In my obsession with smalll dinghies i have bought and sailed quite a few over the years and i can say with some objectiveness that no dinghy compares to the spindrift 12. The first time i sailed it was in light winds so it did not make much of a impression but the second time was in strong heavy winds and this sailboat handled it with flying colors. The boat was always well balanced and never felt jerky or unpredictable like some dinghies i have sailed. I tend to sail with a single lug sail for ease of use but the cat sail points higher and was not difficult to reef. The boat also rows quite well. This sailboat was by far the easiest boat to sail and i frequently taught many family members how to sail from this model. Usually i had them sailing with some confidence within the hour. Also in heavy air you can have this boat heeling with the gunnels next to the water and the boat will not capsize. I did notice under capsize that the boat would tend to turtle so i fixed that by placing a large laundry deterent plastic closed bottle at the top of the mast to prevent turtling. Also i have difficulty righting the boat so i tied a piece of rope around the seats and use that as leverage to right the boat. Being 58 i even had difficulty climbing in so i made a crude but effective rope latter. I sold my sailboat because i wanted a larger boat to invite guests but now i regret that decision. If i find another one i wont let it go. Just my two cents.