I have a Tonic 23 and it is a great boat for weekend and even week long trips. It goes on a trailer easy and can be pulled by a regular large car since it is under 5,000 pounds with trailer. With no bulkheads below, a real head
, the outboard
in a well (so you can pretend it's an inboard), and almost standing room, it has many of the luxuries of a larger boat. These come at the cost of sailing ability, it is not fast and it is difficult to maneuver at low speeds (you can't steer with the outboard). It takes a few hours to launch and rig, so it's not great for a day trip off the trailer. Mine was $5,500 including outboard
, trailer, four sails
, and very much ready to sail.
As for learning
to sail, nothing beats a dinghy
where it is much easier to feel how your boat is reacting.