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Can you help me make a list of Small (18' - 20' ) keel boats that can be single-handed? (Single-handed for day sailing. For racing, 2 or 3 up is OK.)

For example, a Cal 20 and a VX One are at opposite ends of the spectrum, but can both be sailed solo. On the other hand, a Star is too demanding for single-handed sailing in more than a few kts of wind.

What other small keelboats can you think of that are not difficult to solo?

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Small Keelboat for Solo sailing

I sail a 28 foot boat single handed and have a friend that single hands a 32. Rather than focus on The size of the boat I'd go with what is most comfortable for what you plan to use the boat for.
Things like roller furling. Bringing lines to the cockpit and using an autopilot or tiller tamer will make most anyboat easy to singlehand.
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Re: Small Keelboat for Solo sailing

I use a tiller pilot on my 25, but I single handed before I had that...

Like others said, it's really not the size of the boat, its how it's rigged. For me, the biggest advantage was the tiller pilot, so long as I have water, I can lock in a course, and go fiddle with sails/trim/whatever. Tiller pilot, best $400 I ever spent.

If you plan to launch/retrieve from trailer solo, then I strongly suggest you consider how easily you can raise/lower a boat mast. I'm thinking through how to do what I did with my 22, now on my 25. I am sure I'll come up with something though. Then I'll be solo launching this thing too.

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Rhodes 19. I sailed a keel model for many summers in my younger years. Great boat and really holds its own in a good blow.
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Re: Small Keelboat for Solo sailing

Ideal 18 w/ self-tacking jib.
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Re: Small Keelboat for Solo sailing

Dude,

You live in the OC and haven't heard of the Schock Harbor 20 ? You seriously need to get out more

The waters of Newport are thick with Harbor 20s. They race 5 days a week in Spring-Summer-Fall and weekends during the winter. More than 150 Harbor 20s in Newport.

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I sail a 28 foot boat single handed and have a friend that single hands a 32. Rather than focus on The size of the boat I'd go with what is most comfortable for what you plan to use the boat for.
Things like roller furling. Bringing lines to the cockpit and using an autopilot or tiller tamer will make most anyboat easy to singlehand.
Thanks for the suggestions. The reason that size matters is trailing and storage. I would like the option of moving the boat by trailer without a big production. I would also like dry storage, if possible. (I know some class rules prohibit that.)

For the same reason, I am thinking that a drop/lifting keel would be better. (Which is it, a drop keel or a lifting keel?) However, it may be that a fin or wing keel sails better. What do you think? I suspect that a heavier keel is better for solo sailing where hiking is not as effective as it would be with more crewmen.

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Re: Small Keelboat for Solo sailing

If you want to Dry sail and ease of trailer - then a lifting keel sportboat might e the way to go. None of these will be easy to single hand in heavy air.

The most popular lifting keep sportboat is the Ultimate 20.

The Ultimate 20 is a tough Jim Anteim design. Can be towed by any sedan.



On the other hand the Harbor 20s can be single handed in full range of conditions. Many people dry sail the H20s, just not in Newport.
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Re: Small Keelboat for Solo sailing

I used to single hand my Ranger 20 (Ray Richards design, built by Ranger Boats in Kent WA).
Fixed lead keel with a short centerboard. Easy to trailer.

We cruised that boat on weekends for five years.
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Re: Small Keelboat for Solo sailing

Spent lotsa' time single-handling a Cal 20 in San Francisco bay area, loved it. Somewhat smaller but a reliable east coast standby is Cape Cod's Bulls Eye, at about 16 ft.

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