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Hey ladies!
Don't forget how we always get unsolicited; "hey, you dock the boat all by yourself??? You did a great job... guess your hubby trained you well! or variations of the same.

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heh. Iffen you haven't dumped her yer not even half tryin...
Is that like "If you haven't been aground, you haven't been around"? :-)
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As one of the few female members of the Great Lakes Singlehanded Society, and after completing a singlehanded challenge on four of the five Great Lakes (Ontario 2010) I have now earned the respect of the men I sail with. I can still remember the time I took my 36-footer out for a sunset sail for the first time by myself. I finally realized I was often singlehanding with guests so why not do it by myself. Now I don't hesitate to cast off the dock lines and head off on a singlehanded passage of 120 miles. I always clip in when by myself, and I have a personal Spot tracker which functions like a personal EPIRB. My best upgrade to the boat for singlehanding: a Raymarine 6000+ below deck pilot with remote for my C&C 33. It handled 6-foot following seas with 30 knots apparent without a complaint.
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I hope you all have properly rigged jacklines and wear an inflatable lifevest. We lost a sailor in Long Island Sound this summer who was probably going up to raise his sail, and nobody went over to investigate the motoring boat going in circle until hours later when he was probably gone. A google search on rigging jacklines will bring up lots of good material.

On a lighter note, you should see how people look at you when you singlehandedly raise the sails at the dock and shove off.
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Sailing a lone is great way to refine skill as a sailor. It also give us a chance to unwind from the day at work or a moment to ourselves. But in regards to safety is really wise to sail alone?
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why all the ????????? Denise

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Alone at sea without a whistle.

I sailed alone for years out here in Hawaii on my Rozinate 28' and
loved the solitude. One must of course take special precautions
but I can't see any reason to suppose gender differences. But I suppose
it might be like a woman going to a bar alone... every looser in there
(Boat in the next slip.... sailing nearby etc) ...thinks this is 'his' big chance.

Also, thanks for the tank source lead. 'Moeller Marine' doesn't have a
rep out here in Hawaii but I will chase down a supplier in California.
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nice thread...

Thanks for all the commentary, it's encouraging (like I need it!). Being able to sail solo is one of the things that draws me to sailing. It's not too unusual for fishermen in my area to venture out alone, some do it commercially. I don't think I'd be an oddity here as a female in Alaska single handing. If anything I'll get eye rolls for not having a fishing/working boat.
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Sailing a lone is great way to refine skill as a sailor. It also give us a chance to unwind from the day at work or a moment to ourselves. But in regards to safety is really wise to sail alone?
Comments like this drive me batty.

No matter how many precautions you take (personal EPIRB, sailing plan, jacklines, etc), the answer is "no" it's not wise. It would always be safer with another human in the boat. It would also be safer and more prudent to just stay in your living room on the sofa and not ever sail. Or ride a motorcycle, or go skiing, or.....

It's simply a matter of risk management vs. how much you want to live your life: If you want to live, really live, then you go out and sail alone but you mitigate the risks as much as possible with equipment and training until the reward vs. risk equation reaches a level that you can tolerate.

We are such a risk-averse, wrap-me-in-bubblepaper society today that it just makes me cringe.
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eh... getting out there alone even if just to motor is a great way to decompress. power boaters get out there alone.. and they only have one source of power. Sailors have 3 or more.. the motor, the main sail, and or the jib. even more if it's a ketch!

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