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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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PostPosted: Wed Nov 20, 2019 2:08 pm 
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I sail and race our H16 with my son, now aged 25.
He started at age 8 with Opti's then later on BICs then on 420's, and could only graduate to Lasers once he reach 105 lbs, as that is the mass required to right a Laser.
He became very competent at doing dry capsizes on the Laser.

As SRM said, select something that 'matches' the weight/strength/ability of your young sailors.
My vote would be for a Hobie Bravo, although it might be tough to find a used one.
Next up would be a Hobie Wave, again tough to find a 'good' used one.
If you can find one, try an Italian built dinghy called an X-1: it is fast and fun.

Used Lasers and Sunfish are a dime a dozen...depending on condition.

Happy shopping.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 21, 2019 6:29 am 
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If they have no prior sailing experience, start small and cheap. I learned at about that age on a free sunfish, then stepped up to a H16. A cheap sunfish like boat is great if they have no experience. Spend $0-$200 on it. After a year replace it with a H16. As far as small sailboats go, H16's are good to learn on, fun to sail and very affordable. If you have never sailed before a H16 can be a bit overwhelming as it has a fair amount of sail and goes fast. I would not recommend sailing a H16 with just the main, as the rig is unbalanced and the boat will be difficult to tack.


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