The Hobie Cat, a sailboat for the masses, is turning 50 with a celebration at Doheny State Beach

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Orange County Register

Prior to the Hobie Cat, invented by well-known surfboard maker Hobie Alter, sailing was for the elite.  It was a sport reserved for members of yacht clubs who had the mega bucks it took to buy a big boat.

But Alter’s design — the Hobie Cat 14, a small catamaran sailboat that became known as “the people’s boat” — changed the world of sailing when it was unveiled 50 years ago.

“It was a very revolutionary idea, hugely successful,” said Paul Holmes, who wrote the book “Hobie: Master of Water, Wind and Waves.”  “(Sailing) was a rich guy’s thing. The Hobie Cat changed everything.”

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