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post #11 of 46 Old 09-07-2011
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It never occured to me that I'd not single hand my boat! I must say it's easier to SH my Oday 30 then my Hunter 23 was. Rigging your mainsail to raise and drop from the cockpit saves allot of effort.

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Thanks guys. Today the weather is great no crazy things forecasted. I won't be going out to sea just a big area in the harbor and if traffic is light like yesterday then I'll be one of the only boats out on the water. I have been mooring the boat solo already so I have motoring solo and docking solo and mooring solo down very well. I have a furler for the jib and all sheets go to the cockpit. I think it's time!
Pfft...you're all set, you have a plan and your boat has some conveniences to make it easier. Go for it.

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Sounds like you are ready, I have yet to do it myself though, I also do not have my own boat yet. I am hoping to get out on my own before seasons end though. That is October 15 or so... Though I pretty much single hand now its just that there is someone else on the boat to assist if need be. Some are much easier to do because of their set up.

Take your time, no harm in exiting early, keep to your comfort level, wear your PFD, and depending on what gear you have, tether in too. As you probably know there is a multitude of info here on single handing. This document was posted a while back and was very informative I thought. Good luck and enjoy yourself!

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I have singled handed since I got my boat, but at 20ft that is easy.

Just add complexity as your comfort level increases; headsail only, mainsail only, head and main together, 5 to 10kt winds , 10 to 15kt, 20+ when ready. Add complexity with sea state, 1 to 2ft chop, large swells, 4ft breaking waves when ready.

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I was 26 when my dad bought a Columbia 45. It was 1977.

No furling, no windlass, no instruments but a compass. He purchased depth and speed which I installed. And we put in a VHF. Several years later he bought a LORAN.

Soon after he bought it, he invited a friend and his son aboard, both experienced sailors, to teach me how to sail. The lesson lasted about an hour. After that I was on my own because my dad assumed I knew everything there was to know.

My first single handing experience was about a month after he bought it. I remember locking the wheel, running forward and hoisting the main then running back to the wheel and correcting the course. Then I headed it into the wind and ran forward again and hoisted the genoa (I had hanked it on prior to going out) then running back to the wheel and fine tuning the sheets and outhaul.

One of my proudest moments was when tacking. The wind was about 15 knots that day. I turned the wheel, locked it, released the starboard sheet, hauled in the port sheet and just as the wind caught it, I cleated it. It was perfect! I didn't have to trim it at all. The only problem was there was no one to witness it.

Later I found out my dad's friend and his son were out sailing and saw me. They later told my dad I "looked pretty good out there."

For the next eight years I singlehanded that boat most of the time. Everyone who came on board saw themselves as guests and the idea of doing any work never crossed their mind. I often joked I was the only single hander with a crew.

The three most important things in single handiing a boat are planning, planning and planning.
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The three most important things in single handiing a boat are planning, planning and planning.
Yep....start thinking well ahead of what you're going to do....get ready, everything in place....think about it and get ready for it.....then do it.


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Wear life jacket at all times, and harness clipped in all times, have jack lines set from stern to bow of boat, have a hand held vhf in your pocket, have a way to board the boat if you go over the side (leave a ladder down or have a rope type ladder). Think ahead what you are going to do before you do it. Anticipate what can (and will) go wrong and what you will do when that happens. Be safe and minimize any risk.
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I often joked I was the only single hander with a crew.
True 'dat. I'm pretty new, too, yet I've singlehanded a number of times. And I've also decided (like on Labor Day) that the winds were just a bit too high and gusty to go out alone. I felt like a wimp for not going out, but I also didn't want to be a brave dead guy.

If you follow the advice of people and keep following through on ways to take it slow and easy, singlehanding is a blast.

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If you follow the advice of people and keep following through on ways to take it slow and easy, singlehanding is a blast.
And it teaches you a lot, very quickly! If you forgot to do something, you'll find out what it is, sometimes in a matter of seconds. And if you have to work your tail off getting out of the mess, it will be a lesson you'll never forget.

But when you get it all right, especially in difficult situations, it can bring a big smile to your face.
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Some good advice so far, but one other thing you need is to gain confidence in your own abilities. Take it slow, learn from your mistakes, and as your level of confidence grows, so will your enjoyment.

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Free, is the heart, that lives not, in fear.
Full, is the spirit, that thinks not, of falling.
True, is the soul, that hesitates not, to give.
Alive, is the one, that believes, in love.
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