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Hi all,

I am hoping to get some advice on a first cat to buy. I have been looking online mostly at Caper Cats, Maricats, and Calypsos. I haven’t got a heap of sailing experience, and my only cat experience is with non-turbo Hobie 14s - so I thought a Calypso 16 and definitely a H16 would be too much to handle.

I have no intention of racing, it would mostly be used for lake sailing at Lake Cootharaba or Wivenhoe dam in Queensland.

I think I'm most attracted to a Caper Cat but had a couple of questions I couldn't find online. How do they compare to the Maricat and Calypso 16?
How much weight / how many people can you get on a Caper Cat? From what I’ve read it seems to be possible to load them up more than a Maricat? It would be good to be able to go out with a couple of mates.
How do they compare in terms of ease to sail single-handed?
Is it easy to get the mast up and rig by yourself?

Thanks in advance,

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