The Hobie 33 is an iconic SoCal boat like few others. Almost unbeatable off the wind, the long, skinny lightweight is a boat that begs for updating, in both layout and sail area. Those crazy Hippy Bros (Dad Jon Shampain and rockstar son Erik) did just that a while back along with partner Robert Plant to their 33 Still Crazy. Major cockpit surgery, layout, fat head main and more have resulted in one quick 33.
It looks like chainsaw fever is spreading as Rick Yabsley has his fixed keel 33′ at Dennis Choate’s yard for something similar with design and engineering consultation from Alan Andrews. We’ll try to follow along as they improve on the original. Might you be interested in a brand new, new Hobie 33? There is one right here waiting for your name on it!