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Re: Top 10 Sailboats Easiest & Best to Single Hand

How long (years) would you say it would take a beginner to learn sailing and be able to handle a 40' along the coastlines of US?
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How long (years) would you say it would take a beginner to learn sailing and be able to handle a 40' along the coastlines of US?
Your question is a lot more like "How long is a piece of string?" than you probably realize. I'll let others chime in with more nuanced answers, but to answer your question directly, I'd say 1-3 years if you were FULL TIME dedicated to it, and 3-7 as a part time proposition depending on your effort and study, 6-15 as a background thing that you didn't devote a lot of time to, but did devote some.

BTW I'm assuming that you mean singlehanded since that's the title of this thread. Cut the times by 30-50% if you are taking COMPETENT crew with you.

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Thanks MedSailor, and Yes, I'd be single handed doing this as I don't plan on support crew, although the wife would be onboard.
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Hello Sailor's
There are some great sailors on this site. In your opinion. What sailboats would you consider to fall into a top 10 category for easiest and best to single hand sail in a coastal environment. This would also include the possibly of living aboard? ( length 30 to 38 foot ) Use Up and Down the East Coast, Bahamas
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When it comes to single handed operation, everybody seems to be talking about boat size and rigging. Single handed operation on open water is possible on nearly any size boat in open water, but if you want to single hand docking then you should look to some other factors:
  • Amount of freeboard
  • Keel configuration - as it impacts turning and sideslip
  • Propellor. Some give miserable reverse, others have good thrust in reverse

Essentially you want the boat to be strongly influenced by steering and engine (fwd and reverse), and less influenced by cross winds. Full keel does not want to turn and wing keel doesn't mind going sideways. Fin keel, low freeboard, and Maxprop or similar will keep you in control. Bow thruster is possible, but not needed unless other factors are working against you.

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In this size range you have two real options. The first is a cat rigged boat like the nunsuch, everything else you just have to set the boat up to do it. No boat out of the factory is set for single handed sailing.
catrigged are very nice for singlehanded. Only one sail to worry about. If you were looking for a sloop, I would suggest something with a self tending jib

most any boat can be set up for singlehanding.

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Really depends where the hell you are going... coastal cruising,,, island hopping, or crossing a few oceans....
Im with Sealife if your going places... bigger the better... if your just cruising the BVI's the Nonsuch is the clear winner
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I would have to give a nod to Greg's recommendation along with several others. Nansuch. Of all the boats I have delivered a 32 & a 36 they were like sailing a dingy. Only used a wench handle for the last 1' of the main halyard, adjusting the boom for draft. 98% of the time the main sheet was pulled by hand and if needed the mainsheet wench could be reached while holding on the wheel. I just couldn't get over that massive tree just aft of the bow. Freedom might be similar.

climbing down the lazaret you could walk around the engine. Huge area, would hold almost as much stuff as my garage.

Drawbacks they seem to hold there value and can be pricey.
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You can single anything. I single my P35. I've singled a properly set up
T37. Neither is as easy as a Nonsuch, but it's all in the set up.
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The OP's comment, "...I don't plan on support crew, although the wife would be onboard." is strange. I wouldn't have a boat that my wife couldn't single hand. Nor would she go out with only me, if she couldn't single hand the boat.
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Re: Top 10 Sailboats Easiest & Best to Single Hand

Just about any boat can be sailed solo within reason and with a bit of thought/work leading lines to a location you want, especially with an autohelm of some type.
It's everything else that gets to be a problem especially as size goes up, docking, raising anchor, moving sails.
I know I can get a 38' boat into a slip, getting it moored solo is where it gets very interesting. (I don't own a 38' boat). No problems if there a couple people to catch lines on the dock.
I'm very much a solo sailor, only had people on board twice this past summer. My boat is my happy place where I go to get away from everything, don't want people messing up my solitude! This may very well change when I retire and no longer have to deal with customers and quotes day in and day out. I'm really not that anti-social, probably would be without a boat though!
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