Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: Long Island, NY
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IMHO, for single handing a boat there are more important things than lines led aft. A good headsail furling system is where I would start. Then I would want a way to handle the main. I have lazy jacks on my boat (O'day 35) that make dropping the main easy. My boat is on a mooring, so I usually get aboard, start the engine, prepare to shove off, and raise the main while still at the mooring. Then I drop the mooring lines, and stroll back to the cockpit to grab the wheel.
I can't reach the main sheet from the wheel but I can reach the head sail sheets. I either engage the pilot or just lock the wheel when I need to adjust the main sheet or traveler.
Lastly, my boat came with the main halyard led aft, but I moved it back to the mast. It's much easier to raise the main that way, and I like to be at the mast when I drop it to make sure the main flakes nicely.
Deep Blue C, 2002 C&C 110
Mt. Sinai, NY
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