Can your wife singlehand the boat? If not, what happens if you get knocked overboard or hit in the head by the boom??? Exactly what is she supposed to do then? This is why I advocate having a boat that the smallest full-time adult crew can singlehand.
Originally Posted by danielgoldberg
As to the point some have made about requiring that everything on the boat be susceptible to being handled by one person alone, I'm not sure I'm buying that at all, and you would be concluding that a very large percentage of boats out there shouldn't be sailed because they require crew. FWIW (I know, "nothing"), I pretty much singlehand our boat all the time, but there in fact are some things with which I need help. I don't think that means our boat is "too big," but I guess others may disagree.
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