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I've tried it when singlehanding but so far I'm not convinced.

1) Trip hazard in the cockpit, right in front of the companionway? When singlehanding? Seriously?



2) I don't like sitting in one place for more than a couple of minutes at a time. Crossing the boat to trim the jib is a good excuse to move around and point my head the other direction. I need to peek under the jib to look for traffic more often than I need to trim the jib anyway.



3) I think on dinghies you really don't want to move around if you don't have to, because you are the ballast. But on bigger boats, moving around isn't as much of a big deal.
1. What are you going down the companionway for. The beer should be on deck and real men piss off the rail.

2 Up your Ritalin dose. Once you get on a starboard tack and have the sheets balanced you don't have to move a muscle until land is near which could be months depending on your location.
3. Your kidding right, moving around is always a big deal.

And of course if the motor is on you instantly take as nap. Ask Benne

P.S. The above comments are a lame attempt at humor, no offense meant.

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David, thanks for refresher on cross sheeting...used cross sheeting
once to complete cruise when winch froze.
As of late...usually think of cross(as in angry)sheeting only when out of line crew member reacts to being "short sheeted".
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I've tried it when singlehanding but so far I'm not convinced.

3) I think on dinghies you really don't want to move around if you don't have to, because you are the ballast. But on bigger boats, moving around isn't as much of a big deal.
My Capri 22, is hardly a dinghy, however the displacement to sail area on it is high enough, that the crew moving around is well felt. The boat depends on crew to balance it for best sailing.

More importantly, Cross sheeting is a necessity when the wind pipes up single handing.
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2 Up your Ritalin dose. Once you get on a starboard tack and have the sheets balanced you don't have to move a muscle until land is near which could be months depending on your location.
Months? Morning after a daysail I usually wake up with my head permanently stuck pointing to the left (or right, depending on the dominant tack). Maybe I need to mix in some muscle relaxant with my Ritalin. Or maybe I need my Ritalin brought to me by a masseuse. When she's not otherwise occupied she can trim the leeward sheet
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Adam, david is right. It's common for single handers to cross sheet, not to mention being safer working from the high side of the boat. Yes, moving matters on most boats, even keel boats <40'... larger if it's a high performance boat.
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When she's not otherwise occupied she can trim the leeward sheet
In this context I have have absolutely no idea what trimming the leeward sheet means.
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I was out on my Catalina 22 this weekend and gave this a try. All I can say is that I feel silly now for not doing this before. It was so easy to keep trim my jib sheets using thus method. I'll definitely be cross sheeting more often next season.
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I was out on my Catalina 22 this weekend and gave this a try. All I can say is that I feel silly now for not doing this before. It was so easy to keep trim my jib sheets using thus method. I'll definitely be cross sheeting more often next season.
Glad you liked it. Also don't forget that if you happen to forget and leave the winch handle down below like I did yesterday and the sheet is too hard to pull in by hand and you don't want to luff cross sheeting gives you a way to pull it in.

Just take the tail in one hand and use the other hand and grab the sheet right in the middle between the two winches and pull straight back towards the stern. As you release pull in the tail. This way you can sheet in without a winch. It is called sweating the sheet and was a very popular technique in the days before winches.
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David, that is exactly what I did with my sheets. The wind came up heavy on me and I had a 150 headsail up. I was on a broad reach and it was difficult to handle the tiller and sheet the headsail. I took the jib sheet and gave it one turn on the leeward winch brought it across to the the windward winch and gave it two turns around it and fixed it in the jam cleat. When I needed to trim I would pull the sheet to me and take up the slack.

I think I wrote a wall of text to basically say I I did exactly what you described.
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My yacht has a fractional rig with 100% jib and cross sheets over the cabin to winches and cleats on the windward side.

Works well and makes single handing simple.
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