A Hobie 16 is not stable at all in higher winds because of its sail area to displacement
ratio. They can and probably will capsize
on their own with nobody aboard in a really good gust of wind
. I have seen it many times having raced Hobies for a number of years. I have seen Hobies blow over in the water
, blow over on the beach and blow over off of trailers onto the ground.
If you really like like the idea, a smaller cat with a much smaller rig would still get you around...just not as fast.
Hoboes 16's don't tack worth a darn without the jib
. It can be done but it takes a lot a practice and some luck.
You could lock the rudders up and secure the cross arm for towing.
You could get a Hobie 14, take the rig off and use it for rowing. I have seen that before...it also rows relatively fast.