I've never sailed before..I've been on my friends/neighbours sail boat a number of times up at the lake..'booze cruises' mostly..great fun, but I'm just along for the ride and drinkin beer.
I've owned a 'stink boat' for years...17ft - 90 Johnson, blah blah.
The kids are all grown and our last two vacations to the lake it's just been the wife and I. The kids maybe come up a day or two and if the lake is calm enough (rarely) we'll go out for a ski or tube ride.
The price of gas is getting outrageous! Here in Canada we pay a great deal more tax on it than in the States. Gas will soon be going to $1 a litre
(1 US Gal = 3.78 litres) - not cheap.
There was a family up at the lake this year with a Cat like vessel. I say Cat like because it had a third component down the middle...Tri-Hull ?
About 7 or 8 people got into it and away they went. I couldn't believe how many people it held. They were sitting IN the pontoons.
So, I'm thinking maybe Cat sailing looks like a great activity..at least until the gov't figures out how to tax wind!
But, my traditional sailboat owner friends say Yeah, Cats are a blast but you get wet every time out and you're very busy while you're sailing - you don't have time to just kick back and sip a cool one - Cat sailing is very much a 'hands on', total concentration experience.
The people shown here in the Hobie Getaway video and brochures look like they're just hanging out having a great time....just glossy advertizing or are my friends right?
I'm thinking the Wave is too small but the Getaway looks like a blast.
We have lots of lakes and no shortage of wind here.