This is accurate for the west coast. I grew up racing dinghies and matured into multihulls. I went from the Naples Sabot to an FJ to a Hobie 16 to racing on other peoples' VAL 31, F27, F28 when I wasn't crewing on a J35 and SC50. Others in the fleet have raced in their youth the International 14, Laser, and Snipe that I know of. Then we also have owners that have only been sailing a few years and the Weta is their first boat. All of the guys I am thinking of are in their 50s except for one that is in his 30s. We do have one young lady Weta skipper that crews on big boats, too.I wouldn't be surprised if the market for Wetas is a mixture of aging performance sailors (me), and less experienced sailors who want the performance experience, without the violent crashes.
a highly tweaked waveUmmm, Rick White and his crowd might finish a tad closer. Jus' sayin'...
Why is the Weta easier to move around, on paper it is not that much lighter?Fwiw, the reason I decided against a Wave is I thought it was a pita to move around on the beach. I was okay with the performance and would have added a screecher from the git go.
Take a closer look at the Wave and you can see that, effectively, it has almost a straight keel running the full length of the boat. Thus, there is no rocker to help get it on and off a its beach wheels.Why is the Weta easier to move around, on paper it is not that much lighter?Fwiw, the reason I decided against a Wave is I thought it was a pita to move around on the beach. I was okay with the performance and would have added a screecher from the git go.
Indeed if performance was the main motivation I wouldn't even consider Wetas to begin with.
I'd totally expect a Weta to be more rigid and feel more like a responsive/sensitive raceboat, but was disappointed that the wave was so much better than my (low) expectations ;-)