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PostPosted: Thu Oct 09, 2003 1:09 pm 
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There have been rumors for a while about the demise of the H17 & 18. They are true. Matt Miller is on vacation, but he sent me an announcement to post at .

Thanks Matt
Official Hobie word on the 17/18

Damon Linkous
1992 Hobie 18

 Post subject: The Official word...
PostPosted: Fri Oct 10, 2003 4:38 pm 
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Location: Oceanside, California
Dear Hobie Sailors,

October 9, 2003: It is always difficult to come to the end of an "era", but Hobie Cat Company has had to face the fact that it is no longer economically feasible to continue to build our Hobie 17 Special Editions and Hobie 17 Sports, as well as our Hobie 18 Special Editions and Hobie 18 SX's. Both the 17 and 18 enjoyed life cycles that would make any manufacturer proud. More importantly, we are proud of the introduction to sailing and enjoyment they provided to so many people for so many years. For us, it is like saying goodbye to old friends.

The bright side to this announcement is that we have introduced some boats in recent years that have, slowly but surely, rendered the H17s and H18s virtually obsolete. The Hobie Getaway, in particular, has fulfilled, and to some extent surpassed, many of the features of both boats for the recreational user, and for less money. The Hobie Tiger and, to a lesser extent, the Hobie FX-1 in this size range have raised the bar a bit on the racing side of things, and have re-invigorated the racing scene in many parts of the country. Our Hobie 16 sales remain constant, which in itself is unusual for a boat of it's vintage, and thus remains a very healthy and important part of our product lineup.

As with previously discontinued models (Hobie 14 for example), we expect that sailing and racing of these boats will continue to be strong for many years to come. With this in mind, we have set aside parts to support those boats for the foreseeable future. In addition, our network of dealers have many parts and some may even have these boat models (new) in stock.

The current Hobie USA product lineup (11 Models):

Hobie Bravo (12')
Hobie Wave (13')
Hobie Getaway (16')
Hobie Dragoon (12' 10")
Hobie 16 (16' 7")
Hobie FX1 (17')
Hobie Tiger (18')
Hobie 20 Miracle (19' 6")
Hobie Fox (20')
Hobie 21 Sport Cruiser (21')
Hobie TriFoiler (22')

Hobie Cat USA

Matt Miller
Director of Parts and Accessory Sales
Warranty and Technical Support
Hobie Cat USA

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