Re: Mostly singlehanded...what lines should I run aft?
I have no Dodger and will not get one for this boat. The previous owner who has sailed for 30+ years, delivered boats all up and down the west coast and who has had 2 Santana 30's and now a Schock 35 said he removed the headliner just before I bought it so he could run the lines aft, as he did on his previous Santana 30 and loved it. I decided to sail it the way it was then figure out what I wanted to do. On Santana 30's reefing is done very rarely, just not that big of a mainsail. So I have never reefed this boat. Never been on deck in bad weather. Well only a few times to clear lines caught on things. Only been out a few times in big wind, and never on deck. So the cockpit is where I sail from. I am mostly a singlehanded, or shorthanded sailor, and for me, the more I can do from the cockpit the better, especially when it comes to raising and lowering sails in harbor. I dont have an autopilot yet, so that will help, but in breezy conditions with current, its sometimes hard to point the boat, go to the deck, lower the sail, then run back and forth. If I can do it all from the cockpit...simple. When sailing, mainsheet, traveler sheets and jib sheets are all in the cockpit, but if I REALLY want to some sail adjusting, its not there. So I thought run the boom vang and cunningham back. That way I can more easily use those to adjust the shape of the main. Up to now its been hoist the main and whatever the shape is, sail with it. I really want to learn to make the boat go better in all conditions that I sail in, and running back and forth to the deck to adjust the vang doesnt seem logical. Same thing for cunningham. So if I am going to do some deck work to move a few things there, shoouldnt I do the main and spinn halyards too? Only sailed one other boat, and new Beneteau First 30 and all lines were in the cockpit. Raising and lowering the main was such a simple operation from the cockpit. So to the people saying keep the lines on deck because its more manly...or because I want to be comfortable on deck so dont move the lines because then I wont go there as often, or because of other reasons listed here...If money were no object, and you were buying a new boat. The lines were lead to the aft, because it seems alot of new boats are made that way now. Would you change it? Would you spend the money to make it the "old school" way for those reasons? Or would you say its easier, and more convenient so I will do it that way because it came that way? I get the whole idea, it came that way so I sail that way and it works for me. I get that, but some guys are pretty opinionated AGAINST lines led aft. I am trying to get to the reasons why. I am primarily a singlehanded sailor, so to me, the cockpit is the safest place on the boat, so staying there as much as possible seems like the safest thing I can do, as long as Im not overpowered and in big wind obviously. In harbor at the tiller seems to be the best place to be with the kind of traffic I deal with normally, so if I can do the stuff I usually do on deck from the cockpit, again to me thats safer.The downsides seem to be too many lines in the companionway when sailing...well I am usually alone...so, not an issue with me. Lines may get wet, and thus get the interior wet? Not an issue for me. More lines to deal with while sailing...thats an isse, but if I have sheet bags, then I dont see a problem because alot of the lines will normally be unused, so tied up, and put away. Losing my comfort level on deck. Ok, well I dont have a huge comfort level now, so maybe thats why I am thinking about this at all...lol...
S/V Cuajota - 1975 WD Schock Santana 30
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