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 Post subject: Hobie 16 Sail Size(s)?
PostPosted: Tue Dec 01, 2020 9:36 am 
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Water: Lake Michigan (Chicago); other fresh water lakes- have access to beach storage and easy shore launching for a Hobie 16 or Getaway or even Tandem Island

Time on Water: Weekend Day Sails 1-3 hours

Problem: Family is uncomfortable on sail boats when the boat hikes, especially in large waves or chop. I'd rather have my family join me and sail with more 'stability' and less speed than to sail alone.

Solution(s)???

On a Hobie 16 or Getaway can you use a sail with less sail area to simply reduce force?

Would the design limitations of the TI cover my bases?

Other ideas??


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 01, 2020 4:59 pm 
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I think a Getaway would be preferrable over a H16 for your needs. It is much more stable in all directions than the 16 and has a stock furling jib to reduce sail area. You could probably also look into adding reef points in the mainsail to further reduce sail area. The getaway also has a lot more tramp area and optional wing seats for more passenger room. The 16 is pretty limited to two people, maybe three at max depending on their size/weight.

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 06, 2020 1:23 pm 
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Lake Michigan often has some pretty serious chop. And the issue with a catamaran is they are pretty binary, either on their feet or on their sides. So your family may be uncomfortable with heeling in a monohull, but will they be comfortable with a capsize? Reefing the sail (I had reef points added to my Getaway mainsail) reduces, but doesn't eliminate the possibility of a capsize.
Also, cats are a very wet ride, particularly on choppy water.
I don't think of catamarans as "stable", they just have higher "initial stability". The heeling action of a monohull is spilling wind and lowering the possibility of capsize. If you are going out on the big lakes when the wind and chop is up, a keelboat is safer than a catamaran in my opinion. You will heel, but not capsize (in reasonable weather).

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 18, 2020 4:41 pm 
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Thank you for the feedback.


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