Originally Posted by Buccaroo
Sailing under the jib alone, as is sometimes done in keelboats, usually results in loss of helm control in a dinghy
Yeah, I found this out the hard way when I was learning last year. I was "motoring" (electric trolling motor) back to the dock, I got stuck in some weeds and decided I needed to unfurl the jib to get unstuck since the motor was useless, since it was easier than raising the main, which was already dropped, and the boom unhooked and in the cabin. All I did was spin around in circles, I had to furl the jib, get the boom out, unroll and raise the main, and then I could finally free myself. At that point I decided to try and sail to the dock, and almost made it
It was into the wind and I missed by 3 feet or so, had to drop the motor, so as to not look like an idiot in front of all the PWC's. I was using their launch since it was just 2 docks and a wide open bay.