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Hi guys. Well, this certainly has turned into a lively debate over night! I showed a picture of the H16 that I was going to look at this morning to my 8 y/o daughter, who has hear the whole conversation about eventually moving aboard and giving up the land. She offered the opinion that "there is no way we are going to be able to all live on that puny thing". She's adorable. The boat itself was OK I guess (although I am the first to admit that I don;t know what the heck I am looking at!). I had read about the hulls getting soft but how can you tell by inspecting it? The more I read and the more I listen to you guys the more I think that the H16 would be a great bit of fun after a season of learning on something a little tamer. Of course, I am becoming convinced that I can get very, very similar fun from a windsurfer at a great savings in space, money and complexity.
Any way, it looks as if my learning is going to be done aboard the Cape Cod Mercuries, Lasers and Rhodes 19s of Boston's Community Boating program. I looked into it at the suggestion of a friend ( I didn't think that they offered adult programs) and wow! They offer unlimited lessons, unlimited use of the boats, instruction on every thing from the basics to taking some of the larger boats "out to sea" on the harbor. For less than $300 and that includes 5 types of center-board and keel boats, wind surfers and even kayaks. AND I don't have to do a lick of maintenance!
With the display of type-loyalty that I see here I am surprised that no one has picked up on my expressed affinity for catboats.