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Old 06-28-2013
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Re: Small boat single handed hoisting

When I had a tiller steered boat, I would leave the shock chord rigged tight across the cockpit the entire time I was sailing. When I wanted to leave the tiller I would take a couple wraps around the end of the tiller and it would be held by friction. The neat thing about this is that you can make small precise adjustments by twisting the wraps a part of a turn around the tiller end. You can make a small twist and then watch what the boat does and either live with it or tweak to your heart's content.

Another thing is that you can shift your weight to steer the boat. You can learn to do this by setting the tiller to steer a straight line on a particular course. Then try steering the boat by moving your weight across the boat. It is amazing how effective this is on smaller boats, so much so that it is how I steered my 28 footer when on the foredeck jibing the spinnaker pole single-handed.


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Re: Small boat single handed hoisting

Re sailhoisting shorthanded.
Simply rig up a steering line, helm to coaming block, forward round mast back to other coaming block, to other side helm. You can now steer from the mast.
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Re: Small boat single handed hoisting

Really good to find this post as I have the same issues.

I can use a bungee as Jeff describes and it seems to work just fine. The main issue I have is that as soon as I turn into the wind and lose steerage the wind pushes the bow around. So I need to be pretty quick to hoist. I ordered a prefeeder and think it will help a lot.

Another frustrating item is getting the mainsheet loose enough to allow me to hoist but not so loose that the boom is swinging like a wild monkey. If I had a topping lift I'm sure it would be easier, but I don't yet.

I also need to add a couple of blocks to make my main halyard easier. On my Rhodes 19 the mast is stepped at the cabin floor with the halyard exiting there. It is cleated off at the centerboard trunk under the cabin, so I have to duck under there to cleat it off. Not far to go, but I would rather stay in the cockpit to do it.

It is great to read different solutions to the same issues, thanks all.
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Re: Small boat single handed hoisting

You can also put cleats on the side of your tiller and have
Lines or bungees connected to lines run from the sides of your boat, cleared to the tiller. It's easy to adjust and doubles as a sheet to tiller system.
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Re: Small boat single handed hoisting

I also sail in the mountains of Colorado.

My boat is set up with slugs and a mast gate. I'll motor into the wind at an idle. There is a cleat on each stern corner of the boat so I'll run a rope from one cleat, a couple wraps around the tiller, then to the other cleat. This lets me make adjustments to the tiller, the wraps slide.

Then I'll go to the front of the cockpit and raise the main with the main sheet loose. Pull in the main, turn away from the wind, and shut off the motor.
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