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Old 11-05-2009
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Single-handed cruising

Hello all,
I'm new to these discussions and posted similar questions on the "Introduce yourself" forum, but thought I'd come to the horses mouth!
I haven't bought my boat yet - she's out there somewhere, and she's beautiful!
I want to single hand a 34-40 foot live aboard boat in the Caribbean - on the hook rather than in a slip.
I'm looking at the Tayana 37 - a nice solid cutter with ample tankage. But I wonder about tacking and gybing a cutter alone. Can you equip a cutter with self-tending foresails?
Also, I wonder about furlings. Are they prone to jam?
I found a beautiful Tayana ketch for sale with furling sails on the main and foresails. Would such a boat combine all the best single-handed rigging?
Any advice?
Thanks!
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