...I spent 2 or 3 hours on the water with winds of about 8-10 mph. She moved surprisingly well, but not quite enough wind to fly a hull. I did get one out of the water briefly a couple of times though. The bravo is actually more stable than I expected. Overall a good first sail. With the light winds it was a pretty dry ride....
I totally agree with your statement here. Before I bought the Bravo, I didn't think much of it. I think people talk it down a little bit because it's performance isn't on par with the 16's and the Getaway's. But it's certainly a fun boat. So simple to use, simple to rig, stable, and faster than I had thought it would be too.
I was sailing alongside a laser, the other day, and kept pace without too much difficulty. I was also much drier because I was much higher off the water.
I'm glad you're enjoying your new boat!