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More than 3 on board is a progressivly bad idea.
I learned to sail on a Hobie 14 then taught on a 16 the following two summers. Unfortunately that was 20 years ago and it was on a light wind shifty mountain lake.
I am going to be renting a H16 on Oahu in a few days, would like some pointers. The boat does not get rented out above 20 knots so huge winds are not a concern. Just want some pointer on sailing this boat in heavier winds. I will take any pointers I can though.
I can't remember how to tack it but remember it was a little different. Jam over the rudder or smooth tack? Back wind the jib or let it loose for the Tack?
I will be visiting friends on the island 2 couples with kids. Will the boat hold 8 people if 2 are small? Okay I know 8 is not possible. I used to have me and 3-4 kids which was a bit awkward but the lake was narrow and wind light. What is a reasonable sized crew on a H16 in good winds?
With 8 the hulls will tend to sink and capsize is easy. I doubt they would rent it to you for more than 4, I really do. I hope not. In good wind, no more than 3.
I rented one in Oahu 25 years ago, an got yelled at for taking it too far. I felt I was fine, but I had one and been actively ocean sailing it for years. They hold you close to the beach, inside the reef.
Sheeting out a bit just as the boat comes through the wind really helps it get onto the next tack.
(when asked how he reached the starting holds on a difficult rock climbing problem that clearly favored taller climbers - he was perhaps 5'5")
"Well, I just climb up to them."
by Joe Brown, English rock climber
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