These little sailboats are a lot of fun to sail. It typically take about 1 to 3 hours of instruction to be able to sail on your own. If your resort offers complimentary Hobie Cat use, try it.
4 star rating for Providenciales Hobie Cats by Visit Turks and Caicos Islands
Hobie Cats are small easy to sail unsinkable catamaran sailboats. Many resorts on Grace Bay offer complimentary Hobie Cat use for guests, and rentals are also available at a few different locations.
You'll definitely want at least an introduction before taking a Hobie Cat out on your own.
The name Hobie Cat comes from the combination of catamaran (two hulled boat) and the name of the inventor of this small craft: Hobie Alter.
Hobie Cats have two plastic sealed hulls with a trampoline style deck stretched between them. The usual mast height is about 20 feet, and the craft have a boomless main sail, which makes for safer sailing for novices. The average resort Hobie Cat can comfortably carry from one to four adults.
It’s quite easy to learn to sail a Hobie Cat and most beginners can learn the basics in an hour. Some resorts provide instruction free for guests, but it may be necessary to pay for this depending on where arrangements for the sailboat are made.
Because the hull is sealed, it’s not possible to sink a Hobie Cat that’s in proper condition. In the event that the sailboat flips, it can be righted in the water with little difficulty by the passengers.
Hobie Cats are an excellent way to introduce children to sailing, as they’re technically very easy to control and require very little strength to sail under tame conditions.
Grace Bay is an ideal sailing location and is really the only place Hobie Cats are normally used in the country, as most of the main resorts are located on this section of coastline. Long Bay on Providenciales also offers great conditions, but there are only a few privately owned Hobie Cats are in the area.
Resorts and rental business usually don’t want the Hobie Cats sailed out of sight for safety reasons, so this often limits sailing to within about a one mile radius of the launch point.
Although the boats are relatively small, Hobie Cat transport across land to different launch locations isn’t really available.
Hobie Cats are available in several different trims.