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Re: beach cat to pocket cruiser
I had my 4 year old son out on a beach cat this winter past. It went pretty well. Conditions were lively, wind was blowing, busting through ocean surf. The boat was steady as a rock. It was a fairly modern boat, Hobie 15. Boomless main, stable with high volume hulls. It might be worth checking out one of the newer generation family oriented beach cats (Hobie Getaway etc).
I wouldn't take him out on my Prindle yet though. Too high strung. Low boom, finger slicing traveler, powerful (for her age).
Something like a Catalina 27 sounds about right for your plan. Standing headroom, enclosed head, stable, chilled out to sail, affordable.