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I have a Hobie 14 and I would say no. The difference between a Cat and a mono hull is like the difference between a power boat and a Jet Ski. The cat is a very active boat and not built for a relaxing sail. It is very rare to have a relaxing time sailing the cat. In very light winds, maybe, but it seems anytime I was out on it, I had to be very actively involved in sailing it. Its not like you have a back rest you can lean up against.
That's not to say the Hobie is not fun, it every bit fun - its all fun, getting wet and going fast. One of my favorite thing to do in moderate winds is to have someone else sail the boat and lay on my stomach on the leeward pontoon. Watching the water coming at you with your nose 2 inches off the water is a very different perspective, as long as the skipper doesn't bury the pontoon and you get a face full of water.
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Sailing a large boat on a small lake is very tacky.
Last edited by Daveinet; 06-19-2010 at 09:55 AM.