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Re: Small boat single handed hoisting
Really good to find this post as I have the same issues.
I can use a bungee as Jeff describes and it seems to work just fine. The main issue I have is that as soon as I turn into the wind and lose steerage the wind pushes the bow around. So I need to be pretty quick to hoist. I ordered a prefeeder and think it will help a lot.
Another frustrating item is getting the mainsheet loose enough to allow me to hoist but not so loose that the boom is swinging like a wild monkey. If I had a topping lift I'm sure it would be easier, but I don't yet.
I also need to add a couple of blocks to make my main halyard easier. On my Rhodes 19 the mast is stepped at the cabin floor with the halyard exiting there. It is cleated off at the centerboard trunk under the cabin, so I have to duck under there to cleat it off. Not far to go, but I would rather stay in the cockpit to do it.
It is great to read different solutions to the same issues, thanks all.