SailNet Community - Reply to Topic
Thread: Singlehanding a PSC37??? Reply to Thread
Send Trackbacks to (Separate multiple URLs with spaces) :
Post Icons
You may choose an icon for your message from the following list:

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the SailNet Community forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
Please note: After entering 3 characters a list of Usernames already in use will appear and the list will disappear once a valid Username is entered.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

  Additional Options
Miscellaneous Options

Click here to view the posting rules you are bound to when clicking the
'Submit Reply' button below

  Topic Review (Newest First)
09-18-2012 05:49 PM
Re: Singlehanding a PSC37???

our PSC 37 Terrwyn also loves her "Strong Tack" and single line reefing so we can reef at most wind angles solo from the cockpit not a problem even in the night and blowing.
09-17-2012 07:14 PM
Re: Singlehanding a PSC37???


here's an idea that works for me.

Goal: hoist main at mast, but be able to drop main from cockpit.
1. I tie a snatch block to aft rail (stern pulpit) and lead it just aft of main halyard line-clutch (anywhere in cockpit is fine, as long as it is lead fair from halyard line clutch).
2. Mainsail halyard bitter end goes through its line clutch, then through the snatch block, then returns to mast (not necessary to run it back to mast through deck organizers etc).
3. Keeping the halyard line clutch in the closed position (preventing sail from dropping), I hoist main halyard at the mast, alternating with pulling up the slack on main halyard bitter end (that has returned to mast from snatch block).
4. When sail is essentially hoisted at mast, return to cockpit, remove halyard bitter end from snatch block, and finish hoisting halyard with winch.

08-28-2012 12:24 PM
Time Traveler
Re: Singlehanding a PSC37???


This is a late response to your questions about single-hand docking of a PSC37. My situation is a little harsher than normal docking, you may be able to adapt it to your own situation.

For docking purposes, our slip is just six pilings; the finger pier is much too short to be useful except for boarding. Sheltered from chop but crosswinds are common. With crew aboard, a piece of cake. Single-handed, it used to be pretty ugly. After a lot of experimentation, dents, and busted nav lights, here's the routine for Annie, our PSC37.

I lead a light line over the midship cleat, with the loop-end outboard to leeward (relative to wind across the slip that Annie is entering) and the tail trailing back around a winch and then draped neatly near the pedestal. Annie then enters the slip bow-first and straight-on ahead, with just enough way to steer. I reverse strongly as the first pile to leeward comes even with the midship cleat. By the Annie she comes to a complete halt, the first pile is about about 2/3 along her length.

At that point, with the prop now in neutral, it is pretty simple to boathook that first pile and tug the stern close enough to lay the docking loop by hand over whatever the first pile offers -- hook, cleat, ring, or the pile itself. I then slip Annie back into gear, dead slow ahead, with the rudder cocked to nudge the stern to leeward. At the same time, I adjust the docking line looped around the winch so that the first pile will kiss the rub rail on the quarter, about even with the pedestal. Meanwhile, tension on the docking line swings Annie's bow, so that the second pile meets the rub rail a bit forward of the spreaders. Now pinned against the first and second piles to leeward, the rest is pretty easy.

The full stop is one key. Even if the cross wind is pretty strong, it assures that Annie only has a few feet to to accelerate to leeward before she meets the piles, and without the added drama of rubbing off headway. And it doesn't matter much that Annie has quite a pronounced prop walk in reverse; the boathook easily makes up the difference. The other key is the light "docking" line, different from any of the "dock" lines used to tie her up. Having a cleat precisely on the balance point might improve routine but the midship cleat seems to work just fine as long as the rudder is cocked hard over.

Coming out is similar. The idea is warp her far enough back that the light line can again pin her to the first and second pilings to leeward. Take time to neatly cast off everything except the pinning line. If you are pinned to port, put her in neutral, unhook the pinning line, push the stern out a little, center the rudder, and reverse out. Prop walk will work perfectly in your favor for a pretty exit. If pinned to starboard, slip into neutral, walk forward to give the bow a good push, maybe even using the boat hook to get her six or eight feet off the second piling. Then walk back to the cockpit, unhook he pinning line, center the rudder, and slip into neutral. Another smooth exit.

Hope this is helpful.
06-13-2012 07:13 AM
Re: Singlehanding a PSC37???

Originally Posted by barkmecrazy View Post
[snip..] I go forward and lean on the granny pulpit and jump the halyard. I cleat it in the cam cleat that I installed on the lower part of the mast. Then I can go back to the cockpit and bring in the slack. [/I]
I LOVE this idea! Thanks!


SV Kenlanu
03-12-2012 08:22 AM
Re: Singlehanding a PSC37???

Really can't imagine the work and cost of 2 boats! And most of the time, too much fun being on the same boat! I think I like taking turns single-handing better than that alternative.
03-12-2012 05:44 AM
Re: Singlehanding a PSC37???

Seacurves: Maybe you should both get your own boat, sail together, raft up at night.
03-11-2012 04:29 PM
Re: Singlehanding a PSC37???

Thanks for sharing barkmecrazy!

Here is how my story continued after all the great suggestions on this thread.

I got the Tide Marine Strong Track installed at the start of last season. The main was not light or easy to lift as a result, but I definitely could get it hoisted from the cockpit now, which was not seemingly possible before.

Generally I found I had to ensure about mid-way up the mast all reefing and other lines were loose (as advised from others on this thread). Then at about a few feet to go I used the large winch and winched the remaining few feet up. I was able to do this myself with no problem, but plenty of muscle.

What I am planning to do differently this season is use 2 reefing lines back to the cockpit for each reef point, vs one line doing all the work. A lot more lines but I did not like my mainsail shape reefing with just a single line.

So the upshot is: I still don't really have single-handing down yet, mainly due to lack of really doing it. I kind of would love to just go out alone as you mentioned you do but my husband is not happy with the concept... at all. So the compromise this season is that we both learn to fully single-hand -- but while we are both on our PSC37. Likely not the same exquisite experience, but a path towards single-handing nonetheless.

I must admit, between my husband and I, I have been hogging all the docking and just about everything in-between. So time to share and see if that provides the practice and added proficiency I am looking for.

Again, thank you for the suggestion of cam cleat. I plan to continue the joy of experimentation this season.
03-09-2012 12:27 AM
Re: Singlehanding a PSC37???

I have the Strong Track on my Pacific Seacraft 37. It was a fabulous improvement. However, I still find it tiring to bring in all the halyard from the cockpit (being an older female might have something to do with that). I go forward and lean on the granny pulpit and jump the halyard. I cleat it in the cam cleat that I installed on the lower part of the mast. Then I can go back to the cockpit and bring in the slack. The last pull yanks the halyard out of the cleat and I can winch up the main for the last 6 inches. It makes singlehanding a breeze.

And I have the single line reef system with blocks at each reef tack and reef clew point.

I really enjoy singlehanding and these improvements have helped tremendously.

(I posted similar information in another thread about singlehanding)
06-21-2011 08:00 PM
Seacurves Thanks for the add. I have been surprised at how many times when things are in trouble the only notification I received was I just could not pull hard enough to get a line in or something similar.
06-21-2011 10:55 AM
seabum One more quick note about furling the jib - you can wrap the furling line on a winch to make it easier to pull in, but do not use a winch handle. If the jib is not furling with just your own strength, there's probably something wrong forward at the drum. Try going more forward to pull on the furling line, or check the drum for tangles. I've seen people blow their furling drums off by winching the line.
This thread has more than 10 replies. Click here to review the whole thread.

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome