I owned a 16 C for about 20 years. 8 in the bay area, 4 in S. Cal
and 8 in the Puget Sound
. I loved the boat immensely. I still long for the way she finished the water
off the stern. And what a wonderful broad reach. Great manners and easy to handle sail plan. Changes: (1) I would have dumped the cable steering
system and gone to a tiller and at the same time customized the rudder
to offer more surface, maybe deeper. (2) Somehow I would have managed to put a traveler on the mainsheet so you could control the shape of the main better. (3) The original roller furling
was awful and should have gone by the wayside. The high decks were a stretch to get aboard, but she stayed pretty dry in a blow. Amazing large cockpit
to gather in, and still about the best design below decks that I have seen. Many nice cruising boats have that arrangement and it works out very well.
She really sailed well, and I wish I still owned her. Small children
on board were difficult to track while below so once we had kids
one of us always had to be below. In the cold wet NW, the guy outside in the blow was usually me. I was okay with it, but the rest of the family
started looking pretty pale, and occasionally even green.