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05-04-2016 10:31 PM
Re: Trailer-sailing by myself - is this realistic?

You definitely can!
03-14-2016 01:53 PM
Re: Trailer-sailing by myself - is this realistic?

Yeah, I post back to these old threads too, so that if anyone does a context search they can find answers.

I have no doubt that someone with less body strength than me (and I'm a keyboard puncher for a living), could solo launch my S2. The trick is to get the proper purchase on the mast raising... that's the trickiest part of the work. I'm not out to be macho doing it myself, I prefer, safe, and simple. Because I only launch/retrieve once a year, timeliness isn't my goal, safe is. It takes an honest 2 hours to launch or so. 3hours if I take multiple beer breaks.
03-14-2016 12:22 PM
Re: Trailer-sailing by myself - is this realistic?

iam- she is probably retired and cruising the Caribbean by now. I think she got her answer back in 07. For those who follow this thread- My Compac 23 was the best trailer sailor I ever had, although I have trailered boats from 11 feet (back of my pickup) to 27 feet.
03-13-2016 11:39 PM
Re: Trailer-sailing by myself - is this realistic?

You certainly can!
11-02-2015 09:04 PM
Re: Trailer-sailing by myself - is this realistic?

My A-frame has some decent advantages to other systems I've seen. Mostly that the pull is steady from the center, meaning less likely the mast goes up crooked (or down that way).. also using the 4:1 purchase I can stop at any point and steer the mast some left to right... works well.
11-02-2015 07:37 PM
Me and Boo
Re: Trailer-sailing by myself - is this realistic?

An old thread but worth keeping up. The one view I have is old fashioned, using leverage. Mast up or down, with the right system can be easy with the right design and tools. Hauling her out or splashing her the right winch on the trailer can save the day. And, if all else fails, allow the guys help you.
09-30-2015 07:01 AM
Re: Trailer-sailing by myself - is this realistic?

This is an 8 yo thread...

For the record I launch my S2 7.9 (translate 26 foot), myself. NO I don't launch it every time I sail, but 2 hours in Spring and 2 hours in Fall are all me (that includes beer breaks)...

Yes I raise the 31 foot mast myself (just takes timing and a rig with an A-frame and vang purchase).
09-20-2007 09:35 PM
deniseO30 I had a hunter 23 swing keel. I love the boat but the trailer sucked. and the rig was way too heavy for one person. I sold it. have a 30ft Oday now and It's way way easier to single hand then the smaller boat. Of course I'm not going to tow it anywhere LOL! But someday with enough experiance I hope to go up the East coast! Already been to Cheseapeake bay a few times! not alone though. next month I will be though, and i'm so looking forward to it!
09-20-2007 09:12 PM
SailorPam We had a woman at our lake who single handed a Com Pac, I think it was 19'? It was a nice boat. She even had the anchor rode run aft so she could drop it from the cockpit. I think another fine single handed boat is the Aquarius 23. I've talked three of my friends into them. I know it can be trailered by a Ford Ranger pick up. It has a centerboard, so it's nice and low on the trailer and doesn't require an extension. The interior layout is very comfortable. It does take a second set of hands when the mast goes up, but everything else could be done by one person (and maybe a third if it has a roller furler). Our experience is that when you're rigging a sailboat somebody is always close by to lend a hand for the tricky spots when you need extra hands & eyes to watch for snags.
09-19-2007 03:42 PM
PBzeer The Hunter line of smaller boats are all easy to setup. Precision is another model that makes some nice smaller boats as well, and I would definitely second the Com-Pacs and the older Macgregors.

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