Good points for sure, and hobie 16 is easy to find used for a good price, plus the payload is larger than it is for a comparable dinghy...
I'm still concerned about the fact that you can't row it, and can't motor it. Here is the scenario I am afraid of:
Thanks again for your helpful comments!
There are several misconceptions here.
1. Catamarans are very easy to paddle with canoe paddles and two persons on board.
2. Catamarans are easy to row with one person. It will require some modifications for installing oarlocks
3. Catamarans can be equipped with a motor. I don't know why...
Hobie 16 isn't a good choice for beach cruising. Any other model and brand with more hull's volume will be better.
It is easy to prevent turtling with the mast float. (google hobie bob)
about any beach cats will require modifications, including figuring out how to reef and strike sails down
You will need skills, and equipment, including waterproof bags, and drysuits, which are expensive.
Another option is Hobie MIrage Tandem Island trimaran, or any boat out of Hobie Mirage line of sailing kayaks