Single handing a boat isn't a gender specific thing... especially if you consider sailors like Dee Caffari and Ellen McArthur.... who have proven that women are just as capable at single handing a sailboat as men are. It is more an attitude of the sailor in question. Some sailors, both women and men, don't have the proper attitude or self-confidence to singlehand a boat and never will even try. Others see it as something that just needs to be done....
The other thing that helps you singlehand a boat is experience with the boat in all different situations and conditions. If you know your boat, then handling it by yourself isn't as much of an issue.
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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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