Originally Posted by smackdaddy
Do you have an ez-reef set up and have your halyard marked?
Honestly, I'd be spooked to leave the cockpit in big wind if I were singlehanding. Maybe someday.
For now, give me crew. I'll send them forward in the stink.
No, I don't have enough turning blocks, organizers and line clutches/cam cleats to run all those lines aft. To put them in would mean ripping down my headliner on both sides, which is more than I want to get into during sailing season.
I do have reefing lines rigged, but I'd have to go up to the mast to engage them. One the clew line is on the boom, but forward, and the tack line is right at the mast.
The thing that really made it hard was the lack of a tiller tamer of some sort. I've played with the "redneck" version, the bungee line stretched across the cockpit with a couple of turns around the tiller, but these winds would have overpowered that. I need the real thing where you can clamp the tiller in place and it won't move.
Yeah, crew to do the dirty work -- that's the real ticket!