gotta respect the experience on this board.
After a whole summer on my H212, much of the warnings from some of you were right on:
-no ballast makes her too tender and a tad scary upwind on Lake Champlain where wind can go from 0 to 20+ knots within the hour! when winds are quiet, she`s pretty quiet too. takes about 10 knots too really reach her potential, but once above 15-20, she needs a reef, so small window where she is optimal. she sure made me learn fast though !!! haha
-would need a spinnaker to see how she goes downwind, but can at least surf with the main in 10+ knots, although the spreaders easily get in the way and gotta be weary of the involuntary jibe
- not that fast except maybe surfing as stated above. Didn`t pass too many larger boats
- swing keel very forgiving.... when you hit shoals ! but again, won`t make that rookie mistake in the future.... however, keel is loud when hitting waves and some water comes in the cabin through the keel shaft
- cabin is small even for just 2, what with all the equipment and food, you`re constantly moving things around to make it liveable... let`s not even talk about when it rains !!
- love the cockpit though, VERY roomy, like a big dinghy, open transom is great when anchoring close to a beach
- Light and easy to trailer, swing keel makes her easy to put in/get out of water. Mast needs 2 to step/unstep, although I think I might be able to use the trailer crank and chain to help
- all in all, more of a daysailor than a weekender, good looking and good choice for a beginner boat. Just not sure beginners should start on Lake Champlain. That Lake made the maine coast look easy!!( can you tell I`m already shopping for a new one?)
given my GF`s back problems, I guess I should be looking at a larger boat with bigger cabin and at least sitting headroom. I still think a mini or something like it would be perfect, but seems those types are only in Europe and are $$$$, so I might just have to get a 27-31 foot cruiser...worse case I can always buy a dinghy on top of that to have fun...!