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Singlehanders out there!

Hi guys/gals,
You know who you are!
....and I'm very interested in You and your boat!
Please show me (photos - but text welcome too) what you are single handing.

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Hi Andy!!

I´m sailing (most of the time alone or with my first mate Neil, the dog) either on my Piver Nugget 24 trimaran or in my father's vintage mini transat Gros-Plant 6.5m.
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What are you interested in learning about?

You can check out some picks in my blog or in my photo album
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I will probably be a singlehander myself come next season. Was basically this year but was only taking lessons so I guess not technically singlehanded... . Any good links/info on setups and learning how to singlehand out there?
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Singlehanders

Hello, new to all this, Sailnet, sailing anything larger than a dingy. Right now experience is limited to trailer sailing lakes in the CA Sierras.

Picked up a 1975 Oday 22, and after much cleanup and maintenance got out for training with an experienced friend, then with the Mrs.

Got to do my first singlehand in August. Stepped the mast, launched, sailed for two and a half days in light air. Practiced raising and lowering main and jib (hank on jib), anchoring. Loaded back on the trailer and de-stepped the mast. Had a blast!!

Eventually I will get some pictures up. I've gotten a lot of good information from this site. Thanks
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I have single-handed my (cal 29) boat since the day I got it. "Absolute responsibility" has led me to have a good amount of self-respect and a fair slice of humility...

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I singlehand about 90% of the time and spend most of that time on the hook in a cove after a full day of sailing. I took a few of these pics swimming to shore and swimming around the boat while at anchor a little over a month ago. Also included is a pic taken by one of my boat neighbors while I was out flying the new asym solo... My one install that made life easier to singlehand this year was an X5 autopilot with the SmartController remote. All lines lead to the cockpit.

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new to singlehandling

I have a 35' swing keel built by Holby Marine in 1990, the model is Clearwater designed by Craig Walters. I am a new owner (sailing for about 10 years but only chartered with crew), I purchased HERON (my first boat) last year. I added an autopilot this past summer (Raymarine S-1) as I need to go forward to raise the main and the jib winches are a bit forward of the wheel for easy single handling without some assistance at the wheel. I had my first solo sails this past summer and will be doing more, but the boat and I are currently not in the same state. That can be taken literally or anyway you like (the boat is definitely in much better state than I am in!).






The boat is in NC, in Pamlico Sound, which is behind the outer banks and protected but it can get pretty choppy. I am still working out the details of using the autopilot to tack, it holds the boat on coarse under motor or sail (properly trimmed) but I have yet to get the gain and timing settings to work well during tacking. I probably need more speed going into the tack to get
this to work well. I am anxious to get more solo time and really learn how to get her to perform. We sailed her from CT to NC last year ( it was a great trip and the boat handled well) so I have high expectations of lots of fun and relaxing time on her.



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Hi,

I mostly single hand my 1968 Allied Seawind 30 around the eastern end of Long Island Sound. I brought her up from the Chesapeake last year. Here she is in Atlantic City waiting for me while I went back to work for a week.



She balances pretty well under jib and jigger on a reach. I can usually leave the helm for 20 minutes or so.



Despite her easy manners under sail, you can't let go of the wheel for a moment under power. I installed an X-5 autopilot this season and it has been a great addition!



My halyards are not led aft, but I don't mind going to the mast to raise or reef the mainsail. I have a nice hard dodger to hang on to when things are rockin' and rollin'! I also use jacklines and a harness - my wife says that she's not quite ready to collect the life insurance...


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Hmmm - luckily, I can sail better than I can handle imbedding photos in a sailnet post!

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Let's try this again - I noticed that some other posters used photbucket, so I just set up an account.

I mostly single hand my 1968 Allied Seawind 30 around the eastern end of Long Island Sound. I brought her up from the Chesapeake last year. Here she is in Atlantic City waiting for me while I went back to work for a week.



She balances pretty well under jib and jigger on a reach. I can usually leave the helm for 20 minutes or so.



Despite her easy manners under sail, you can't let go of the wheel for a moment under power. I installed an X-5 autopilot this season and it has been a great addition!



My halyards are not led aft, but I don't mind going to the mast to raise or reef the mainsail. I have a nice hard dodger to hang on to when things are rockin' and rollin'! I also use jacklines and a harness.


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