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Re: Single Handed Sailing
One problem with most published Polar diagrams is that they assume a full blown race crew with their weight in the right spot, i.e. weight on the rail. Because of that, polars and sail changes will be different than those for a fully crewed boats. Typically single-handers will have less weight aboard, and much less moveable ballast, and less crew to do sail changes. This puts a premium on setting up the boat with sails that work across as broad a wind range as possible and then designing the hardware, rig, and deck plan to allow rapid depowering (rather than furling or reefing.)
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Curmudgeon at Large- and rhinestone in the rough, sailing my Farr 11.6 on the Chesapeake Bay