Designed by the legendary Hobie Alter in 1969, the Hobie Cat 16 is one of the most popular catamarans ever.
The 19-foot VX One Design is available with three different sail plans to cover a wide range of skill levels. Link to Larger ImageHoistable Swivel and FurlerThe VX uses a 435 Small Boat furler tucked into the bow to keep the jib tack low and the jib out of the way when launching or retrieving the boat. IceboatingWith speeds hitting 50-100+ mph and your body suspended mere inches over the ice, iceboating is the fastest winter sport and one of the most intense sailing experiences there is. Link to larger imageMainsheetThe tapered mainsheet runs from a ratchet and two 75 mm Carbos to a 4:1 purchase. Designed in 1965 by Skip Etchells, this 35-foot trailerable keelboat is popular with sailing families and young up-and-comers. Link to Larger ImageMast PullerThis unique underdeck arrangement bends or straightens the mast by pulling just one line. Link to Larger ImageJib SystemThe gross-trim allows the trimmer to sheet in quickly, while the fine-tune permits micro adjustments when the wind is up and the loads are heavy.
Same great OneTouch handle, but uses a standard hand grip configuration (no large orange Palm Grip top).
Traditional locking winch handles employed the use of a rotating square plate operated by a small thumb lever. To do so, you either have to twist your wrist 180 degrees (try it), or re-trim the handle so that you can get sufficient leverage to push the thumb release. With the Dax OneTouch all you have to do is reach over, grab the handle, and lift it out of the winch!! The grab bar (grey) and the main handle body (black), are produced via high pressure injection molding.
A specific example of how this was used to great advantage can be seen in the resolution of stresses related to the hand grip.
This insert is cast as part of the injection process and becomes fully integrated into the strength network.
Races for the dual set of grade-one Acetel ball bearings are formed into the grip during the injection process.


The Octogonal (the main drive gear inserted into the top of the winch) is made from 6061 T6 high-strength aluminum.
The Locking Pins, which secure the handle into the winch, are of 316 marine grade stainless steel.
The octagonal is fully anodized to protect against corrosion and has been subjected to extensive salt tank testing. Similar to the grip rod and its base, the Octagonal is part of the main body casting process. Finally, the main body and the grab bar sections are fully cross-ribbed and braced to ensure full structural integrity along the entire length of the handle.
Inducted into the Sailing Hall of Fame, this two-person, double-trapeze cat is simple to rig, easy to sail, and amazingly fast. Crewed by two or three, the VX features a plumb bow, a lightweight but tough planing hull, carbon-fiber spars, flat-top mainsail, and chines that run from transom to bow. The 464 hoistable ball bearing halyard swivel allows the sail to be raised and lowered without removing the headstay. Speed generates more speed in iceboats—while "soft water" yachts eventually succumb to hull drag, nearly frictionless iceboats can use apparent wind to reach speeds 2 to 4 times the true wind.The DN IceboatThe DN, the smallest iceboat at 12 feet but the largest class, was first crafted by enthusiasts in the Detroit News' wood shop after it won the paper's 1936 design contest.
But race an Etchells and you’ll also run into sailing greats like Gary Jobson, Russel Coutts, and Dennis Conner. Instead, two transverse locking pins located within the Octagonal (see below) ensure positive lock and operation.
The material is glass-filled nylon which, while being very lightweight, is extremely strong. A two-step process, this test equipment first sprays the part with highly-concentrated salt water for a 24-hour period. It is secured within the handle by a series of machined groves around which the nylon flows, ensuring full-strength integration with the main handle body. This cross ribbing (again a CAD-derived design), not only provides sectional rigidity, but is the key to the extremely high strength to weight ratio of the handle. Thousands of sailors and fun seekers enjoy "The Hobie Way of Life" and make the social and racing activities offered by fleets around the world central to their sailing lifestyles.


The swivel is independent of the headstay so the luff can be tensioned separately from the mast rake.Link to Larger ImageMicro Track and Self-Tacking Jib The custom 13 mm Micro track is curved to a ‘W’ shape allowing the jib to come as far aft as possible.
Most of the 2000 members of the class build their own DN's, lending the boats to significant experimentation within the rules. Pulling the cars forward pushes the boom into the mast, rotating the spar for a deeper pocket. In addition, the thumb lever was difficult to reach, often requiring the use of two hands to activate the handle.
The process is particularly adept at incorporating the use of other, purpose-built, components which results in a material diverse, yet constructively coherent, finished unit. Instead, it's mated to a 3-inch aluminum insert specifically designed to both manage, and transfer, the torque loads forward to the main body sections. It's just anther example of the "build for strength" approach used throughout the design and build of the Dax OneTouch. The travel of the car and the jib sheet are controlled from the cockpit with a 205 swivel base.
It tacks through 70-degrees, is sensitive to subtle tuning and trim adjustments, moves well in a light breeze, and absolutely flies in 20 knots. Having to use two hands to release a winch handle is far from desirable, especially so when sailing in an active seaway. The equivalent of years of exposure to the salt-water environment is achieved in a fraction of the time as a result of this testing.
Two 150 Cam-Matic® cleats—one facing up, the other down—bolt to the arm of the 205 swivel base.



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