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Re: Mostly singlehanded...what lines should I run aft?
Funny, but I've never considered myself to be an "old school advocate"... Some might be surprised at the amount of 'gadgets' I have on my own boat, and certainly when I'm delivering a motor yacht with both bow and stern thrusters, for example, I will make use of them all... Perhaps I've simply been extremely unlucky over the years, but my experience has led me to distrust the needless complexity that is becoming increasingly commonplace on today's boats.
Really? Another thing for us to compare scar tissue on someday. Maybe I'm
the old fart. Maybe I've just had one too many thruster controls wired backwards. *sigh*
One of my favorite stories with no humility at all is backing a brand new HR into a slip at the end of a fast trip from Florida to Maryland with the broker and the new owner standing on the dock. I came in absolutely dead center and lined up, crew dropped the dock lines of the pilings on the first toss, and I shut off the engine. The owner made a comment about how nice it was to have a bow thruster to which I replied "I didn't use it." *grin*
What's to prevent you from removing your wheel now, when running on autopilot? Other than the fact that a costly, gear-busting accidental jibe might some day be averted by a quick hand on the wheel, should your autopilot or joystick suddenly decide to filp out?
An autopilot losing its mind makes me really unhappy.
I keep finding boats that are missing a piece of the emergency tiller, or in some cases the tiller doesn't fit the steering head. Can you imagine?
sail fast and eat well, dave
beware "cut and paste" sailors.
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