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(The New York Times)   Hobie Alter, the Henry Ford of surfing and inventor of the Hobie Cat, has died at the age of 80   (nytimes.com ) divider line
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2014-04-01 02:48:26 AM  
the Henry Ford of surfing

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2014-04-01 05:58:32 AM  
I still have a bit of a scar on my right palm where I was on the trapeze of a HoWIE 18 doing about mach 3 on a beam reach and both of us got our weight a bit too far forward and we pitch-poled it. For non-sailors, only one of two hulls is in the water at that point and with HoWIEs it was way easy to have the bow of that hull dig into the face of a wave. Think what happens when a pole vaulter plants his pole. I wasn't wearing my sailing gloves but I still reached instinctively for the side stay as I went flying forward on my trapeze rig, basically hanging from a wire attached way up the mast, and then my hand slid several feet while I maintained a death grip on a thin steel cable. I don't recommend the sensation. /DVDA

HoWIEs are fun as hell though, the sense of speed is pretty phenomenal when you get one really smoking along in a stiff wind. Hard to right if you capsize though and a biatch if they go turtle. Not to mention the whole slam on the brakes pitch pole thing. And they can't point worth a damn. Kind of like 60s muscle cars, awesome at going fast in straight lines and not much else, but that's pretty fun.

Thanks HoWIE, I've had many fun hours going fast and doing crazy stuff on your cats.
 
2014-04-01 05:59:47 AM  
Ok I see the coders are having Fun With wombats day.
 
2014-04-01 06:19:37 AM  
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RIP HoWIE. Me, in 2007, on a HoWIE Cat.
 
2014-04-01 07:48:27 AM  

www.pages.drexel.edu

R.I.P. Hoagie Cat

 
2014-04-01 08:19:35 AM  
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RIP HoWIE Buchannon
 
2014-04-01 09:07:58 AM  

vossiewulf: I still have a bit of a scar on my right palm where I was on the trapeze of a HoWIE 18 doing about mach 3 on a beam reach and both of us got our weight a bit too far forward and we pitch-poled it. For non-sailors, only one of two hulls is in the water at that point and with HoWIEs it was way easy to have the bow of that hull dig into the face of a wave. Think what happens when a pole vaulter plants his pole. I wasn't wearing my sailing gloves but I still reached instinctively for the side stay as I went flying forward on my trapeze rig, basically hanging from a wire attached way up the mast, and then my hand slid several feet while I maintained a death grip on a thin steel cable. I don't recommend the sensation. /DVDA

HoWIEs are fun as hell though, the sense of speed is pretty phenomenal when you get one really smoking along in a stiff wind. Hard to right if you capsize though and a biatch if they go turtle. Not to mention the whole slam on the brakes pitch pole thing. And they can't point worth a damn. Kind of like 60s muscle cars, awesome at going fast in straight lines and not much else, but that's pretty fun.

Thanks HoWIE, I've had many fun hours going fast and doing crazy stuff on your cats.


My brother sails an 18 and although we've never pitch-poled, I think about every time we fly a hull. I look around out of the corner of my eye, through all the spraying water, and think about what I can safely grab on to and what I can't.
 
2014-04-01 09:50:45 AM  
He was a man who loved the outdoors... and as a surfer he explored the beaches of Southern California, from La Jolla to Leo Carrillo and... up to... Pismo. He died, like so many young men of his generation, he died before his time. In your wisdom, Lord, you took him, as you took so many bright flowering young men at Khe Sanh, at Langdok, at Hill 364. These young men gave their lives.
 
2014-04-01 10:12:18 AM  

www.twohawks.com


RIP Hopi Elder

 
2014-04-01 10:30:16 AM  
I'm a Nacra fan (speed over durability) but I recognize that fact this man figuratively invented the mass produced catamaran and his designs are still recommended for their reliable performance and ease of use.

Fair winds sailor.
 
2014-04-01 10:54:21 AM  
I remember him primarily from one of those "Do you know me?" commercials for American Express.
 
2014-04-01 01:52:33 PM  
HoWIE Cats are so goddamn fun. I really need to look into buying a used one.
 
2014-04-01 02:27:28 PM  
So anything that contains Taft today is being changed to Taft.  Also anything that contains boobi*s in e*mail is changed to WIE

/nothing to see here:  http://www.fark.com/comments/69/Scratchpad-test-board-Nothing-to-see- h ere-move-along-these-arent-droids-youre-looking-for-Posts-in-here-are- always-invisible-to-everyone-but-yourself-banmonkeyslinkmonkeys
 
2014-04-01 02:55:04 PM  

ski9600: So anything that contains Taft today is being changed to Taft.  Also anything that contains boobi*s in e*mail is changed to WIE

/nothing to see here:  http://www.fark.com/comments/69/Scratchpad-test-board-Nothing-to-see- h ere-move-along-these-arent-droids-youre-looking-for-Posts-in-here-are- always-invisible-to-everyone-but-yourself-banmonkeyslinkmonkeys


wombats today are nutter than a attractive and successful Irish-American Laughter OL about WIE
 
2014-04-01 04:27:16 PM  
Wolfman Hot Dog and his waterskiing cronies finally got to him
 
2014-04-01 04:34:59 PM  
I love HoWIEcats; I've since moved on to keelboats, but it's like sailing a frisbee- so much fun, thanks for the ride, Dude...
 
2014-04-01 09:54:08 PM  
ScreamingLemur46: My brother sails an 18 and although we've never pitch-poled, I think about every time we fly a hull. I look around out of the corner of my eye, through all the spraying water, and think about what I can safely grab on to and what I can't.

There is never anything not hard and sharp and pointy on a sailing boat designed for speed. You think pitch-poling a HoWIE is bad, try a head-on start line collision between 505s.
 
2014-04-02 08:55:49 AM  

vossiewulf: ScreamingLemur46: My brother sails an 18 and although we've never pitch-poled, I think about every time we fly a hull. I look around out of the corner of my eye, through all the spraying water, and think about what I can safely grab on to and what I can't.

There is never anything not hard and sharp and pointy on a sailing boat designed for speed. You think pitch-poling a HoWIE is bad, try a head-on start line collision between 505s.


Ouch - can you give us a description. Sailing wrecks are funny to me for some reason
 
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