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How about a Flying Scot. 19', CB, approx 1000 lbs, has a main, jib and kite ???
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Thanks for all the help!

I think I am going to try and find a Hobie 18. I have looked at several other boats, but keep coming back to the Hobie idea. The only problem being that there isn't one for sale with in 300 miles of me.

For those of you with Hobie experience: Do you think the 18 is a good choice, what is the main difference between the 16 and the 18, and if you owned one in the past, would you again?

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I'd have to chime in with a few options.
Snipe - ask G- about it.
Thistle - great choice and can be competitivly raced later
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I think I am going to try and find a Hobie 18.
Hobies aren't exactly the best boats to learn on, if that is the goal for your girlfriend. They are horrible tackers (we almost always jybe our Hobie 16, is much faster). Trimming them is significantly different from a monohull - you end up almost always pulling the sail in much further unless you are headed downwind since the speed you get out of them always pulls apparent wind up ahead of you.

Very fun boats though.

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For those of you with Hobie experience: Do you think the 18 is a good choice, what is the main difference between the 16 and the 18, and if you owned one in the past, would you again?
I have only sailed the 18 a few times, but have a Hobie 16. I honestly perfer the 16 for just bombing around and beaching it (no daggerboards). The 18 seems to fight you less since it has symetrical hulls - seems to sail better (in my opinion).

Either would be great fun - but there is nothing quite like sailing at full speed up onto the beach with a Hobie 16 and not having to worry about the daggerboards.
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I am looking for a used Albacore. There don't seem to be many in the mid-west USA where I live. Does anyone have ideas about where to look other than Craig;s List & Kijiji? Thanks.
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how about a vanguard 15? double handed boat. nice one design fleet. you can find them for around 2-3k. never sailed one but they look like fun.
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How about a Mutineer 15?

I just sold one and it was a blast.

Main, rolling furling jib, planing hull, retractable centerboard, kick up rudder with hiking stick, 400 lbs.

Most also have hiking straps.

You can find a decent one with a trailer for $800-$1300.

There is a very active class association and owner's group (Yahoo groups).

It was lots of fun and good for two. One particular advantage for a beginning sailor; it will move along quite well in very light air so fundamentals can be learned without too much "tenderness anxiety".
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I'd suggest you try to find a Boston Whaler Harpoon, see Boston Whaler Harpoon Sailboats .

We have had a 5.2 in the extended family for almost fourty years. The boat is a very stable daysailer, with very good performance, and plenty of room for a couple and a mess of kids if necessary. Built like the Whaler run-abouts too.

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Have you considered a Blue Jay? Some good deals here... Sail Blue Jay - Classifieds
Flying Scot might cost a bit more, but a great boat. Pretty forgiving and a comfortable daysailer. You may be able to find a Rhodes 19...

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A hobie 16 is perfect for you, I have one of them. I got mine which was late 80's I believe for around $1,500. And that included a trailer. We tow our hobie with a station wagon and it has no problem with it even up the steepest hills. These boats are also an insane thrill to sail. Even when there are no whitecaps, we have felt like we are rocket propelled. These boats are also very powerful and can tow a waterskiier if you want but are also a physical challenge to handle. They require a lot of weight in high winds and can be hard to right. The boats that you listed differ a lot from the hobie. The vanguard wont nearly match its speed so if you are looking for a thrill, I would lean towards the hobie. The only disadvantage to it is that it is hard to bring anything on board.
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