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PostPosted: Tue Sep 12, 2017 8:09 pm 
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not to mention that the H16 is fiberglass which cannot take a punishing like a getaway. Both the h16 and 17 I owned always ended up taking on water and needing repairs every year. You can take a hammer to a Getaway and all is good...


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 18, 2017 5:08 pm 
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Thanks for the input, based on that I've done some more research and thinking about it, it seems that a Getaway is the way to go.
Thank you very much for all the good posts and thoughts.

Now I'm asking more details about that!
I put up another post about what year boat I should look for.
https://www.hobie.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=23&t=61543


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 19, 2017 1:17 pm 
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You'll love the Getaway. You can lie down on the tramp and steer it with your toes (popping up, of course, to check for traffic routinely) on a 5 knot day, or scream across a flat harbor at 18 knots on one hull. I've sailed my 2010 Getaway on Lake Erie for 6 years, usually once a week during the seasons, after sailing a Wayfarer monohull for six years. Started out scared of capsizing, now flying a hull routinely when the winds are up over 15 knots. Capsized once - on purpose in a calm lake. My 220 lbs couldn't get the boat over on its side - my brother in law had to pull from the deck of his boat on a line tied to my halyard (my brother in law capsized me - there's an in-law story). I needed his help to get righted too, though he said he only pulled with about 10 lb of force, which I'm pretty sure I could get with a little help from any wind greater than 6 or 7 knots. One surprise from this experience - when the hull finally came back down, it was relatively gentle, and I could easily hold on to the righting line under the edge of the tramp and allow myself to go under and not get hit by the hull when it settled back down, though I wouldn't expect it to be as gentle if the wind was helping the boat back up.

In my experience, there are 2 keys to not capsizing (a monohull dinghy or a cat): 1. In any gusty or high wind, KEEP THE MAINSHEET UNCLEATED. 2. KEEP YOUR WEIGHT UPWIND AND AFT. Number 3 would be sail with common sense and caution - let the sheet fly if you find yourself uncomfortable, then be a little bold on the next gust and push yourself a little. So what if it takes you two seasons to get up on one hull - you'll look like a pro when you can do it with calm and confidence that comes from edging up to it. Of course, if you like life on the wild side go ahead and yank the sheet in when the hull comes up, but I'd make or buy a righting bag that you can hang over your shoulder (Hobie has one in their catalog) to scoop 100 lbs or so of water to add to your weight as you're hanging from the hull.

One other recommendation - go out sometime and rent a Laser, Sunfish, Topaz, or other small, narrow dinghy and really push yourself - capsize about 3 or 4 times and right it to convince yourself you won't die when it happens. You'll get used to the feeling and learn how far you can push before the boat flips.

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2010 Getaway "Happy Couple"


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 19, 2017 2:38 pm 
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thanks Don, looking forward to it! That righting bag is good idea, I'll look into that.
I can usually keep a dinghy from capsizing so I guess I'll get the hang of it. They do look like fun boats, found a few high speed videos that show them moving pretty well.
It does seem like a pretty versatile boat too with the ability to bring a crowd out as well. Once I get one I'll pass on the info for what I found.


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