Yep, that’s right. Hobie Cats NW is no longer. They closed their doors around Halloween after what seems like 75 years in business. Memories abound of first Paul Ulibarri and then Dan Carpenter heading up the shop. I remember it on Westlake before it moved to Kirkland, and then back to Westlake. A few of us remember comp tip parties in the parking lot at the original Westlake shop. I am sure Caleb and others have memories from before then.
One door closes and another opens.
Please welcome West Coast Sailing as our new Hobie dealer. West Coast is a very passionate and avid supporter of Hobie Cat. They have been supporting our regattas for years. Besides Hobies, they also sell several other lines of dinghies. Did I mention they are passionate about their sailing? Their energy should be a great infusion into a Hobie fleet that has been gaining momentum the past few seasons.
They will be opening up a shop in the Seattle area to augment their Portland store. Look for them at the Seattle Boat show and be sure to introduce yourself.
If you are needing parts, Andrew is ‘da man’. Look them up on the web, or give him a call at (503) 285-5536.