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13 Hours Ago 11:33 AM
Seaman_3rdClass
Re: Top 10 Sailboats Easiest & Best to Single Hand

The 393 and 423 we looked at had jib winches that were (at least) 56s. Is that undersized for such a boat? The B423 also had electric winches.
14 Hours Ago 10:27 AM
zeehag
Re: Top 10 Sailboats Easiest & Best to Single Hand

formosa 41 ketch. no problem. smoooth and easy even in weather-- just get the best otto pile it possible.
ask jeff hartjoy about single handing a ketch rig. his is a baba 40.

btw--you will find as many answers as sailors and boats....
16 Hours Ago 09:09 AM
rckfd
Re: Top 10 Sailboats Easiest & Best to Single Hand

oops my bad!

wishful thinking, Freuden slip, damn auto-correct, on and on and on...
16 Hours Ago 08:57 AM
Minnewaska
Re: Top 10 Sailboats Easiest & Best to Single Hand

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.... found the wenches to be under powered for boats that size.......
I've learned to never complain about the wenches aboard.

typo. I know
16 Hours Ago 08:34 AM
rckfd
Re: Top 10 Sailboats Easiest & Best to Single Hand

I'd like to define SOLO SAILOR:
When you call out "ready about" and your crew grabs their pillows and moves to the other side you are a solo sailor.

Practice makes the solo sailor not the boat. Buy the one you like best, sail it and improve it to make it better for you. I have a 32 footer have soloed it to and fro New England to the Caribbean twice and still can't make up my mind on a suit of sails.
But thats the fun of it right?


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While this is an old thread, could you share your opinion on the B393 vs B423? These are some of the models we're considering.

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I have soloed on both those models and found the wenches to be under powered for boats that size. I found the 39 in a stiff breeze impossible to reach just could not get it to balance. But that was just one afternoon.
18 Hours Ago 06:46 AM
Minnewaska
Re: Top 10 Sailboats Easiest & Best to Single Hand

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....I have found that when its really blowing and ruff that I have better control and feel safer at the mast where everything starts and terminates.........
I'm curious what makes you feel safer at the mast. I understand the argument for control.
1 Day Ago 12:58 AM
Dancin' Bare
Re: Top 10 Sailboats Easiest & Best to Single Hand

It's not the boat as much as to how you have it set up. My last 3 boats, 27', 34' and now 41' have all been set up for single handing. I spend most of my time on the water by myself and with my dog. What works for me is a roller furling head sail. Changing a headsail when its blowing the seas are big isn't as much fun as I used to think it was when I was young. I have lazy jacks for my main and I really like this system. I fly a 4 full barton main that really sets well but is really big. I have never felt real comfortable with a furling main. A good auto pilot really helps. A lot of people want the lines lead back. Except for the furling head sail I prefer having the main halyard, and reefing done from the mast. If something goes wrong I'm going to be on deck anyways. I have found that when its really blowing and ruff that I have better control and feel safer at the mast where everything starts and terminates. Jack lines are must if your going to go it alone. Best advice…. figure out what is going to go wrong and then set up your boat in a way that you can solve the problem when your on your own...
1 Day Ago 06:57 PM
Seaman_3rdClass
Re: Top 10 Sailboats Easiest & Best to Single Hand

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I don't know what you mean in that last post? You want us to put down what we think are the top ten? Very few have sailed on ten different boats solo so how the hell would they know? You will just get drivel.

Beneteau 393 I have done about 15,000 miles solo and I prefer to handle her myself.
I would prefer best as solo Jeanneau 54
Beneteau 54
Beneteau 50
Jeanneau 49
Beneteau 473 47 footer....
Beneteau 46
Beneteau 423

In that order. But if money was no object I would solo an Oyster 57, but I would have a cleaning crew at each port!

Basically, get the biggest boat you can. And only buy a "proper" boat, a modern, production boat, cheap, reliable, roomy etc.
While this is an old thread, could you share your opinion on the B393 vs B423? These are some of the models we're considering.

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10-22-2015 11:47 AM
outbound
Re: Top 10 Sailboats Easiest & Best to Single Hand

B- just wonder if you ever had the opportunity to sail a cruising schooner such as a Murray Peterson or a Daniel Bombigher or a staysail schooner like a Cheribini?
Tack- just throw the wheel over.
Reef and lazy- just throw off a halyard to strike a sail.
Now with no need for gaffs a schooner or ketch with a decent size mizzen may be the easy rig to raise,strike and reef. Performance hard on the wind maybe slightly worse than a sloop.DDW as well. But most cruising avoids those points of sail if at all possible. Hate wing and wing. Reluctant to leave on AP when doing that and gentlemen don't beat to weather. Actually usually fall off to 40-45'apparent just for comfort.
10-22-2015 10:32 AM
Bleemus
Re: Top 10 Sailboats Easiest & Best to Single Hand

Easiest boat to singlehanded? Anything that has an autopilot. Except perhaps a schooner.


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