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post #14 of Old 12-11-2012
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Re: Top 10 Sailboats Easiest & Best to Single Hand

posted by MarkofSeaLife :"Very few have sailed on ten different boats solo so how the hell would they know? You will just get drivel."

he has a point, but even with this in mind, many sailors know what it takes to single hand even though they have limited experience on many different boats. Take my Tartan 37 for example, I single hand it often and know what it takes. It really is set up fairly well, although one point of contention is that you have to leave the helm to adjust the main at the companionway. Not bad if you have a decent autopilot or if you lock the helm down for a moment but it would be nicer to be able to reach it from the helm. Otherwise, I would say not a problem. The draft is sweet at 4'-2" (centerboard model) and stable enough to take offshore (48% ballast/disp) 272 disp/length ratio, 16.1 sail area/disp.

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