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woman singlehanders

Dear fellow sailors, I''m just wondering if other lady singlehanded sailors out there have fresh new ideas/tips to share. The love of my life, a 31'' cutter-rigged sailboat, & I are from great lakes and are now near FL Keys. I''m a long-time liveaboard & prefer to cruise without crew but enjoy caravan cruises/sails with other boats. What do other singlehanders out there think about things like rollerfurling vs hanked-on when in heavy weather? Do you trust tiller (or wheel) pilots & use them? Have any other lady sailors been treated unusually by male sailors when they find out you singlehand? Mostly, people are great but I''ve had some guys treat me rather strangely when they see me handling my big boat alone. It''s no fun. Is this because sailing is traditionally men''s "territory"? Why are so many fellows uncomfortable with independant gals who''d rather sail & repair their own boats/engines/ect.? I can''t help being curious about other people''s experiences in this area...
Anyways, thankyou for this great site & for sharing.
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