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PostPosted: Fri Dec 06, 2013 8:22 pm 
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From the (American Sailing Association) Facebook Page: The CAT'S out of the bag! As announced today in Paris, ASA is partnering with Hobie Cat Company and Oracle to produce this catamaran modeled on the America's Cup winners. Stay tuned for more details!
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151754949073204&set=a.314685898203.140535.314660153203&type=1&theater


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 06, 2013 9:13 pm 
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Is this April 1st already?

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 07, 2013 1:46 am 
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Looks like a vinyl wrapped Hobie Wave. Any info on what mods will be added for this ASA production?

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 07, 2013 1:27 pm 
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What about the fact that black absorbs too much heat & gets soft ? I read comments from MMiller many times about this being the reason they haven't produced plastic boats in any color other than white.


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PostPosted: Sat Dec 07, 2013 3:58 pm 
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Not going to be black. This is just a billboard for the announcement.


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PostPosted: Sun Dec 08, 2013 1:21 pm 
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mmiller wrote:
Not going to be black. This is just a billboard for the announcement.


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So when will we get more info on the boat?


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PostPosted: Sun Dec 08, 2013 3:16 pm 
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I don't believe there is going to be a boat - it's just a partnership to help promote the sport of sailing. The boat in the photo is a concept/advertising vehicle.


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PostPosted: Sun Dec 08, 2013 9:42 pm 
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Wrong!.


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 09, 2013 6:31 am 
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Rumours of a new 16 are surfacing?


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 09, 2013 8:06 am 
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http://www.hobieclass.com/?Page=9849

The American Sailing Association (ASA) and Hobie Cat® Company are proud to announce their worldwide partnership, the goal of which is to attract a new and enthusiastic wave of sailors into the sport. Hobie has partnered with ASA for this project to grow the sport of sailing. The catalyst will be the global excitement for sailing generated by ORACLE TEAM USA’s spectacular come-from-behind America’s Cup victory, a targeted sailing education program developed by ASA, and a special edition Hobie catamaran. The announcement is being made today by Hobie’s Director of Marketing, Dan Mangus, at the Salon Nautique International de Paris, a.k.a. The Paris Boat Show. The “concept boat” for this endeavor, with its distinctive black hulls and logoed sail will be displayed in the Hobie booth as the flagship of this project.

The new boat will be the first in a series of special edition ASA/Hobie catamarans designed with the dual
purpose of making it easy to learn as well as appealing to those youth and young adults attracted to the speed and performance of multihulls. The boats will be offered by Hobie Cat sailboat dealers worldwide starting in
2014 concurrent with the ASA’s rollout of its new educational program featuring the new boat. “As with any sport, there always needs to be massive efforts by our industry to get new participation into sailing,” commented Dan. “Our new partnership with ASA is Hobie’s contribution to this endeavor. Our whole team is enthused about sharing our passion for sailing.”

“Sailing’s image got a dramatic face lift during the recent America’s Cup competition in San Francisco. With foiling catamarans and global TV exposure it created an incredible opportunity to widen the sport’s reach at its very foundation -the new sailor. Now, Hobie and ASA are poised to further broaden the impact of the America’s Cup in a very fundamental way – by growing the sport,” noted two-time America’s Cup winner, Peter Isler, co- founder of ASA and a member of the ASA’s Board of Directors.

The education arm of the partnership will be a new educational program that will be featured at ASA schools. ASA’s catamaran program will also be available for use by sailing and yacht clubs around the world. “Over the past 30 years the ASA has certified over 400,000 people through our education program that is offered at over 300 professional sailing schools worldwide. The recent America’s Cup exposed the world to the excitement of multihull sailing. We saw an opportunity to work with Hobie to build on that excitement to bring a whole new group of sailors into our great sport,” says Cindy Shabes, President of the ASA.

The American Sailing Association has been the leader in U.S. sailing education for over three decades. ASA’s worldwide network of over 300 professionally accredited sailing schools have trained and certified over 400,000 students to ASA’s Educational Standards. Based in Los Angeles, CA, the ASA continues to strive to promote the sport of sailing through its multi-tiered educational system and membership program. www.asa.com

Since 1950, Hobie has been in the business of shaping a unique lifestyle based around fun, water, and quality products. From their headquarters in Oceanside, California, Hobie Cat Company manufactures, distributes, and markets an impressive collection of eco-sensitive watercraft worldwide. These include an ever-expanding line of recreation and racing sailboats, pedal-driven and paddle sit-on-top recreation and fishing kayaks, inflatable kayaks, fishing boats and stand-up paddleboards plus a complementary array of parts and accessories. www.hobiecat.com


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 09, 2013 10:41 am 
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mmadge wrote:
Rumours of a new 16 are surfacing?


No new Hobie 16 in the works. Maybe confused with the T2?

The Wave configuration we would choose would be what ever is best suited for ASA use in schools and clubs, so not sure what would change really. Maybe the orange float and some graphics, but not black hulls for sure. I think the release is misleading in that respect.

This is more about sales to the ASA training programs than a new boat offered to the public in general.

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 09, 2013 11:19 am 
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That,s a relief :)


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