For beach sailing the H18sx would be the better boat for you than the H20. The H18 is meant to be sailed hard and loves the beach where the H20 loves to be sailed hard as well you need to be more concerned when beaching. The pro's of the wings are they are externally comfortable to sit on as well as back support if your sitting on the hull. They give you extra storage and a perfect place for the ladies to catch some rays. If you are sailing in surf they may be in the way but only if the surf is large enough to reach the wings, if you want to go out on a big surf day simply take the wings off. We have some used H18's as well as 20's locally let me know if you have any questions.
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Panama City Beach, FL