I love taking new people out on my TI, and using it when my wife wants to go out sailing with me, but I still use an AI for most of my trips. The AI is a pleasure to sail, the TI, even though it's about 1mph faster, is much more work to use. Launch, landing and working the lines and even steering are more work. I enjoy it, but if I'm going out to play, especially if the wind is possibly going to get above 18mph, then I want my AI!
Some of it may be that the AI was my first sailing boat. Or that I've spent more time tweaking my AI's to make them "MINE".
I'm glad I have my TI, but don't ever think about taking away my AI's!!
- - - - - Hobie Island Sailing since 2006 - - - - - 2011 & 2012 Hobie AIs and a 2012 TI