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PostPosted: Thu Jun 25, 2015 3:19 pm 
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Over the years I have owned Hobie Formula 18's, a 21, a Nacra 5.8 and a Mystere 5.0. I am older, fatter and want to take my kids sailing on a lake. There are several 18's, a nice 16, a 17 sport and a 20 for sale. I just missed a SX and a magnum, but a 20 Miracle is available. I have heard these are very sensitive race boats and constantly need tweeking and are a complicated boat for a recreational sailor. I am more concerned with weight. I am bumping 300 and each kid which would go out one at a time are 125 ish so I'm thinking the smaller boats may not be ok. I need some imput from 20 owners may of you also have 16's or have sailed them or 18's. I only want to buy one boat and not the wrong boat. We are not going to race. Help please!

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 25, 2015 4:08 pm 
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Joined: Tue May 27, 2003 12:44 pm
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Location: Oceanside, California
The 20 is a Cadillac ride. You don't need to tweak anything. They also can handle the weight better than an 18. I love the 20.

Matt Miller
Director of Parts and Accessory Sales
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Hobie Cat USA

PostPosted: Fri Jun 26, 2015 10:43 pm 
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Joined: Sat Nov 26, 2011 11:35 am
Posts: 261
Location: Memphis, TN
+1 on the hobie 20.
you can de-rig the jib to a slower simple 2 way like a Hobie 16 but the room and buoyancy on the boat is great. Get it if its in good condition.

Tim Grover

Memphis, TN fleet 134
Hobie 20! G-Cat5.0 and 2 Hobie 14's
Photobucket now wants $100 to post pics on forums......... pass.

PostPosted: Sat Jun 27, 2015 12:55 pm 
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Joined: Mon Dec 22, 2008 7:02 pm
Posts: 519
Location: Rockford, IL
For fun sailing with a bunch of people, I don't think you can beat the Getaway. There's a late model on listed for sale on the Getaway forum.

Yet another Bob!
"Firefly" - 2012 Hobie Getaway with wings and spinnaker
"Sparky" - 1978 Sunfish (OK, it's not a Hobie, but it's a fun little craft)
Too many canoes and kayaks

PostPosted: Thu Jul 09, 2015 12:49 pm 
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Joined: Mon Jun 20, 2011 9:22 pm
Posts: 262

I LOVE the 20 (have 2) and the 18 (have many)........but..........I think the better boat for you and the (learning) kids is the 18. The 20 can be over powered and when you let the kids go on there own, the 18 is almost indestructible (I said almost). The 20 has thinner hulls, more expensive sails and is more complicated.

The 18 is simple, cheap, strong, thick, and will handle your weight. Teach the kids and let them fly......

H18 '85
H18 '89 "Knotty Passion"
H20 '96 "20/20 Vision"
Fleet 259 Central Coast California

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