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About to go look at a 16' Tanzer for sale. Can one person rig, launch, sail and upright this boat?

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Re: sailing 16' Tanzer

I did through my teen years with a Mistral 16, close to the same boat.
I'm not a big person either, about 150 soaking wet and 5'8".
Used to drag that boat everywhere, even logged some good Atlantic Ocean day sail miles on it.
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Re: sailing 16' Tanzer

I grew up with a Tanzer 16. At age 9, after years of sailing with my Dad on it, he pushed me off the dock and said to wave my arms if I couldn't get back. I sailed the crap out of that thing throughout my childhood and teens. So, yes, solo sailing is easy and fun. Ours had hiking straps and a tiller extender, both of which are necessary for a solo sailor with any moderate amount of breeze.

So, rigging. My Dad and I could easily raise the mast with 2 of us. I think it would be a challenge for 1 person without something like a gin pole (with which I have no experience).

Righting the boat. No, you will not get it upright if you go over. Ours went over once, and it filled with water and turtled. We had to use a powerboat, with a line attached to the mast, to get it upright. Actually was quite an ordeal. I suggest staying upright, which is not hard to do. We were being idiots, sailing downwind in a big blow, pulled up the centerboard to see if we could plane, and it didn't end well. With the CB down you'd almost have to be trying to go over.
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Re: sailing 16' Tanzer

The board SHOULD be up when you are sailing downwind!
I'd say technique and sailing ablility were your problems with not being able to get it upright.
David make sure you learn where the board should be for different points of sail, makes a big difference in these little boats.
It isn't there to keep you upright, it is there to provide lateral resistance so the boat moves forwards and not sideways. Your body weight is what keeps it upright well and sail trim.
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