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Re: Single Handing Made Easy - What Are Your Techniques?
For my boat, the jib is my driver, the power sail. The main is more for stability, but does have considerable driving force. I can easily sail on the main alone but it has a bit of weather helm. Sailing with just one sail, the jib or genny is the way to go.
However, in the situation presented, motor failure while docking....the main is much easier for me to deploy quickly and control easily. If I had planned to sail in, I'd use just the jib and not even wrap it around the winch, just through the pulley and hand held....pulling in for a bit of power, luffing to slow or stop as I make my way in.
That's just me personally....and my boat....your method and boat may vary of course...
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1982 Catalina 25 #2897
Eagle Mountain Lake, Texas