Construction Hulls and deck:
sandwich foam / fiberglass / polyester
First built hull 1985
Appendages Centerboard :
Twin centerboards
Helm 1 tiller
Rudder 2 transom hung rudders
Unsinkable No
Trailerable Yes
EC certification C
Standard public price (indicative only) N/A
Hobie Cat 17's   Main dimensions
Hull length 17’
Waterline length 16’ 8”
Beam (width) 8’
Light displacement 340 lbs
Hobie Cat 17's   Rig and sails
Upwind sail area 168 sq.ft
Downwind sail area 368 sq.ft
Mainsail area 168 sq.ft
Asymetric spinnaker area 200 sq.ft
Rigging type Cat Boat Marconi
Rotating spars Yes
Mast position Fore beam stepped mast
Spars Mast and boom in Aluminum
Standing rigging 1x19 strand wire
PiMainsail hoist measurement (from tack to head) 26’ 2”
Hobie Cat 17's   Performances
Crew 1
Trapezes 1 set(s)
PY (Portsmouth Yardstick) ratingiPortsmouth Yardstick is an empirical system of handicapping used for small sailboat (dinghies included). 783
Upwind sail area to displacementiThe ratio sail area to displacement is obtained by dividing the sail area by the boat's displaced volume to the power two-thirds.
The ratio sail area to displacement can be used to compare the relative sail plan of different sailboats no matter what their size. Upwind : under 18 the ratio indicates a cruise oriented sailboat with limited performances especially in light wind, while over 23 it indicates a fast sailboat.
54.30
Downwind sail area to displacementiThe ratio sail area to displacement is obtained by dividing the sail area by the boat's displaced volume to the power two-thirds.
The ratio sail area to displacement can be used to compare the relative sail plan of different sailboats no matter what their size. Upwind : under 18 the ratio indicates a cruise oriented sailboat with limited performances especially in light wind, while over 23 it indicates a fast sailboat.
118.97
Displacement-Length ratio (DLR)iThe Displacement Length ratio is a figure that points out the boat's weight compared to its waterline length. DLR is obtained by dividing the boat's displacement in tons by the cube of one one-hundredth of the waterline length (in feet).
The DLR can be used to compare the relative mass of different sailboats no matter what their length: a DLR less than 180 is indicative of a really light sailboat (race boat made for planning), while a DLR greater than 300 is indicative of a heavy cruising sailboat.
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