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PostPosted: Tue Apr 17, 2012 5:19 pm 
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I would skip the Bravo and go straight to a Wave. Last year while in the Caribbean they were renting Waves for like $25 an hour to anyone and everyone. There was a good steady 10 knot wind and a total of 4 were out, people would just show up, pay the man, get the basics and within 10 minutes they would be out there.

I finally got my turn, told the guy I owned an H16 and he just laughed and told me at what time I had to be back.

They are quite slow compared to the H16 but very forgiving (for a cat), easy to tack and they sell all these extras for it to learn more, like a jib/spinnaker kit, trapeze (for kids probably) backrests and a traveler kit.


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 17, 2012 9:22 pm 
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BilgeRat wrote:
...I would skip the Bravo and go straight to a Wave...


I agree. Performance wise, the wave is better than the Bravo, just as the Bravo is better than the Sunfish.

To me, the Wave is the ideal boat for someone in your shoes. It won't be too much boat for a beginner, but there are plenty of quality, experienced sailors who still have a lot of fun on a Wave.

The Bravo is a good entry level, the Wave is a good all rounder, the 16 is a performance boat in comparison. All are reasonably priced on the used market.

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 18, 2012 5:34 am 
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Location: Saint John, NB Canada sailing on Washademoak Lake
My first boat was a 16, but...

Here's how it all started. I started going out with a guy at the campground that had a new Getaway a few times in May/June 2010. I was so hooked that I enrolled in sailing lessons at the local yatch club on 420 dinghies.

By mid summer, I was friends with the guy with the Getaway, he also had an older 16 that he wanted to sell. He lent it to me during my vacations in August and at the end of that week, I bought it.

By the end of sailing lessons that summer, I was White Sail (Level III) (CYA Standard).

Last summer (2011), I sailed solo a few times, a few times with my sailing buddy, and a few times with friends with no sailing experience (on calmer days).

I plan on taking more lessons. While I know the basics, I want to learn more technique.

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 18, 2012 5:45 am 
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No way, I`m living proof that it is all in your attitude. I`m 49, got my Hobie at 48, and now I sail solo all over the place. And I learned without an actual instructor on board.

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 23, 2012 6:12 am 
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Thanks for all of the tips and advice. I have decided to take the plunge and am going to look at a H14 and H16 today. The price is good and I might have to come home with both :lol: . I will keep you updated. Thanks again.


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 23, 2012 5:18 pm 
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There's confusion here about the boat you
would actually buy (ie you're going to
presumably use for at least a few years)
and the boat you would learn on.
Having been through this myself, I would
buy the 16 but rent a Sunfish or Laser
to get the hang of sailing.
As well you'll soon become bored on a Wave.
Make sure you go out on a light day with
someone who knows how to sail a 16.
If you buy a Sunfish or Laser you'll (too) quickly
wish you had a 16' Hobie. THEY never
leave you looking for the next boat.
Good Luck. Lee Metzman


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