I took my new Wave with my family down to Claremont launch ramp in Long beach this afternoon for the inaugural sail, and it was great! 15 knots of wind, sunny skies, about 35 kiters out, two Trifoils, a Hoby 16, and a Prindle. What a day! We caught some great runs,even with 2 or three people on board, and managed to even impress the jaded 16 yr old son with how much fun it was, so all in all I think the purchase was the right thing to do. After the day, a number of other sailers came up, asking lots of questions and looking over the boat with a lot of admiration. Nice boat!
One question: the only thing that marred an other wise perfect day was getting the pin back out of the mast base. I had left it in (I seem to remember the Hobie literature recommending that) and when we finished the day, the pin was severely bent, and required serious pounding by the friendly Prindle skipper with a screw driver and a piece of 4x4 to get it out. Was this a mistake on my part and is the pin only intended to aid in stepping the mast? He has a similar setup on the Prindle, but relies on the shrouds and forestay to hold the mast on the ball after they are hooked up. What's the best way to do this?