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If you're learning, then I would stay in the "middle" of the sailing performance range, with a nice "vanilla" boat that will re-sell easily if you want to move up later.
Me, I wouldn't start out with a Hobie. Catamarans reach fast, but aren't very good upwind boats and take all day to tack. And the McGregor 26 is a weak sailer, kind of a "spork", part sailboat, part motorboat, and good at neither (though versatile and trailerable).
How about a nice Flying Scot or something like that? Only about 900 pounds, and plenty of room for the four of you, nice medium-performance boat--okay in light air, good in a breeze, rugged, forgiving, and if there's a fleet in San Diego, you could end up racing too.
Last edited by nolatom; 08-12-2010 at 10:31 AM.