Bristol 45.5 - AiniA
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Re: How big is too big for one man?
We have a big(gish), heavy (20 tons) boat and have all of the gear needed for the Pardey's heave-to method. I think we could manage since the winch we would use for control is a Lewmar 65 (keep in mind that the load on the tether is going to go up and down and you do not need to move it much). Having said that, in 33,000 miles we have never used it and have not come close to thinking that we should. This includes getting off the beaten track a bit to Easter Island and doing the approach to South Africa which can be nasty. I actually think that a Jordan series drogue would be something that we might have used along the way a few times - and yes I know they are not identical in purpose.
About the Japanese guy with the Jeanneau, I am also in my late 60s (damn!) and can quite easily sail the Bristol alone. We do have electric furling for the main but could imagine doing it with manual furling or reef points. You need to have the systems worked out well, including having excellent self-steering and honking big winches.
Edit: I did say sailing alone. Docking and undocking would often be a different story. You can't horse a big boat around like you can a lighter one.
After the refit we have decided to sell Ainia. We want something smaller that would be could for the light summer winds of Lake Ontario, although we plan to spend at least a couple of winters in the Caribbean before heading north.