A sloop from the land of catamarans

Min./max. draft: Bridge clearance: Power: B/D ratio:

17' 0" 18' 0" 15' 0" 1' 8"/4' 2" 24' 3"

outboard 2 to 5 hp 36%

Designer: Builder:

Years produced: Sail area: Fuel tankage: Water tankage:

Ron Holder Hobie Cat 1981-1984 147 sq. ft. portable portable

Approx. trailering wgt.: 1,450 lbs.

Unlike most of Hobie Cat's boats, the Holder 17 is neither a catamaran nor a product of the fertile mind of Hobie Alter, the multihull firm's namesake. It is instead a "monomaran" from the drawing board of businessman and designer Ron Holder. First came the cabin sloop, in 1981; the next year, a daysailer version was introduced. Best features: The Holder has good sitting headroom compared to her comps. Foam flotation is intended to make her more or less sink-proof. Her relatively heavy swing keel keeps her minimum draft low for easy launching and retrieval at a ramp, while offering good stability with the keel in the "down" position. With a relatively high D/L and low SA/D compared with her comps, she should be stable in heavy air. Worst features: The steel swing keel can be a pain in the neck to keep from rusting.

Avg.

Max.

Motion

Space

No. of

Head-

Comps

LOD

Beam

MinDr

Displ

Bllst

SA/D

D/L

PHRF

Speed

Index

Index

Berths

room

Newport 17 (18)

17'

8"

6' 4"

0' 9"

600

150

34.2

63

NA

5.4

4.6

191

2

3' 4"

Picnic 17

17'

0"

6' 6"

0' 10"

700

0

41.4

87

NA

5.2

5.4

200

2

3' 10"

Siren 17

17'

2"

6' 8"

0' 8"

750

130

22.7

99

NA

5.2

5.8

144

4

3' 8"

Baymaster 18

17'

8"

6' 11"

0' 9"

750

150

28.3

99

NA

5.2

5.5

171

2

3' 3"

Holder 17

17'

0"

7' 3"

1' 8"

950

345

24.3

126

NA

5.2

6.6

207

2

4' 0"

How To Have A Perfect Boating Experience

How To Have A Perfect Boating Experience

Lets start by identifying what exactly certain boats are. Sometimes the terminology can get lost on beginners, so well look at some of the most common boats and what theyre called. These boats are exactly what the name implies. They are meant to be used for fishing. Most fishing boats are powered by outboard motors, and many also have a trolling motor mounted on the bow. Bass boats can be made of aluminium or fibreglass.

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