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sailing solo

The sailing season is half over here on lake champlain and i need to learn to sail solo if i am going to get full use of this boat.
Riptide 31 with roller furling jib, winch on the mast to raise the main sail, tiller.
This is my first sailboat so i am still learning.
I dont think this boat is set up well for solo but i need to try.
Also i am on a mooring but i dont think that will be a problem.
How do you folks do this?
Im going to need to tie off the tiller but do i use shock cord or hard line?
Any tips or tricks will be appreciated.
i think saturday will be my first chance at this.
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Re: sailing solo

Shock cord works, and if you don't have it, standard lines are OK too. A Tiller Tamer also works well.

I haven't tried leaving a mooring (or returning to one) single handed, so I can't speak to that. Most of the rest of it is easy. Do the prep-work at the slip/while still tied up to the buoy, like taking off the sail cover and removing some of the sail ties. Remove the boom from the pigtail if you have one. Loosen the vang and/or traveler. Once you're out in your sailing area, point into the wind and run forward. Pop off the sail ties and check your heading to make sure you are still pointed into the wind. Run back and adjust the tiller. Run forward, start to pull the main up, and notice that the boom is swinging toward one side. Cleat off the main, run down the windward side and adjust the tiller. Run forward, hoist the main a bit more, cleat it, run down and adjust the tiller. Run back forward again, (hopefully) finish hoisting the main. Head back to the cockpit on the windward side. Unfurl the jib. Head off on your desired point of sail and adjust the sails.

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You really should download a copy of this book! http://www.sfbaysss.org/tipsbook/Sin...irdEdition.pdf

Then, let us know how it goes :-)
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Shock cord works, and if you don't have it, standard lines are OK too. A Tiller Tamer also works well.

I haven't tried leaving a mooring (or returning to one) single handed, so I can't speak to that. Most of the rest of it is easy. Do the prep-work at the slip/while still tied up to the buoy, like taking off the sail cover and removing some of the sail ties. Remove the boom from the pigtail if you have one. Loosen the vang and/or traveler. Once you're out in your sailing area, point into the wind and run forward. Pop off the sail ties and check your heading to make sure you are still pointed into the wind. Run back and adjust the tiller. Run forward, start to pull the main up, and notice that the boom is swinging toward one side. Cleat off the main, run down the windward side and adjust the tiller. Run forward, hoist the main a bit more, cleat it, run down and adjust the tiller. Run back forward again, (hopefully) finish hoisting the main. Head back to the cockpit on the windward side. Unfurl the jib. Head off on your desired point of sail and adjust the sails.

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Not what I would do.

Loosen the main sheet. Leave the tiller loose. Raise the main sail while hooked to the mooring ,boat should be pointing into the wind, release the mooring and go back and tighten main sheet and sail off.

Plan ahead. Wear a good PFD. Take your time and methodically think your moves through. You will quickly gain confidence.

Good luck.
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Leaving the mooring sailing solo is the easy part. The hard part is tying up.
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Re: sailing solo

I sail solo even when I have people on board....LOL

If you have a good breeze you can sail on headsail alone, it is quite relaxing. Raising the main is just common sense and practice...just go out an try. The mooring is nothing, just go forward, drop it, and go...no worries. Coming in, coast up into the wind real gentle calmly go forward for your line...simple.

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The sailing season is half over here on lake champlain and i need to learn to sail solo if i am going to get full use of this boat...
Any tips or tricks will be appreciated.
An autopilot is a great addition, as well as a solar panel to charge your batteries. I second the recommendation of Andrew Evans's Singlehanded Sailing free book for downloading.
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The sailing season is half over here on lake champlain and i need to learn to sail solo if i am going to get full use of this boat.
I wasn't aware you had a sailing season at all this year. I just pulled my boat off of lake Champlain and towed her down to near Atlantic City. While up there the previous owner was telling me that due to the weather he had not been out at all so far this year in his new boat.

While leaving, it was dreadfully cold and foggy compared to what wa2 20 miles further downstate

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Re: sailing solo

There has been much discussion about singlehanding on this board with a lot of good info. Just do a bit of searching. The best single piece of advice is that planning WAY ahead is absolutely required. Every move has more potential bad consequences when singlehanding simply due to the fact that you can only do a limited number of things at one time, regardless of how many lines you can fit between your teeth.

And, yes, it has been raining here for the last month!! I just took the boat from Champlain and left it in FL so as to be able to make a quick escape during the winter. Doesn't look like I have missed any fair weather sailing.
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I will go out solo on my Ericson 29 if no one else wants to go. Get everything ready at mooring before you cast off and have anything you might need in reach in the cockpit. I usually just unroll the jib and sail under that alone. She sails well and can point pretty good and when time to put away its a breeze. My goal is not to get the best performance possible, just to sail.

You will regret the things you did not do, more than the things you did.

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