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post #41 of 93 Old 01-01-2012
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Back to the original question, there is one thing no one mentioned that I do differently when singlehnding from when I have crew. I always clip a waterproof portable VHF to my belt or in my float coat pocket. As others mentioned, I also wear an inflatable PFD or float coat in colder weather. I figure that once I do fall overboard, my boat on autopilot is slightly less likely to come back to me than when I have crew aboard.
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I prefer to sail alone sometimes -- getting on the water with a busy schedule is tough enough -- sometimes you just have enough time to get up and go after work
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i almost always sail alone except for my dog,shes doesn't bitch too much and don't seem to care if i'm sailing or motoring,besides not many people want to go out with a drunken redneck,go figure
isn't anyone going to ask? could she sail the boat!
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even better she couldn't sell it either
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Short passages I make the sandwiches and coffee BEFORE I pull the anchor.

On longer passages I sleep during the day and try to stay awake at night maybe taking 15 min naps. Two kitchen timers!
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Single hand 90% of the time, day sailing only.

Plan the trip in advance and make a few notes of important aids to navigation.

Keep thermos of soup, tea, coffee, and water, sandwiches, granola bars just inside companionway for easy access.

Some overnight trips this year so I will be adding anchor points for a tether this spring and getting my tiller pilot working, and replacing the tiller tamer.

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I sail alone 99% of the time. In fact, I've only had crew or pax on board maybe 5 times.

The better question would be: What do you do when you have crew on board?

Crew hoists the jib.
Crew tacks the jib and trims. (under my direction)
Crew douses the jib.
Crew hoists the main.
Crew douses the main.
Crew brings me drinks.
Crew steers the boat when I want a break.
Crew picks up mooring ball.
Crew drops/sets anchor.
Crew recovers and cleans anchor.
Crew handles lines at the dock.

Now, if you're hot, slim and want to just sunbathe on the boat I'll do all that stuff while you relax and soak up the sun.


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Apart from all the other sensible pre-planning, have a Plan B, give yourself some sea room suggestions, I grovel at the feet of my autopilot, who, in essence, is my favourite crew member.
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For when I have crew, it is a 20ft boat, and at some point it is difficult to find tasks for all.

One extra crew; they have helm and if they look to relaxed I give them mainsheet.
Two extra crew, helm for one jib for the other, I will have the mainsheet until either get to relaxed then they have main, and I stand in the companionway and try to channel Capt Bligh.

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I've done a bunch of single handing on an Ericson 30, Swan 44, and a Taswell 56. Mostly all daysailing between harbors on the US east coast. The key is an autopilot and make sure you have a harness on and are clipped to the boat when you leave the cockpit. I did a couple of overnights singlehanded and set the alarm to wake me every 15 minutes or so. Moved the boats in the intracoastal and on day hops offshore with not problem, just planned to get to a place to anchor (mostly) or dock or dock at a reasonable hour. Planned way ahead when docking, having all lines set to toss or be picked up, hanging from the dock line easily.
Anchoring, just lower the sails and get the anchor ready to deploy before you get there, so you can get the boat in position and stopped and run up to the bow and drop it, pay out rode, let it catch, and pay out more and dig it in with the engine.
I have moved the Swan most of the way from Florida to Maine and back this way with no problems. When I could get one or two crew I would go offshore and make some miles when the weather permitted.
It's challenging and a lot of fun. The overnighters are difficult and not my cup of tea. for real offshore work I think you need at least another watch stander so each can get some rest.
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