Sailing this little Hobie Tandem Island trimaran/kayak around here in this crystal clear water
, it's really fun sailing. We've hit 11 kts once ( measured with a GPS
, yeah, but I wasn't using it to sail with. Just to check speed) and ten knots a half dozen times. Doing ten knots with your butt at sea level is exhilirating.
It's literally 'seat of the pants' sailing, and having my feet strapped to the Mirage Drive pedals to give it a couple kicks when I want to tack close and keep fall off to a minimum....I think it actually gives one a very physical connection to the action of the boat
to the wind
and waves. Both hands and feet engaged at times. And quick! We love taking it up the lee side (sandy side) of a long cay like Water
Cay here, with a 20 kt. NE trade wind
blowing over the low island. The sail is up in the wind and there's not enough fetch to make the chop too miserable, yet you still have the incoming swell from the ocean over the reef. It's like a little go-cart. the sailing equivalent of flying a helicopter. Plenty of room for two with coolers and a dog.