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11-29-2007 01:37 AM
mrkeith
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Originally Posted by mrkeith View Post
hi, how do you go about setting and dousing a spinnaker by yourself? is this w/ or w/out a pole? is there any wind parameters you work w/in?
cheers
oops i guess i should have read thru the post first......sorry..
11-29-2007 01:35 AM
mrkeith
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Originally Posted by Tartan34C View Post
I think single-handing is fine and I have covered a lot of miles including going trans-Atlantic that way. The only trick is to do everything in a way that doesnít require that you be in two places at the same time. Plan the flow of work so that things can either be done from one place or that all work can be done sequencely as you move about the boat.

The trickiest thing has been setting and recovering a spinnaker by myself with a close second being planning far enough ahead to allow for boat handling without an engine.
All the best,
Robert Gainer
hi, how do you go about setting and dousing a spinnaker by yourself? is this w/ or w/out a pole? is there any wind parameters you work w/in?
cheers
11-29-2007 01:30 AM
wiseleyb I hear ya SD - I was the only guy in Boston with a 28' boat and a 45' boat anchor and all chain and no windless. Of course - I lived on anchor in the summer and took a train 1-2 hours into the city - so it was nice to be "sure".
11-28-2007 11:28 PM
sailingdog My boat doesn't move much at anchor, since I believe in heavy ground tackle as a form a cheap insurance for a good night's rest. You sound like you anchor like a powerboater.

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Originally Posted by wiseleyb View Post
SD: My boat seems to move along quite nicely at anchor - maybe you need a higher horse power anchor! You'd think your multi-hull windage would do the trick though. Let me know if you need any help and I'll throw you some tips.
11-28-2007 09:47 PM
tenuki
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SD: My boat seems to move along quite nicely at anchor - maybe you need a higher horse power anchor! You'd think your multi-hull windage would do the trick though. Let me know if you need any help and I'll throw you some tips.
funniest post on sailnet ever.
11-28-2007 09:36 PM
wiseleyb SD: My boat seems to move along quite nicely at anchor - maybe you need a higher horse power anchor! You'd think your multi-hull windage would do the trick though. Let me know if you need any help and I'll throw you some tips.
11-28-2007 12:26 AM
sailaway21 The strobe light is considered a distress signal.
11-27-2007 11:51 AM
Lancer28 You could potentially fly your not under command pennant and sleep during the day under heave-to. If I were going to do it at night, I would use a masthead strobe instead of green/red or your anchor light which could be mistaken for a vessel underway.
11-27-2007 08:58 AM
sailingdog Actually, this is quite illegal. A boat at anchor would be expected not to be moving, since it is made fast to the bottom. Your boat would still be moving...

If you want to use lights...then the lights you'd probably want are two red all-arounds, one about a meter above the other. This is the light signal for a vessel not under command. The two red lights with the bicolor and stern light would be the best lights to use IMHO. From the USCG on light signals:

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A vessel not under command shall exhibit:
    1. two all-round red lights in a vertical line where they can best be seen;
    2. two balls or similar shapes in a vertical line where they can best be seen;
    3. when making way through the water, in addition to the lights prescribed in this paragraph, sidelights and a sternlight.
This would alert nearby ships that your boat was making way, but not very likely to respond in terms of making course corrections or alterations.

Sailaway's suggestion of a Red over a Green, is no different than that of a masthead tricolor... it is merely another way to indicate that the vessel is a sailboat, but does little to indicate that the vessel may not be able to make course alterations.

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On this topic--if I am singlehanding, and outside of shipping lanes, heave to, turn on the anchor light and go below to sleep, am I legal? Not asking wise, but legal.
11-27-2007 12:47 AM
sailaway21 dohenyboy,
The short answer is, "NO". You are not at anchor. You can display, at the masthead, all-around red over green though along with your regular side and stern lights, serving much the same purpose as I perceive your intent.
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