I have rented both a wave and a Getaway in San Diego, Mission Bay. Wind guru usually shows around 5-12 MPH winds when I go. Once I went out it what seemed 15-20. Regardless of the day I have never had the bow lift out of the water while being close hauled. I have rented Lazers that I hike out on in the same conditions but it never seems to happen in either of the Cats? I am also overweight at 6 ft 265 lbs. Maybee I am to big for these boats to heal over that far? I find it thrilling when you have to hike out to keep the boat from going over like on the lazer, will I ever have this experience in these boats?
I think you just need some 20 to 25 mph wind for the Hobie Cats so you can fly a hull.