I bought a new Hobie 16 and I think that the dealer at La Trinite went through his store and put every single faulty piece of junk together that he could find. It took ages to get the wreck up to speed. I deepley hate that individual boat - it messed up a whole youth career!
The proa (it has 2 hulls) that two guys had built out of aluminum ducting from a description on the internet. They tried to sail it but, the main hull just folded up and it sank. They were going to leave it, but the Deputy that patrols the park had a talk with them and they hauled it away.
The cheap inflatable catamaran (vinyl round hulls, no centerboard, flat plywood rudders) I heard that one of the local discount places was selling them for $99. I saw 4 or 5 of them in the late 80's. In no case did the sail go well.
The tunnel hull Moth. Think 75 lb Hobie Bravo with a good sail rig. The Class Association outlawed all forms of multihulls. If they hadn't outlawed them, we would have a real 12 ft sailing class now.
My vote would go to the Moth Class Association as lower than the cheap inflatable.
What about this one? They only raced it twice and then couldn't even give it away.
I'd say that WAS one of the best (Most expensive and costly to maintain but still...) until a couple of weeks ago.
"I said, now, I said ,pay attention boy!"
The cure for anything is salt water - sweat, tears, or the sea Isak Dinesen If a man is to be obsessed by something.... I suppose a boat is as good as anything... perhaps a bit better than most. E. B. White
I remember someone telling me ~1973 that if you could not afford good wooden rudders, aluminum rudders were better than the fiberglass. Both the aluminum and fiberglass rudders bent but the aluminum ones could be bent more times before they broke