My next question is on single handling.
I currently sail Martin 242s 22' and Catalina Capris 24'. My main challenge when single-handling these boats, as I am a fairly new sailor, is getting the hang of keeping the boat on course while I am trying to adjust sails or change tack.
The problem is of course, when I let go of the tiller to move up a forward and grab a line so I can get ready to release the sail
Or, when I need both hands to use a winch.
Within 5 seconds of me going up, the boat veers off downwind or upwind, I lose speed, sometimes end up in irons and have to do some acrobatics to get back on a tack.
The worst is when there are other boats around closely and the boat heads right for them... I know I can get back to the tiller in 20 seconds to change the course back, but this probably freaks other sailors out as there's a boat heading directly for them and this dude on the boat has no idea what is going on... Albeit Probably makes me look like a newbie.
I have had some ideas to tie off the tiller in some way, but haven't though of a good way to do this yet. These are just day sailing boats without autopilot or auto-steering
In case you want to suggest that, lol.
Is there some tried and true single handling strategy to get the hang of this? Please let me know.