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Submitted: 06-30-2011 by Kirby
We have both a 2008 Hobie AI and 2010 Warren 15.5 sail. Though similar in design, we found out they are totally different animals. We upgraded to the Warren tri because the Hobie seemed slow and heavy in light winds. The Warren was easier to car-top and transport when RV'ing.
For those looking for a strict sailing craft where performance is key, nothing can beat the Warren tri. In light winds, she is faster than just about anything out there, even the sailboarders and mega-catamarans. She is only 67 lbs including sails and amas, super light and very responsive. Acceleration is incredible.
In winds over 15 knots, we stick with the Hobie however, which rides drier. But for light air performance sailing and ease of car-topping (can launch anywhere quickly), I would splurge on the Warren tri if you can afford it. The cost is nearly double the Hobie tri however so watch out. That is probably due to the high cost of carbon fiber these days...
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