Re: New sailing j-22 to a Hobie wave
Your experience sailing the Hobie is fully transferable to larger more complex boats. That the hobie is tougher to tack and that it doesn't have a jib will, if anything, make you a better sailor.
The fact that you are sailing a small highly responsive boat will make you a better sailor. You can see the effects of wind current waves etc on the boat. You get instant feedback to any input. That is something that doesn't happen on a larger boat.
The number of hulls has nothing to do with the actual learning to sail part of the program. When you transition to a monohull you will find it only a matter of learning that particular boat's characteristics. But the basics of sailing are the same, set course trim the sails and off you go.
BTW, there have been some grueling long distance catamaran races. The Worrel 1000 and Hog's Breath come to mind. Over 1000 miles of ocean racing. Not say you want to race in the ocean for days - only to say that your little Wave can take you places. You can learn to navigate and sail it all around the Gulf. I know that's not the goal, but just so you know, the boat is up to it.