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How does the Raptor compare in performance, price, and features to small catamarans?

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How does the Raptor compare in performance, price, and features to small catamarans?

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The Raptor is close in sailing performance to the Hobie Dragoon, faster to windward and comparable in performance when reaching or running. It is not quite as fast as the Hobie 16. However, the Raptor is dramatically superior to both the Hobie Dragoon and 16, and to all comparable catamarans, in each of the following ways: a) The Raptor is “car toppable” and can be launched from any beach. Catamarans require trailers to transport and launch ramps to launch. b) The Raptor sells for $4,700. The Hobie Dragoon sells for $5,995, plus about $900 for a trailer. The Hobie 16 sells for $7,995, plus about $1,300 for a trailer. c) The Raptor maneuvers and tacks like a monohull. Catamarans are notoriously slow to tack, frequently getting caught in irons and requiring that the helmsman shift the rudder and “back” the boat through the wind. d) The Raptor is very easily righted when it capsizes. Catamarans are extremely difficult to right if they capsize, sometimes requiring assistance from a rescue

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