Having either option is a lot of fun and opens up smaller areas for sailing (because you can use a larger sail area and take advantage of lighter winds, hiking out to offset gusts.) Pretty much all other landsailers only have a cockpit and stick to larger areas like dry lakes and large beaches and need fairly high wind speeds to be effective.
It's easy to hike out and fly a wheel using the sail control as balance. Steering is precise and dynamically stable, and can be controlled either while sitting down in the cockpit, or hiking out on the wing-decks (easy to see in these photos, the dark decks to either side of the cockpit.)
In this photo a helmet is being used, but we found they really reduced one's ability to sail properly. Modern lightweight helmets might be less limiting, as so many new sports are develpoing more open gear. Even without helmets, we always felt safe in the Vector. Capsizing a sailcar is different from a boat, obviously, but having the cockpit to slip down into when things happen works great (as we know from personal experience!)
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