Don't think the Dragoon will get you there. There was used one near here for sale, but I didn't look at it because it just wouldn't fit my needs. Too small.
Interesting that you mention the 450, Oerterch, because that and the 500 were up there on my list. Never could find one, even to look at. The dealers are not to be found, also.
Failing that, has anyone messed with " pimping" a wave? Add some square footage and somehow extend the hulls to compensate?
I looked at Rick White's Hooter for the Wave. That looks very logical, but it was pricey.
The happiest sailboat would be one that sets up as easily as the Wave, is as manageable in size and weight as the Wave, is as simple to maintain as is the Wave, can carry as many people as the Wave, and sails as fast as a 16.
Isn't this what we all want? No muss, no fuss, and fast enough in 5-10 mph air?
I hoped for the H15 to be imported. Pretty close to fitting all the criteria above. No hope there.
Because it was designed to cruise in 5-10 mph air, I started looking at the Isotope.
Nice boat, smallish.
So, then I started looking hard at the F16 Blade. Can be sailed one up or two up. But, IMO, too much boat for a weekend warrior.
Finally, I realized what I was looking for was a hybrid, like a hybrid bike -- something between a mountain bike and a road bike. It does not yet exist in sailboat...
So, to answer the first question, the logical step is the 16. But if you find an FX that is really priced right.....