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post #2 of Old 06-27-2004
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Making single handing easier

I single hand a Lancer 29. The halyards are at the mast step and I have no furling. Still I enjoy a sail alone a peaceful. I do have a Autohelm 2000 as a second mate and I clip onto a double crossing jackline when I am not in the cockpit. I normally raise and lower sails when I am in the main bay and quite alone (At least a 1/2 mile between me and the closest boat). I have been in some intresting weather. From ghosting along in a 3-5 knot puff one min to undergoing a 50-60 knot gust the next. I guess since I have been able to handle that I have knowledge to sail in about anything single handed. Not that I would run for shelter as soon as I could if it got nastey but I have enough confidence to be out there long enough to be able to get out of it safely...
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