nice pic, charles. grew up sailing hobie 14s & 18s w/ my dad off the beach here. had some really good times riding waves in the inlets.
my good friends farther grew up in NJ, he tells me stories of sailing the H 18 in NJ and launching off massive waves. Hobie would approve. I think every surfer should be a sailor and I also think that the Hobie is the best thrill for those speed freak and mother nature junkies also called surfers lol
ha! yea, we got some seriously confused & concerned looks launching through shorebreak more than once. first time i ever came close to dying was when my dad was teaching me how to use the trapeze lines. i'd just unhooked when the mainstays failed & the mast toppled over. i think i was 11 or 12 at the time; it took me a while to be interested in trying that aspect of sailing again.
i really want to get one myself now that i'm grown up & starting a family. that's definitely something i want to share & pass on to my kids.
THe hobie catamaran is such a versatile and robust cat. The asymmetrical hulls and no need to use dagger boards is my favorite part. In maine i launch from mud flats sometimes and sail through only a few feet of water, then head way out into the blue. I once sailed 16 miles on one tack from york beach maine to hampton beach NH. My bother and I were dual trapezed the whole way. it was life changing im telling you guys catamaran sailing is heroin. once the boat generates speed you bear away from the weather and sail the apparent wind and just absolutely scream!!