Before I bought the Wave today and hauled it home I was serious about 2 other boats:
- A SmartKat Race version of an Inflatable Cat built in Austria (VERY expensive, but folds down to 2, 6 foot long bags suitable for airline travel at 100lbs total.)
- Another Austrian - Grabner Happy Cat Ultralight. Almost the same same boat as the SmartKat but has a Foredeck option that allows storage for camping gear. (Again VERY expensive but comes in at slightly over 110 lbs in 3 bags [optional] suitable for airline travel).
I have made my decisions based on what I want locally (yet an inflatable Cat may be in my future to sail in places that only an airplane can access.)
So what does this have to do with the Wave?
Quite simply, that if we and Hobie used some brain power, would it be that tough to build a small foredeck to act as not only a storage rack but to use tramp loose weave nylon material such as is used on the actual tramps to act as also a spray shield?
In truth, that beats the heck out of sawing holes into your hulls.
That's my theory and I'm sticking to it.
For those that have read the 'Hooter' thread, having the ability to manage a large head sail by having access to a Wave Foredeck, would certainly not hurt their access to either the sail or a safe place to stow their Mother in Law...
(I would assume?)
Let me know what you think, please. (Mother in Laws excluded as I have enough potential legal problems already).