Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Pacific Northwest, USA
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Congratulations, single handing is a huge step!!
When I went out of the club on Catalina 25s with my family (essentially less crew than single handing if you know what I mean) I used to shank on the jib before I left harbor, and usually reefed the main too (those boats sail fine with reefed main, maybe lose a knot or so in lighter winds). I put the loose jib stuff in a bag tied to the pulpit and left open and facing up, that way it is out of the way but lets the jib go up when it's time, sort of like a spinnaker bag. Never had to go forward cause the halyards were all led back and I was already reefed.
My new old boat has roller furling, so that solves that problem nicely. I'm thinking of adding jiffy reefing.
Giulietta, you must live at cold water, I'm in puget sound area and am paranoid as heck about going in the water too. This time of year you only have about 15 usable minute to save yourself if you are lucky.
Last edited by tenuki; 03-21-2007 at 04:28 AM.