RockyPointRookie - It appears that you're doing your research before you buy, and I think that's great!
You mentioned earlier about a H16 & H18, both with trailers. Is there also a Prindle 18 with a trailer for sale??? Sale price? Condition?
H18...Prindle 18....If they are both equal I'd go with the Hobie 18 for two reasons: (1) These Hobie Forums. I don't believe there's a Prindle forum. (2) Cinco De Mayo Regatta where you can go with your Hobie and get some "hands on" help and advice. You admitted to being new to sailing.
Keep asking questions before you buy. You're a smart man.
Read other comments on these forums about what to look for when checking out a used boat and trailer for sale. Check the Hobie 18 portion of these forums.
Thank you very much for your flattering words, and yes, I am typically someone who thoroughly researches things before jumping in. The best advice so far was to get the highest quality portable VHF radio, I had not thought about that one. Then I will get the frequency of the port and the Mexican Coast Guard. Also perhaps getting a second radio to leave on shore with a friend when I am out sailing. I like to cover all my bases! Furthermore, I will get a waterproof bag for my cell phone and have the number of a few local fishermen who may be ready to help for $50. Hopefully I will not need any help at any point but again, I like to be safe.
Here are the two 18' boats:
Unfortunately, the 16 Hobie is located right here in Mexico right down the road from where I am. The owner will probably rig it and sail it with me prior to me buying it.