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Re: I may try for a solo trip in Sept.
Are you going to motor, or sail? motoring since all I have is a rope self steer set up, I will slow from my normal 6 knots to around 3 or less, then the boat will usually hold its course a bit better or will not go off course as bad in a given amount of time as I am below using the head. If I have to do a 2, or have multiple layers, then I go slowest for the time it takes to do things.
If you have an actual self steering setup, all you may have to do is slow down while below per say.
Even going below getting some food, getting a chart, extra clothes as it starts to rain, clouds up etc, one has to worry about the above. Yeah potty stops are a bit more interesting than getting food. but both have the same logistics involved.
while my first post was a bit goofy, as others have said, go for it. But at the same time, while going for it, think about how things are done with another, and how you may need to do things by your self.
Another as I am typing. I use a "lock line" as It was bought for, which is a 50' long line on the bow when docking, I can pull this back to the cockpit where I am, a bit longer than normal for the aft, then you can hold, or hand off to a helper on the shore a lot easier than in my case, the 10-15' lines I use when docking at my slip. I've even gone thru the local locks from the puget sound into lk washington a number of times by myself. a bit more interesting than with two or three people, but doable if you take your time, think things thru etc.
She drives me boat,
I drives me dinghy!