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Personally, I lost all respect for Hobie when they switched from catamarans to ...
... beach toys. Although I may change my tune if I can find a ride on a Wildcat. What I saw looked very intersting.
Buy a used 16, 17, or 18. Much better sailors. Or for that matter a Prindle 16 will be lighter and easier to haul (320 pounds).
Beach wheels work if it is pretty level and flat. Otherwise, with 2 people they can manage a lot.
Whether they are hard to right depends on many variables; weather (actually easier when it's blowing), size of the person, the boat, and whether the mast gets water in it. All are simple with 2 people. I like the Hobie 17 or the Prindle 16 for ease by a single sailor (160 pound minimum).
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