No, but that should be a major consideration when looking at larger boats. Many larger boats become a huge problem if the primary sailor is injured or incapacitated in some way. There have been quite a few stories about boats having to be abandoned when one person out of the couple sailing aboard her was injured or incapacitated.
Originally Posted by danielgoldberg
It depends on the circumstances. Under most, she could manage to get the boat into port. But if everything goes wrong and the situation turns very ugly, and all the things go wrong that could go wrong, then who knows, to be candid. But the same holds true for me under a variety of circumstances. If you are going to cruise with kids, the practical reality is that there always are going to be theoretical circumstances where those on the boat might need help. That's just the reality, and it's the case just about every day on the water with, I dare say, the majority of the boats out there.
Are you suggesting that only boats that can be single-handed should be sailed? Really?
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