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Okay, all great advice on the main; and if you really need to cheat in bad weather; you can buy a battery powered drill, with a 90 degree chuck; and a "winch bit" from the sailing magazines. Hoist by hand from the cockpit; slip on the drill to the winch, and pull the trigger.
Stop when you are close to the full hoist position; and EASE it the last foot.
These things are powerful. Can be run under the dodger in a blow....
Great advice about the drill. A friend of mine showed me that one. Can you be more specific about obtaining a winch bit from the sailing magazines? I haven't found one so far. Thanks very much.
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I've never tried this but I found the bit at

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Hey, thanks, Jay! I'll forward this to my husband who loves to be the tool guy. Any excuse to get a new tool makes his day (mine, too; I just don't let on).
Congratulations on the imminent launch of Kenlanu.
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To add to the information already posted:


Docking: With our fixed three-blade prop the stern walks to port a LOT in reverse. This is a godsend in single handed docking (on the face of a dock) as long as I can come in Port side to. I approach the dock at about 30 to 45 degrees, swing in, put it hard in reverse and stop the boat with it sitting quietly and parallel to the dock -- well almost every time. I then just step out, affix lines, and delight in looking like I know what I'm doing -- for once! Docking in a slip is terra incognita to me so I'd appreciate hearing how others do this.


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I also have a 3 blade prop and have a lot of prop walk. I go into my slip like you. My problem is backing out of the slip. The boat wants to do a 360 deg turn. I am in a double slip with no pilings between me and the boat next to me. My fear is damaging the boat next to me. When single handing the boat and getting out of the slip (with normal 15 knot trades trying to push me back into the slip) is high tension. I found the best way is to tie a line at mid ship and walk the boat out as far as I can then jump on and motor out.

I have also found placing the rudder on the starboard side counter acts the prop walk somewhat.

Do you have any ideas how to make backing easier?
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Do you have any ideas how to make backing easier?
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I think that Bill Balme started a thread on this topic in relation to backing out of the travellift niche at his boatyard. There were some very useful responses from those who know more than I.

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Can you give us the url on that thread? I don't have much luck finding specific threads.
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Great advice about the drill. A friend of mine showed me that one. Can you be more specific about obtaining a winch bit from the sailing magazines? I haven't found one so far. Thanks very much.
a couple of other items about the "drill bit for a winch"
a piece of old wetsuit neoprene glued around the main part of the drill keeps the scratches off the deck,( do not cover the drill vents) and there is a shear pin on the drill shaft you can replace with a stainless steel heavy gauge that won't break as fast under load.
The sales page shows someone running a crew member to the top of the mast with this setup, and it works great, but make sure you have a second halyard and a safety line on the crew. It can run you up there a little TOO fast!
Our drill lives on the cabin top to starboard, under the dodger when the winds up.
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One of the other singlehanded rigs I have found to be great is a line with a "U shaped 3/8" hook on the end. You can throw it across a dock as you are coming alongside, and "grapple" the other side with the hook, wrap the line around a winch in the cockpit, throw the rudder over, and it brings the boat up tight while you get a line on her.
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A lot of great advise from my single handing a PSC 37 question! Plenty of experienced salts out there willing to share!! Thank you!

So far this season I have attempted raising the main, furling and unfurling the jib, plus docking -- all single handed. A few things I have learned on the way... 1) muscles are super necessary and should be ready for the task, however, can't make up for technique that provides mechanical advantage (e.g. loosened mainsheet when raising last feet of main, or a bit more head to wind when furling the jib); 2) the auto-pilot is not responding the way I thought it would for a tack or a gybe so more experimentation is needed; 3) my husband isn't thrilled with letting me learn single handing.

Still learning... And again thanks for the shared ideas!

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Can you give us the url on that thread? I don't have much luck finding specific threads.
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I found it at

Reversing a 37

Now maybe I should try out some of the advice myself!

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