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Re: Single hand a 40 foot boat?
Originally Posted by MedusaoftheSea
Interesting points all around. I was thinking Krabbi since I have watch a lot of videos about SV Esper on YouTube and IIRC, her refit was done in Krabbi and I think that boat looks very nice... A bit too much white inside for my liking (I tend to like modern but still looking like some Gothic dungeon) but the interior seems very nice and spacious. Esper is a ketch too.
Since we're talking about sails- what about Junk rigged boats or even junks? Are junks even able to do blue water?
Also, someone like me would want to steer way clear of South Africa. I've had great experiences in SE Asia... they seem to like me there and are fair with me, at least.
But that's just diving and training in Muay Thai... bringing my own home across this time is definitely a different kettle of fish!
An Oyster 435 would be quite low on my list of boats to single-hand offshore. While I am a big fan of Kim Holman's design work, these are really big 43 footers to push around single-handed. The control line loads would be beyond what I would want to handle short-handed. These are also comparatively high drag designs relative to their stability which means more frequent sail changes which on a boat this big would grind a physically fit single-hander down. I suggest that you look for boats that have displacements below 20,000 lbs and more ideally down around 15,000 lbs.
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