Looking at your picture, it doesn't matter what boat you have, a new sailor should not be out in those conditions. (and I don't see any boats around, so maybe the experienced sailors understand that fact too). When you say that "in the winter the waves are even bigger" you're right, but there aren't many new sailors who are going to go out on the Great Lakes in the winter. Let's be real. The Great Lakes are perfectly suitable for most Hobie products. I live on one, and was able to sail my AI the entire summer with very few exceptions.
Sometimes there's a bit of elitism on these boards when it comes to the Adventure Island and Tandem Island. We all understand they're different then a Cat, but let's not act like they're not Hobie's. They're great boats for certain users, and in my case, a perfect boat for a new sailor.
My thoughts exactly.
I've greatly enjoyed every Hobie product I've ever used over the past 24 years. If I were to upgrade from a TI to another Hobie product, a high performance cat would be the obvious choice, but they don't offer a head, galley and sleeping berth - which are requirements for our next bigger boat.
And no, a Hobie 33 monohull doesn't cut it. If Hobie made a 34 foot cat with a full cabin and 18 inch draft, we'd be all over it.