@OutnBacker - I would have bought a Montgomery 17 if I could have found one at the time, but it turns out the R20 is about the perfect day sailer for me, with some camping ability. But footing is the bugaboo when raising the mast. There have been some clever ideas to get around that, but I am attracted by the simple brute force solution. Sure wish I could justify the cost the Montgomery 17's descendant, the Sage 17 though.... @NevadaBlue - the main on my C-Lark had a captive foot when I bought it. When I had the sails refurbished, I had them set it up for loose foot. The improvement in light wind sailing was dramatic (although some of that might have been just from the fresh condition of the sail). With that loose foot, you can really power up when needed. BTW - the R20 has a lot of sail for its size, and it's a high aspect rig like your Hobie there. Having 500 lbs of ballast helps, but it's not that hard to handle in a stiff gusty wind. The deep low aspect sail on the C-Lark was more challenging.