Hi, i'm a fourteen year old who's looking to buy a boat, neither of my parents sail, but they can do what i tell them to do adequately out on the water. Price is not really an issue.
So I have 2 questions.
1. would a 16 or a getaway be better
2.I'm about 110lbs, could I singlehand a getaway with no jib in <15knts
Yes, you will be able to singlehand the Getaway with or without jib in wind < 15 knots. The boat however does feel big and imposing when solo.
And you should sail conservatively, because in case of a capsize, you will not be able to right the boat by yourself at 110lbs...
As other mentioned, tacking without the jib is slower, but perfectly doable with proper technique.
I regularly furl the jib to practice tacking, and I don't have any problem except when I am dealing with waves.
But, IMHO, if you are 14 years old, the boat you really want is not the Getaway...
Picture yourself in 1 or 2 years from now... what you really want is the thrill of flying a hull on a Hobie 16 with your friends.
If it is too much to handle solo for now, stick with a smaller boat, or sail with a crew until comfortable.