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PostPosted: Wed May 30, 2018 8:08 am 
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Looking for used Hobie cat for grandkids age 10-15. Need suggestion for size. Thinking about 16'


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PostPosted: Wed May 30, 2018 2:58 pm 
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I wish I'd had a grandparent like you.

My inclination would be that the H16 might be too much boat for 10-15 year olds. They power up fast in a breeze and could be hard to right when capsized. I don't know how much experience the gk have or how big they are, but my generic recommendation would be to look at a Bravo or Wave. They are more indestructible than the fiberglass H16 and easier to right. I suspect something like that would probably be more fun for them until they graduate to a H16 that their grandparent buys for them.

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PostPosted: Wed May 30, 2018 3:11 pm 
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difference between bravo and wave???????


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PostPosted: Thu May 31, 2018 5:39 am 
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Isn't that easily researchable?

Try here https://www.hobie.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=24&t=33656

and here https://www.hobie.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=42&t=43951

and here https://www.hobie.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=24&t=35616

all the specs for each:

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 01, 2019 9:31 am 
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It depends on how much sailing experience your grandkids have, how much you expect them to sail, where they plan to sail... a lot of factors.

A 10 - 15 year old with sailing experience and who is sailing in appropriate conditions can certainly handle a Hobie 16. However, if they have no or minimal experience, it is going to be too much boat to learn on and they would be better off on a Wave or a Sunfish/Laser type boat.

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