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Re: Single-handed Conversion
It's possible, but it would likely cost more to do than it would cost to get a boat more usable from the get go.
First I would suggest looking at the Harken dinghy furler for the jib. They work great, and are stock on a lot of newer small boats (VX OD, Melgus 24, ect).
Lazy jacks for a 19' are a little much, but a multiple purchase sheet system would be a good idea.
My first thought would be to simplify, simplify, simplify. There are a lot of strings on a Lightning, many of which can be eliminated. All tweeky lines, like jib down haul, ect should be dumped.
You might want to look at a non class smaller jib. This would allow a self tending jib track, and eliminate a bunch of extra work. Take a look at the VX OD system. It works amazingly well, with just two lines. A traveler line (in and out) and the sheet, with an adjustable tack attachment that allows you to control leech tension.
For a Lightning in particular you really need a lot of ballast as I remember (haven't sailed one in a few years). Short of redesigning the boat massively I don't see anyway to add ballast.
Last edited by Stumble; 07-24-2012 at 12:29 PM.