I’ve satisfied my need to sail for years now solely with my windsurfing quiver. Windsurfing is fun; but it is also not quite like “proper sailing”. First off, it’s a serious workout, and anything more than two hours just wears me out. Secondly, it’s all about speed. It’s possible with my big board to tool around in light winds, but I’d rather be planing, so I generally don’t go unless the wind is up and strong. Finally, they are limited in adjustment – you can’t change the sail area without completely re-rigging a new sail. Pick the wrong sail for the conditions and you can ruin a session.
For the last 3 summers I’ve looked at Hobies, namely the Tandem Island sailing kayak/trimaran. This year I pulled the trigger. It took some doing…had to clear out a bunch of toys that were for the most part collecting dust – but I got it.
To say I’m pleased would be a gross understatement. The thing sails like a dream; points well close-hauled; performs nicely on a downwinder, screams along the beam reach. The first time I took it out, I unfurled the sail and she took off with a bone in her teeth – too much sail! No problem – pull the furling line, the sail reefs and voila – reduced sail area, better control. I’m still shaking her down – haven’t even come close to pushing her – but man what a joy. Comfortable, roomy out on the trampolines, easy to rig, transports on the top of the truck…why didn’t I do this sooner?