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acunningham 09-05-2012 06:53 PM

Solo bareboat in Newport
I'm in Newport, Rhode Island, for a few days on my own and would of course like to do some sailing. I'm not an especially experienced sailor, but am not a complete neophyte either - I've done the ASA courses up to 104 and have skippered a few times on inshore waters. One thing I'd like to do which I've never tried is sail solo. Would anyone have any recommendations on a suitable boat to rent for a few hours? I'm thinking perhaps a Rhodes 19 from Sail Newport:

Sailboat Rentals

Does this sound feasible? In particular how easy is it to work the jib sheets from the tiller position?

ChuckA 09-05-2012 10:14 PM

Re: Solo bareboat in Newport
Piece of cake! go for it. Rhodes 19 is an easy boat to sail. You can cleat off the main and handle the jib sheets from the helm (with a tiller extension). Here is a link to a photo of the deck arrangement. The jib sheets are on the 'cabin top". The tiller is not shown in this photo, but you should not have a problem.

<a href="!i=1749884541&k=VqbWLb6&lb=1&s=A" title="Oct 18, 2009"><img src="" title="Oct 18, 2009" alt="Oct 18, 2009"></a>

acunningham 09-05-2012 10:24 PM

Re: Solo bareboat in Newport
Thanks Chuck! That does look very simple.

acunningham 09-06-2012 05:25 PM

Re: Solo bareboat in Newport
So I rented a Rhodes 19 today and went for a solo sail. There was no jib, and winds were fairly light, so I didn't go anywhere in a hurry, but it was a very pleasant couple of hours on the water!

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