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post #13 of Old 06-27-2013
akavishon
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Re: Small boat single handed hoisting

my boat has a gentle weather helm, so here's what I do: set the boat on a close-hauled tack, tie off the tiller (or wheel) so she's self-balanced. move traveller to leward and give the mainsheet some slack. when you start hoisting it won't catch much wind ... now hoist main while the boat sails herself, close-hauled. when done, tack/jibe to new heading, adjust sails, and off you go ... also works for reefing and lowering the main.
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