DK, I really wish I was going. I'd really love to join ya'll at Camp site #41 but....Harpoonette and I will be in La Grange Fri,Sat,Sun and Mon. I am going to immerse her in fishing in the mornings and she is going to take me to see Shakesphere.
Kallenator, It looks like a great starter boat. As the others have stated that amount of pro-grip is normal and necessary. Sail it for a couple of years and it should serve you well. Sell it for what you bought it for and get a new stiff boat that will last you for ages. Carbon spars will help a lot with the lower center of gravity. You can get new spars and a sail then when your ready I am sure either Schappi or Bonezzi will sell you a new hull to move the rig over to. Getting a complete new boat is fairly pricey. Get up/past the learning curve and then upgrade as you progress.