IMHO beach cats are far safer than monohull unballasted dinghies...
Good points for sure, and hobie 16 is easy to find used for a good price, plus the payload is larger than it is for a comparable dinghy...
I'm still concerned about the fact that you can't row it, and can't motor it. Here is the scenario I am afraid of:
mistake #1: misunderstand currents around islands and in strait.
mistake #2: get caught in not enough wind
mistake #3: slowed down on some unexpected kelp
Next thing you know your boat is on the reef and you are asking the seals to share their rock with you. This happened to someone in a 25 foot day sailor just across from oak bay marina quite recently.
Maybe this sort of risk is manageable through experience, and a motor is not needed?
Thanks again for your helpful comments!