Re: Cruising Caribbean Single-handed
That's great information, thanks. I've had some of those debates over boat size and experienced it myself in my 40 foot ketch. It was much easier to manage than my previous 30 foot sloop. But, dividing the sails was probably the main difference. Mainsail furling would be great, no doubt. Almost every boat has furling head sails. I would like a cutter rig best and if I went with a 40+ footer I would not get a sloop unless I was lucky enough to find one with main furling, either boom or mast. I'm not sure what cost or difficulty in switch from hanked on boom to roller furling boom. But, alternative would be as you said, to shorten sail for nights, or I would unless absolutely no sign of weather.