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post #11 of 83 Old 10-05-2007
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Call me chicken, but solo = motor down (mine lifts for drag)in case I need it NOW, no poles, auto-inflatable PFD with cell phone in a zippy, and I never go DDW if I can help it, and then rig a preventer via a snatch block to the bow cleat and back to a winch (let's me keep it tight from both sides, mainsheet and preventer).
It's much easier on the nerves KNOWing the boom can't do diddly until you tell it to.
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But chuckles, accidental jibes in a multi-hull are not much of a threat, since atwartships heeling motion is very limited, right? Unless you cross over that narrow line and capsize, that is. Then there's no self-righting.

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Hawg...I bet you are glad you had that bowel movement yesterday now!!
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I've single handed 15 to 26 footers. The latter was a 26 ft Knockabout. A real sweet boat to handle. No auto pilot, Just me the boat and the wind. No real problems at any time.
Now thinking of getting about a 40' or better to live aboard and single hand. Will definitely have a wind vane or electronic Auto pilot. Due to more boat and much larger sail area.
One of my tricks single handing was to plan out everything first and practice, practice and again practice.
Still like motorcycle riding. You need to have a very healthy respect for the sea & weather. As a biker has that healthy respect for the road.
Get cocky and you are dead meat.
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The "event" that occurred yesterday would have filled the cockpit up to my knees. I'm already getting a little nostalgic for yesterday. Makes me want to sing a song...

Yesterday, all my troubles seemed so far away,
Now I need a place to hide away,
Oh, I believe in yesteday...

You know, I don't think that song is about a bowel movement.
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There's a shadow hanging over me,
Oh I believe in not accidentally jibing and crapping my pants.
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Let me get this straight--accidental jib=bad right? Did your cheeks slam shut with enough force that you were nearly sucked in and winked out of existence? Seriously, you would have been missed.

Our strength is often composed of the weakness that we're damned if we are going to show.

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He almost headed for the gerbil bar.

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He almost headed for the gerbil bar.
I don't get it....Wombat, can you translate?

Our strength is often composed of the weakness that we're damned if we are going to show.

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