Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Gloucester, MA
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Whether it is correct or not really depends on whether it works well or not. Sailing is an evolving sport and everything is figured out by the people out there doing it. If you have an idea for how to do something, think it over carefully and try to find good and bad points for it then decide whether you want to try it. If no one else does something, it is often wise to figure out why.
To answer your questions, I much prefer to sail off the hook if possible(I don't like docks). This means raising sails from aft forward. When raising, the sheet has enough slack that it won't prevent the sail from going up or slam but not so much that I could loose it. On a boat like a ketch, the mizzen gets sheeted hard once it has been raised to keep the bow into the wind. Once the anchor is broken out, the main is let out, and the jib is unrolled and backed so that you fall off the correct way. Once the boat has fallen off some, the jib is passed and the main is sheeted in.
I don't use the engine unless I am in a really tight spot that I can't sail out of. I don't use the autopilot but I do steer with my feet a lot. An autopilot will do quite well(except when you are going backward before you fall off and the sails fill), I just find it more fun not to use one.