Bravo isn't set up to take a motor
, and won't take a second person very well. Hobie still producing this model so class still being supported. I have sailed on them some. As a large person I found them kind of small, the main sheet being rigged at the back of the boat instead of infront of the helm
was very awkward.
HOBIE BRAVO Sailboat details on sailboatdata.com
The Sunflower is a version of the Snark of which more than 1/4million have been made. As a sailboat it is rather narrow but apparently adaquate in moderate winds. Crew might not be very easy to carry.
SUNFLOWER Sailboat details on sailboatdata.com
SEA SNARK (SUPER SNARK) Sailboat details on sailboatdata.com
The Sunchaser is a larger version of the Snark, wider for better stability and carrying capacity and it looks like it is set up to take a motor. Decent learning
boat from appearances. CastleCraft Sunchaser One Sailboats | Snark Sunchaser I Sailboat
New they would run you about $3300. Light enough to cartop.
Other sailboats to consider are:
The Flying Scot is a 19 footer with seating for the whole family
and then some. Sitting on a trailer it should weigh about 1100lb, small enough for all but a sub compact to pull. They are still in production so there is continuing support. Used they should cost about $2k-3k with trailer. Boats are rigged simply which will be an aid to learning
. I have sailed several extensively and really enjoyed them.
Flying Scot® Sailboats
FLYING SCOT Sailboat details on sailboatdata.com
The Holder 20 also has a cockpit
large enough for a family
, plus it has a cuddy cabin
suitable for 2 people to overnight in, perhaps 2 adults and 2 kids
. Weight on the trailer should be about 1400-1500lb. Holders are out of production, but Hobie was the last builder
and may still be supporting the class. Prices should be similar to the Flying Scot.
HOLDER 20 Sailboat details on sailboatdata.com