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Re: Sailing "big boats"
Yes it is possible to solo sail a large sailboat 50+ but you will need all the mechanical advantage that progress has availed to us. One man can not carry a 100% well folded and packed cruising head sail for an average 65 footer, let alone a wet sail newly doused.
Well if the requirement becomes no mechanical advantage we are down to things like little Hobie cats with no winches.
I've taken my main off on my 43' boat solo before and even got it kind of folded in in the bag on a nice calm day. But once it was in the bag it was a chore to carry it to the cockpit without dropping it or me over the side.
Don't blow air up my rear, be useful and blow it at the sails!
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