Single Handed Sailing-necessary features - Page 6 - SailNet Community

   Search Sailnet:

 forums  store  

Quick Menu
Boat Reviews  
Search SailNet 
Boat Search (new)

Shop the
SailNet Store
Anchor Locker
Boatbuilding & Repair
Hatches and Portlights
Interior And Galley
Marine Electronics
Other Items
Plumbing and Pumps
Sailing Hardware
Trailer & Watersports
Clearance Items

Advertise Here

Go Back   SailNet Community > General Interest > General Discussion (sailing related)
 Not a Member? 

LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 04-23-2010
PCP's Avatar
PCP PCP is offline
Senior Member
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Portugal, West Coast
Posts: 16,195
Thanks: 21
Thanked 102 Times in 85 Posts
Rep Power: 11
PCP will become famous soon enough
So important that when I voyage solo I carry two autopilots (Raymarine). A relatively new one and an older one that I cannibalize for pieces.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message Share with Facebook
Old 07-15-2010
Annapolis, MD
Join Date: Apr 2010
Posts: 4
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
jmarquez is on a distinguished road
To me being able to single hand is an essential requirement. I get a lot of use out of my boat because I'm not dependant on crew if I feel like sailing. When my wife and two kids (5 & 7) are on the boat, she or I can safely handle the boat alone. We also night sail quite a bit. Our boat is a C&C 34 +. For a boat of this size, here is a list of things I would look for as you shop for boats:

- Autohelm
- GPS Chartplotter with AIS visible from helm (look at Garmin 546)
- VHF with RAM Mic (look at Standard Horizon Matrix w/AIS receiver built-in)
- Roller Furling
- Halyards, Vang, Outhaul, Cunningham, Reefing Lines Led Aft
- Good Stoppers and Self-tailing Winches on Both Port & Starboard Cabin Top
- Large Self-tailing Jib Winches Reachable Without Leaving The Helm
- Main Traveller/Main Sheet Reachable from the Helm (in front of pedistal)
- Wheel Rather Than Tiller
- Max Prop (makes manuvering at the dock much easier)
- Reliable Engine
- Reliable House Bank Isolated from Cranking Battery (so you don't have to go below and fuss with a battery switch when you kill the engine)

Also I wear a Self-Inflating Life Vest/Whistle/Strobe Light

Last edited by jmarquez; 07-15-2010 at 05:19 PM.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message Share with Facebook

Quick Reply

By choosing to post the reply above you agree to the rules you agreed to when joining Sailnet.
Click Here to view those rules.

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the SailNet Community forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
Please note: After entering 3 characters a list of Usernames already in use will appear and the list will disappear once a valid Username is entered.
User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may post attachments
You may edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Single handed cruising Tanny Introduce Yourself 6 11-06-2009 07:51 PM
Overlooked Books John Kretschmer Gear and Maintenance Articles 0 10-30-2001 07:00 PM
How to Find a Good Sailing School for Your Child Michelle Potter Her Sailnet Articles 0 05-24-2000 08:00 PM
Single-Handed Sailing John Kretschmer Cruising Articles 0 10-19-1999 08:00 PM
Are the Kids on a Sabbatical? Micca Hutchins Learning to Sail Articles 0 04-04-1999 08:00 PM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 08:06 AM.

Add to My Yahoo!         
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2015, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
SEO by vBSEO 3.6.1
(c) LLC 2000-2012

The store is owned and operated by a company independent of the forum. You are now leaving the SailNet forum. Click OK to continue or Cancel to return to the SailNet forum.