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What is the easiest mainsail rig for singlehanding?
I am looking to purchase a boat in the 40 foot range to live on in the near future.
99% of my sailing will be solo.
I have singlehanded up to a 36 foot with conventional rigging, with no problem.
Quite a few singlehanders that i have met that are like me, approaching middle age, own boats that have in mast or in boom auto furling mains. I know that you will lose performance with these kind of set ups, but i am more concerned with the ease of handling the boat alone.
I live in San Diego, CA, where we generally have pretty light conditions. I will just be coastal cruising around this area with weekend trips to Catalina Island, and a couple of weeks in the summer cruising to the other Channel Islands.
I would not want to add the auto furler to a boat, and would purchase the boat with this kind of rig. Obviously this limits me a little.
If i fall in love with a boat, w/out the auto furling main, what would be the easiest set up for sailing solo?
I have heard about the Dutchman Flaking system, Stack Packs, and Lazy Jacks, but only know a little about them.
Looking for advice.
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Pacific Beach, CA
Last edited by BlueWaterBlair; 03-18-2012 at 06:36 PM.