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YES! I owned a Prindle 16, then a Stiletto 27, and now a PDQ 32.
is it worth learning to sail on a hobie cat with the future want being a larger 30 foot or so monohull? reason i ask is hobies have always held an intrigue for me. they look fast and fun. we have many smaller lakes near us to sail on. if i start with a bigger boat i would have to travel quite a ways to float it.
reason for a hobie over a small mono is simply the interest in a cat.
The lessons learned about how a multihull handles in a big wind can ONLY be safely learned on a small cat, when the penalty for flipping is getting wet on a hot day. If you had $1,000,000 in you pocket, I would say learn on a Hobie for a season. I sail my $100,000 cat with confidence BECAUSE I have beach cat expereince. I would rather have a beach cat sailor take the helm in a blow than a 20-year big boat veteran.
My blog has stuff about both the Stiletto and the PDQ.
And as others will add, the Hobie is fun. I miss mine very much.
(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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