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Re: Single hand a 40 foot boat?
Depends on how it is "set up". Lots of tasks on a sailboat... some can easily be done by one person... sequences may be more challenging... Forces increase rapidly as size increases. You need to ask why you need a particular length boat and how to set up for short and single handed sailing. Example... anchoring.... chain trumps nylon rode... manual windlass trumps hand over hand tackle handling.... electrical windlass trumps manual windlass... 2 way electric trumps UP only...Remote control electric trumps bow only controls. Each step up makes it easier to single hand ANY size boat. Bigger boats will need the anchoring upgrades for single handing.
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