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|03-03-2008 01:16 PM|
|tjaldur||Always keep an auxiliary line long enough to let you reach the bar (and find the way back to your boat.|
|03-03-2008 10:22 AM|
How about stepping off onto the dock... shouldn't have a tether on doing that.... makes getting to the bar difficult.
Originally Posted by tjaldur View Post
|03-02-2008 11:03 PM|
Good going on your solo. It's the start of an entirely different level of sailing. I bought my a Pearson 26 in San Diego last year and one of my first year goals was to sail solo. You're absolutely right about in and out of the slip. The boats aft of me are very expensive and starbord of them is a sailing school I have to pass every time I come and go. Fortunately haven't given them anything to snicker about. Reverse is your friend! Very helpful for stopping forward momentum. Also using both the tiller and engine to stear is much tighter. The first few times I went out were dedicated to using only main or only jib. This helped in working out individual details without exponantilly (spelling?) complicating my head trip. I assume that once a tack is completed you prepare your lazy sheet well before the next tack.
When friends come out now they are welcome to do as much as they want but in the end it's like a ballet to me and I do my dance.
Pearson 26 #1396
|03-02-2008 02:55 PM|
|tjaldur||oooops, almost forgot. Never, ever do anything on deck whatsoever without being connected to you boat with a line.|
|03-02-2008 02:52 PM|
In my opinion you should not hesitate about some sort of autopilot/selfsteeringsystem, if you want to sail alone. Not only for handling the sails, but for also for being able to respond to different sort of calls of nature, whether it concerns output or input. You may need food or something warm to drink.
From time to time you will need both hands for the compass or charts or other functions concerning dead reckoning. Having an autopilot is almost better than a crew member (it does not crave sleep or beer).
With an autopilot you set the course directly in the winds eye and let the engine run at a speed to balance the wind and you have all the time in the world to handle your sails.
|02-29-2008 12:25 PM|
Originally Posted by sailingdog View Post
As for the j/24 tipping and swamping. I do keep the lockers locked, and the hatches closed. And, you may find this humorous... but I've been saving and storing 2-liter bottles in all the unused space below deck. I also bought a great used air mattress to sleep on, rather than foam (a steal at 8 bucks). I don't have 33 cubic feet filled up (enough to counter the j/24 weight) with these free flotation devices yet, but I may get there
|02-29-2008 12:14 PM|
Originally Posted by camaraderie View Post
as for the tiller helper, That's pretty much what I was talking about, except that I'll just do it with what I have on hand. No need to spend cash if I can avoid it.
|02-29-2008 12:11 PM|
Originally Posted by chucklesR View Post
Believe it or not, I visualize leaving the slip under sail, but I'm nowhere near confident enough to try it yet. This motor does rotate for reverse, which has some fun side effects, like dragging the fuel line out behind the motor if you turn it the wrong way . As I get more comfy I think I can live with the rotation, just my first couple of times were hectic.
The main halyard does run to the cockpit, which right now makes the operation slower, because when the boltrope jams, I have to run up to the mast, unjam, run back to the clutch and haul some more. Well, when I say run, it's only a couple steps, but still I haven't called around about adding slugs or swapping sails, but probably will soon.
I'll keep using the jib, I just gave up for that day to let the steam vent and because messing around with it was taking concentration from everything else going on in the eyes of a first timer. I tend to focus on problems until they are solved, to the exclusion of other things... so I chose to forget that problem before missing something important going on that I should really focus on.
I'll admit I was not tied into the boat that day. Winds were pretty light and I didn't feel any concern. But, you guys are right, I should be tied in.
|02-29-2008 11:57 AM|
I too sail alone many times...
|02-29-2008 11:54 AM|
Originally Posted by sailingdog View Post
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