Re: Hobiecat Catamaran
If you are set on a Hobiecat for her (I know my daughter will have one when she is old/big enough) go with a 16. They are inexpensive, parts are readily available, it seems like everyone has owned/sailed them, they are lots of fun, and they can take a beating. Stay away from the new plastic ones. The hulls are not repairable and they flex way too much. If you can find a 14 with a jib that is also an option. The regular 14's with only a main are a bear to tack.
I used to be heavily involved with Hobies before I needed a bigger boat. PM me if you want more information on what to look for when buying or about the sailing qualities.