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SV Auspicious's comment:
'Just as an example, many people (a great number of whom don't single-hand) will tell you to rig lines back to the cockpit. I sail single-handed more often than not and I strongly differ. On my 40' center cockpit, all main sail halyards and reefing gear and spinnaker halyards are at the mast. I really like it that way. I would not begin to suggest that my solution is right for everyone, but I do think you should develop enough experience to come to your own conclusion.'
I agree. I sailed solo around the world and could have never done so with all lines rigged to the cockpit. Many times I had to physically pull the main down. In some cases, during shrieking squalls, I bent slides. On the open ocean it is near impossible to head into the wind and seas to reef or drop the main....especially solo.
So... Maddie123... continue doing what you are doing...ask questions...I still do after more than 30 years of sailing.
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Last edited by Cruisingdreamspress; 11-29-2008 at 12:56 PM.