I started on a H16 and had a H18 as well. I loved the speed and excitement. But, when the wife and I decided to start a family she suggested we look at a more baby freindly sailboat. After many months of looking we ended up with a Pearson 30. It will be very easy to transition from the H16 to a mono.
- The mono's can tack easily, even at slow speeds and light winds with chop
- The stuff you take with you will stay dry
- Your knees will not be all callused after a season of sailing
- If you leave it in the water there is no set up time. Just go
- If the wind dies you don't have to paddle
- Everything happens in slow motion so you feel like you are futher ahead of the boat
That said on a mono it is exciting to hit six knots and heel over 45 deg. There are several different challenges to meet. And, you actually relax while sailing. I love Hobie sailing. However it was not a good way to relax. Blow off steam, yes. Get my adrenaline pumping, yes. Relax after a stressful week at work, not so much. When my daughter is old enough I will get another H16 for her, and me, to sail, but for now I am enjoying the mono-slug.
The one thing to keep in mind is the mono's have inertia. On the Hobies the crew weighed more than the boat. On mono's it is the other way around. When learning how to dock, keep the boat moving only as fast as you want to hit something when you get close in.
If you can, keep the H16 around for a fix once in a while. If you have any more detailed questions about the transition, feel free to PM me.
The Peak Towers Pattaya