Making single handing easier
I''ve just changed from a 1979 Catalina 27 with a tiller and traveler/mainsheet on the stern to a Com-pac 27 with pedestal steering and traveler on the cabin top with the mainsheet led aft thru a rope clutch.
In the Catalina I had all sail controls within easy reach. Now I find I''m imprisoned behind the pedestal with the main and jib sheets out of easy reach. I always sail with my wife but one reason weve been sailing and married for 20 years is I could sail our boats on my own. An autopilot is on order, apart from that how do single handed sailors or others make their lives easier given my current setup?