A buddy of mine had a Rhodes Mariner 19 footer with a centerboard model that was a great little trailerable boat. We sailed it out of Deltaville, VA on the Chesapeake.
I now have an old Tartan 27' (also centerboard model) that is now just up the Hudson from NYC which draws only 3'6" with the board up. I know of at least one other T27 that is on the Great South Bay somewhere, not sure about Moriches.
It is kind of amazing what waterline length (LWL) and hull and rig shape and setup can do to improve boat speed. Your adventures on a Hobie 14 kind of prove that. The slightly longer beach cats (16' - 18') had a bit more buoyancy and less tendency to pitch pole and were still super fast. I rented a Prindle 16' once down in St. Thomas.
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