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post #17 of Old 09-27-2006
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Originally Posted by rossir
EagleSailTwo: Do you singlehand? 40' sounds like too much boat for me, but then again, I only have a 14 footer - so much I need to learn!

While this boat is new to me, I am still getting acquainted and learning this boat as I go. I haven't yet tried my mizzen, haven't even bent it on! My auto-pilot, an old Autohelm 4000, worked once! I plan now to install a new auto pilot. To answer your question, yes one can single-hand this 43' ketch but I would not think of trying to raise the main without a working auto pilot! I have taken her out alone and only let out the furling jib, easy to do and you don't have to leave the cockpit!
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