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post #5 of Old 04-03-2004
sailingfool
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Singlehand question on buying new boat

A first comment for singlehanding is be sure the jib and mainsheets are easy to reach while at the helm position. A second is stay with smaller headsails unless you sail in the most consistent light air. I gnerally find the 125% manageable for light to moderate air, 100% when it breezes a bit. Cranking by onesself the 150 % with any air is too backbreaking and slow when single-handing.
A good underdeck autpilot is a great help, proably essential if you''re going to singlehand often.

good luck.
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