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Re: Single-handed Sailing, So. Calif.

I single-hand my Catalina 25 quite often. The boat is rigged so the only thing I have to do on deck is handle the main. (Furler on headsail) I added a Tiller Clutch, which works quite well to leave the helm for various reasons. I installed a trap in the slip that makes arriving much easier. Departing is not a problem. The slip is into the prevailing wind so I leave the engine at idle in forward until I get the bowlines in place. All the lines stay on the dock when leaving. The trap keeps the boat somewhat centered in the slip at the bow. I grab the port stern line first on the way in. (Boat walks to port when I put it in reverse)
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Re: Single-handed Sailing, So. Calif.

Thank you all very much for the information. It is quite helpful.

However, the original intent of this post was to seek information about online forums (and other resources) dealing with Single-handed sailing. I sidetracked the topic by asking the first two responders about boats.

So, please let me know if you know of any good single-handed sailing forums and/or other resources. If anyone would like to contact me directly, my email address is: < rlltrash@yahoo.com >

I have another post in the "Boat Review and Purchase Forum" that asks about boats that are suitable for single-handed sailing. The post's title is: "Faster than a Cal 20". I would be very happy to hear more suggestions about them.

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I think we got your original intent and the general consensus is there are not a lot of forums focused JUST on singlehanded sailing and since ALOT of the people here singlehand you might use this forum for the same purposes. So ask away or search "singlehanded" and you may be surprised.
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Re: Single-handed Sailing, So. Calif.

Hi Richard,
I'm actually somewhat in the same "boat" as you. Pun... may be intended.
I took 2 courses of sailing classes in MDR, but I've been away from it for a while. I want to get back into sailing, but knowing that my family or friends may not be there when I have my days off (which are weekdays) I will have to be mainly soloing around. So, this thread is very useful and interesting to me as well. I'm just trying to decide what the best way to get back into it is. MDR is the closest harbor to me, and I work near there as well.

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Re: Single-handed Sailing, So. Calif.

As I get older, I scrutinize potential boats more than ever.
My present boat is one that I can work from the cockpit.
It helps a bunch in planing my moves. I single hand all of the time. Plan your moves well in advance. When I'm leaving the dock, I tie all lines together, except one, which is my aft spring, that lies on the dock. That is my first line that I grab to ease her into the slip. I do not have roller furling, and I thought that would make things more difficult. It hasn't, and I've learned to work around it.
This is the first boat that i've owned with a self tacking jib. That, along with running all lines aft, make this a treat.
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Re: Single-handed Sailing, So. Calif.

Seojoe, What boat is that? She looks beautiful!

OP,
When I first got back into sailing and purchased my Catalina 27 a couple of years ago, I soon realized how impractical it was going to get people to find the time, between work and families, to come with me. And then on those days that they did, I often found that between cell phone calls, return deadlines, etc, I began to realize I enjoyed going out by myself more than not.

Unfortunately, at least on my boat, an autopilot is pretty much essential if you are going to single hand. It can be done without it, but you'll find that its easier turn "otto" on and go on deck to free a sheet that got caught on a hatch or whatever than to stop, heave to, fix the problem and then accelerate again. I also hit the auto tack buttons to tack, and have plenty of time to throw off the old sheet, haul in the new and then re-trim the main while the wheel handles itself. And finally, its just really nice to get the sails trimmed, a course set, and let "otto" do his thing while you walk around, grab a drink, take a leak, fish, or do what ever.

Perhaps if my friends were experienced sailors, I might enjoy their company more. But for now, its me and otto.
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Re: Single-handed Sailing, So. Calif.

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As I get older, I scrutinize potential boats more than ever. My present boat is one that I can work from the cockpit. It helps a bunch in planing my moves. I single hand all of the time. Plan your moves well in advance. When I'm leaving the dock, I tie all lines together, except one, which is my aft spring, that lies on the dock. That is my first line that I grab to ease her into the slip. I do not have roller furling, and I thought that would make things more difficult. It hasn't, and I've learned to work around it.
This is the first boat that i've owned with a self tacking jib. That, along with running all lines aft, make this a treat.
Shout if I can help.
Seaojoe

What kind of boat do you show in your photo? It looks very nice.

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Re: Single-handed Sailing, So. Calif.

Not wanting to hijack this thread....In 1964, she started he life as a Sparkman and Stephens design, Sailmaster 22, built in Holland. Her deck and cabin were removed, she was stretched by adding 2' to her stern, bowsprit added and converted to a cutter. She's powered by a small yanmar that sips fuel. This work was done by her prior owner. She sails like nothing else I've owned, including a sistership, a stock Sailmaster 22, 5 years ago.
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Re: Single-handed Sailing, So. Calif.

Seajoe, so it's a 24' (plus sprit) cutter? Sounds like fun! Do you have any other pics of her?

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Re: Single-handed Sailing, So. Calif.

There has been some great advice already, so I'll keep mine short. I would recommend a Catalina 30 for single-handing. They are lots of fun, and can be had for very cheap. I have single-handed my C30, my C36, and now my CSY 44, which is a bit of a handful. As mentioned earlier, plan your moves well in advance. The most stress and work will be docking, at least it is for me.

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