I'm about like you, Canibul - sailed a "Wave" on a weekend, and own and regularly sail my old 16. All I know about the "Getaway" is what I see in the pictures...
The Hobie site says it "comfortably accomodates six adults". I find that difficult to believe for a 16'7" boat. I have taken my 16 out many times with 4 adults aboard, and it will sail but rather piggishly. I do like the forward tramp on the Getaway, but if you're doing any serious sailing, you wouldn't want much weight up there or you'd risk pitchpoling. The roller furling jib
is nice, but you can convert a standard 16 to a roller if you want.
We have a ton of fun on the 16. I like to take my daughter and her friends out on it. The little kids
stay on the tramp, and the older ones like to ride the forward hulls, especially if I can find some boat wakes to shoot over.
Having bought my 16 in so-so shape for less than $1000, and then put maybe another $1000 into a new tramp, various rigging
, and trailer repairs
, I am convinced that just about anybody can have a lot of fun with family
on a 16 without hurting the budget
. The thing is, there are a kazillion of them out there for sale
- it's the world's most common sailboat! Spare parts
and upgrades are easy to get and not expensive.
I was not very impressed with the Wave. It was a cute little boat, easily handled, hard to get in trouble with. Slow and bobby, like a couple of plastic soda bottles with a sail. The Getaway looks a lot more like a real sailboat, like maybe they were trying to recreate the magic of the 16 in a rotomolded version.
Question: If you bang into a rock or otherwise get a hole in your rotomolded hull
, how do you fix it? When my 16's hull
edges (keels) got too thin from too many years of being dragged on and off beaches, I added about a half-inch back onto them with epoxy
resin. A grinder to shape them, and some sand paper, and we're back in business.