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How lucky I am to have selected a Hobie 18 for my first boat back in 1980. I went to buy a used sunfish and came home with a state of the art racing machine. It is hard for even me to believe I trailered it home behind my brown VW Super Beetle, then washed it every day for two weeks until I met someone who would show me the difference between the mast and the mainsail. Now, 28 years later I'm campaigning a Lindenberg 28 in a local women's series.

I don't know why multi hulls take such an emotional beating, why people are stuck on monohulls, and why I am so unable to break into the next level of sailing success. Oh, I can get around a race course and cognitively understand many of the dynamics, it's just that my finishes are less than desirable.

Now that my summer cruise is a thing of the past, I am back at my paying job and juggling 4 boats along with a budding writing career. Oh, and did I tell you I am training my puppy to let me walk her instead of vis - a - versa, started a jogging routine, and continue to swim 3 or 4 mornings a week.

Is it any wonder I fell asleep at 3 pm today after taking advantage of a cancelled sunfish race? Sure, I should have used the time to practice, but I was beat. Anyway, back to the inspiration for this writing is Larry's blog about his first experience on a small multihull. Glad you are converting. Can't wait to get my Hobie 14 back out on the water......

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Comment by John on August 27, 2009 at 9:18pm
I sail an Oday 30 on the big water....but I'll always be in love with my Hobie 16. There's nothing like the thrill of a fast cat!
Comment by Larry Wilson on August 26, 2009 at 7:44pm
I found sails for the Hobie 16. I'll have to drive to Roanoke to get them. There is also a complete boat and trailer. Boat needs hulls probably, but I'm finding there are good cheap hulls out there. May wind up with two or three complete boats before the winter is over. Just hope that I can get the one launched and sailed at least once before the water gets too cold.Captain Riley, glad to hear you're keeping in shape!!!
Comment by Suky Cannon on August 23, 2009 at 9:41pm
Been flying across the bay on the Hobie 16 the last few days and it never fails to get the adrenaline going ~!~!

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