"How in the world does one man slack the lee sheet, prepare the windward sheet, and manage the boom, all while still holding a tiller and paying attention to the speed/progress of the helm through the tack?"
Pretty much just like you said!
You'll find that first you tend to the jib, let the boom swing over, try not to over steer through the tack, set your new course, sheet in the jib on the new heading, than tend to the boom ....... all in about 5 - 10 seconds.
Pretty much just let the boom do its own thing until required you’re required to trim it.
Just like Bzeer said.
Once you get the hang of it its a piece of cake.
On a smaller (25') boat I had no problems, but on our newer boat, when I'm out in open waters with nobody around, the Robot-Pilot does the work steering the boat through the tack, and I just tend to the sheet. I have no problem with that.
Last edited by sailortjk1; 02-01-2007 at 08:40 AM.