Talk:Hobart Alter

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While I certainly agree that Hobie Alter deserves his own biography page (I cut my teeth on a Hobie JT14), could we get this cleaned up so it doesn't read quite so much like it was written by a fanboy? (no offense to those who've contributed what's here.)

--Bagheera 23:14, 31 July 2007 (UTC)

Agreed, looks like an advertisement. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 02:24, 30 October 2009 (UTC)
It still reads like an advertisement or fan magazine article. Not only are there ungrammatical passages and poor punctuation, the entire tone of the article is inappropriate for Wikipedia. It should be scrapped and rewritten. What's going on with the use of a picture of a catamaran, instead of a picture of the individual in a biographical article? — QuicksilverT @ 03:31, 31 March 2014 (UTC)
I have no idea how this story evolved. I assume it could be sourced if someone wants to take the time to do it, I have now done a portion of it, will continue later if I have time. WPPilot WPPilot 00:59, 1 April 2014 (UTC)

Removed reference to Woody Brown[edit]

I removed the reference to Woody Brown and the patent for the catamaran. It was clearly placed there to spread false information by someone who believes that Woody Brown has a right to Hobie's products. Neither Woody nor Hobie were the original inventors of the sailing catamaran, they just made new versions of the invention that was patented in 1877 by Nathaniel Herreshoff. — Preceding unsigned comment added by CaliViking (talkcontribs) 15:07, 14 April 2014 (UTC) Agreed, that's out of place in this article. And while slightly OT even Nathaneil Herreshoff's claim is specious, given that Polynesians colonized the entire southern Pacific, getting as far as Hawaii, on large catamarans long before Herreshoff was born. Patenting the catamaran is as ridiculous as patenting the axe.

Alter Cup[edit]

Unless someone disagrees I think it would be good to add a paragraph about the Alter Cup, which is perhaps the pinnacle of small catamaran racing competitions in the USA.


The United States Sailing Association, the oldest national federation of sailing in North America and the organization which chooses and trains America's Olympic sailing teams, in 1986 created the Hobie Alter Cup. It is a perpetual trophy that goes to the winner of the US Multihull Sailing Championship, and was created in recognition of his many contributions to multihull sailing and sailboat racing. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 18:33, 15 May 2016 (UTC)