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3 Weeks Ago 10:04 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.
3 Weeks Ago 08:37 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 08:01 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 10:35 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 10:12 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 04:42 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.

Currently at 38 20 10 N 76 27 42 W , Solomons, MD
09-19-2007 04:22 PM
tenuki club sailing is a good route. I sailed at a club for 3 years before taking the plunge and getting my own boat. since I had the opportunity to take out different boats of differing sizes, etc I had a much better idea what I liked when it came time to buy. also, not having to do boat maintence or any of the other boat owner things was really nice. You just show up and sail. A lot of the clubs offer lessons too, and some of them have programs that help you get/find people to sail with too.
09-17-2007 01:30 PM
sailhagg Can I add my two cents?

My first sailboat was a MacGregor 26 with a small outboard engine. I had a mast raising system that made getting it up much easier. I could rig the boat in 30-40 minutes. The lakes I went to had pretty open areas where I could rig in the parking lot and then back the all ready to go sailboat down the ramp.

Once in the water I'd hold a bow and stern line and walk the boat off the trailer (reverse for back on the trailer) and tie off at the dock for a couple minutes while parking my SUV. Without the water ballast it was a pretty light weight boat. I didn't have to pull forward too far to start the ballast draining so my SUV didn't work real hard either.

I liked this boat quite a bit. The cabin while not huge was definately sufficent for week-ends. She was a bit tender and I reefed before most others. All in all a fun boat that I only had to spend $5K for!
09-17-2007 12:13 PM
arbarnhart Redneck accent? I resemble that remark. We do sound a little different, but that's because in the South, we don't speak the king's English; we speak God's English.
09-16-2007 08:32 PM
sailingdog LOL..... Just watch out for the rednecks in their bass boats.
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